International Conference on Welsh Studies 2016

Harvard University
 Sponsored by

The Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures

at Harvard University


20th - 22nd July 2016


Keynote Speakers

  • Matthew Rhys (in conversation with Daniel Williams), "From House of America to The Americans” (The Richard Burton Centre Annual Lecture, Swansea University)
  • Marc Shell (Harvard University), "Language Wars” (Sponsored by the Learned Society of Wales)
  • Rt.Hon. Rhodri Morgan, "Is the UK Breaking Up and Does it Matter to Wales?” (Sponsored by Swansea University) 
  • Sarah Prescott (Aberystwyth University), "Archipelagic Elegy: Eighteenth-Century Women's Poetry from Ireland, Scotland and Wales" (Sponsored by Aberystwyth University)

Information for Delegates

Conference programme

Travel information

For delegates staying in on-campus accommodation:

Additional conference events

Throughout the conference:

  • Welsh Studies Display in the window of the Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave

Friday July 22 at 7:00 pm:



To register for NAASWCH 2016:

2016 Conference Registration

On -Campus Conference Accommodation


A limited number of single rooms on campus are available to conference participants.  The rooms are within walking distance of the conference venue, in a graduate dormitory on the Harvard campus.

    • All rooms are single-occupancy, air-conditioned, and en suite with private bath.  Linens will be provided (sheets, pillowcases, blanket, towels).  Residents will have access to a lounge with television, laundry facilities and kitchen.
    • Still available: either two single rooms or one suite (two single rooms, shared bath, and lounge) 
    • These rooms are available only to persons 18 years and older.
    • If you will require special accommodations, including any accessibility requirements related to a disability, please contact Melinda Gray before reserving a room.
    • Cost: $520 (USD) for 4 nights: Tuesday July 19 - Friday July 22
    • Rooms are available on a first-come, first served basis and must be paid for in full at time of reservation. There will be no discount if a participant chooses to stay fewer than 4 nights. 
    • If you would like to reserve a room or rooms, please fill out the  NAASWCH 2016 Conference Accommodation  and send it to NAASWCH Treasurer to Melinda Gray. Payment should be made via PayPal using the link below:

To pay for on-campus accommodation that you have already reserved please also use the PayPal link above.

Call for Papers

The NAASWCH Program Committee seeks diverse perspectives on all aspects of Wales and Welsh culture – as well as proposals focused on the Welsh in North America – from many disciplines, including history, literature, languages, art, social sciences, political science, philosophy, music, and religion.

The Call for Papers is now closed.


NAASWCH is a multidisciplinary association of scholars, teachers and individuals dedicated to advancing scholarship on Welsh studies, supporting the study of Welsh-American culture and fostering international bonds between scholars, teachers and the Welsh-American community.

Towards these ends, NAASWCH holds a biennial conference where scholars of history, literature, language and the arts present and discuss the results of their research.

Visit the NAASWCH website.