Symposium: 'Y Gymraeg a Brexit’

8 November 2016, Neuadd Reichel Bangor University

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The aim of this symposium, which is being organised by Canolfan Bedwyr Bangor University, it to begin the task of considering the situation facing the Welsh language following Brexit.

The key note address will be delivered by Emyr Lewis. A highly respected lawyer and specialist on language rights, Emyr Lewis will deliver a lecture on the legal implications for the Welsh language following Brexit, titled 'Dwi isio fy iaith nôl': sofraniaeth, xenophobia a'r Gymraeg yn dilyn refferendwm Ewrop ('I want my language back': sovereignty, xenophobia and the Welsh language following the EU referendum).

Following the keynote address, a panel of academic staff from Bangor University will discuss the Welsh language and Brexit from various standpoints. They shall discuss the historical context of the rhetoric that is currently emerging, the practical implications for language planning today as well as the possible implications for the Welsh language as a result of the impact on the economy, health and agriculture. The members of the panel will be Dr Tomos Owen (School of English Literature ), Dr Lowri Hughes (Canolfan Bedwyr), Dr Prysor Williams (School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography), Dr Myfanwy Davies (School of Social Sciences), Dr Edward Jones (Bangor Business School). The panel presentations will be followed by an opportunity for open discussion.

The aim of the symposium is to inspire a wide-ranging exploration of the possible impactions for the Welsh language following Brexit. In so doing, it is hoped that the work of planning and responding proactively to secure the future of Welsh in this new context can begin.

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13:30 Registration
14:00 Emyr Lewis: 'Dwi isio fy iaith nôl': sofraniaeth, xenophobia a'r Gymraeg yn dilyn refferendwm Ewrop. ('I want my language back': sovereignty, xenophobia and the Welsh language following the EU referendum).
15:00 Tea and Coffee
15:15 Presentations from the panel
Dr Tomos Owen: the historical and literary context of the Welsh-speaking / Anglo-Welsh / British rhetoric
Dr Lowri Hughes: the effects on language planning today
Dr Prysor Williams: the possible impact on the Welsh language as a result of the large-scale changes likely to effect the agricultural sector
Dr Myfanwy Davies: the possible impact on the Welsh language as a result of changes to the health sector  
Dr Edward Jones: the practical effects on the Welsh economy, especially as language and economy is a critical theme in relation to the development of the Welsh language

15:45 Question and Open discussion session
16:30 Close

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The symposium will be held in Neuadd Reichel on Ffriddoedd Road. Neuadd Reichel is numbered 17 on the campus map below.

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There are plenty of free parking spaces to be found in front of the hall.

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The symposium is now fully subscribed.

If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email bedwyr20@bangor.ac.uk.

Alternatively you may wish to follow the proceedings via #bedwyr20 on Twitter.

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If you have any enquiries regarding the symposium, you are most welcome to contact the organisers:

Email: bedwyr20@bangor.ac.uk

Phone: 01248 383293.

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Emyr Lewis's keynote lecture (in Welsh) can now be viewed online through Flip technology or downloaded as a PDF file.

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