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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 6:02 pm    Post subject: Cardiff University Seminars - Seminarau Prifysgol Caerdydd Reply with quote

Dydd Mawrth 23 Hydref

Huw Thomas

Breuddwyd i Baradwys?
Y Dylanwadau ar Dwf Ysgolion Cymraeg
De-ddwyrain Cymru

Dydd Mawrth 13 Tachwedd

Dr Siwan Rosser

‘Ynom mae y Clawdd?’
Croesi ffiniau llenyddol

Dydd Mawrth 11 Rhagfyr

Yr Athro Justin Lewis

S4C and the future of Welsh broadcasting

Cynhelir pob seminar am 5.15pm yn ystafell 1.69,
Ysgol y Gymraeg, Adeilad y Dyniaethau, Prifysgol Caerdydd.

Croeso mawr i bawb!

( OK - I had in mind only the last one actually - this was sent to me by E Wyn James - search for his email in cradiff.ac.uk )
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually get a constant stream of thse circulars from the university but ceased to clock them on repwblic as being too obscure though maybe interesting enough, but since this one mentions ' Jefferson's Taper ' ...


Darlith Fawreddog: Jefferson’s Taper and the Future of Books, wedi’i thraddodi gan yr Athro Robert Darnton, Athro Prifysgol Carl H. Pforzheimer ym Mhrifysgol Harvard a Chyfarwyddwr Llyfrgell Prifysgol Harvard

Dyddiad: Dydd Llun 5 Rhagfyr 2011
Lleoliad: Yr Ysgol Optometreg a Gwyddorau’r Golwg

Ddydd Llun, 5 Rhagfyr 2011, bydd yr Athro Robert Darnton, Prifysgol Harvard, yn cyflwyno Darlith Fawreddog Prifysgol Caerdydd ar destun Jefferson’s Taper and the Future of Books.

Yn hanesydd diwylliannol blaenllaw sy’n cael ei gydnabod yn rhyngwladol am ei ymchwil i lyfrau, ysgolheictod digidol a hanes diwylliannol Ffrainc, bydd darlith yr Athro Darnton yn disgrifio’r ymgyrch i greu Llyfrgell Gyhoeddus Ddigidol America.

A chymryd Thomas Jefferson yn fan cychwyn iddo, bydd yr Athro Darnton yn olrhain taith cyfnewid syniadau, o ‘Taper’ Jefferson i fasnacheiddio’r rhyngrwyd.

Fe wnaeth Jefferson gymharu cyfnewid syniadau â throsglwyddo golau o un gannwyll i gannwyll arall – proses lle’r oedd un person ar ei ennill, ond lle nad oedd y llall ar ei golled. Bydd yr Athro Darnton yn dadlau bod buddiannau masnachol yn ecsbloetio technoleg ddigidol er mwyn neilltuo rhannau sylweddol o’n hetifeddiaeth ddiwylliannol, er bod y rhyngrwyd yn ymddangos fel pe bai’n trosi delfryd Jefferson yn system gyfathrebu hyfyw. O ganlyniad, mae’n bosibl bydd y buddiannau masnachol hyn yn tra-arglwyddiaethu ar ddyfodol llyfrau. Bydd yn sôn am yr ymgyrch i greu Llyfrgell Gyhoeddus Ddigidol America fel ateb i’r bygythiad hwnnw.

Mae darlith yr Athro Darnton yn rhan o Gyfres Darlithoedd Mawreddog uchel ei phroffil Prifysgol Caerdydd. Daw’r gyfres ag areithwyr gwadd blaenllaw a dylanwadol i’r Brifysgol ac i gynulleidfa ehangach i arddangos eu gwaith.

Cynhelir y ddarlith yn yr Ysgol Optometreg a Gwyddorau’r Golwg, Maindy Road, ar 5 Rhagfyr. Bydd derbyniad cyn y ddarlith yn cychwyn am 6.00pm, yna’r ddarlith am 6.30pm.

Gellir cadw lleoedd drwy anfon neges e-bost at publicbookings@caerdydd.ac.uk neu drwy ffonio 02920 876935


Distinguished lecture: Jefferson’s Taper and the Future of Books, delivered by
Professor Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard University Library

Date: Monday 5 December 2011
Location: School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University

On Monday 5th December 2011, Professor Robert Darnton, Harvard University will deliver Cardiff University’s Distinguished Lecture on the subject of Jefferson’s Taper and the Future of Books.

A leading cultural historian who is internationally recognised for his research into books, digital scholarship and French cultural history, Professor Darnton’s lecture will illuminate the campaign to create a Digital Public Library of America.

Taking Thomas Jefferson as his starting point, Professor Darnton will trace the journey of the exchange of ideas, from Jefferson’s Taper to the commercialisation of the internet.

Jefferson compared the exchange of ideas to the transfer of light from one candle to another - a process in which one person gained while the other did not lose. Professor Darnton will argue that although the internet seems to translate Jefferson’s ideal into a viable system of communication, commercial interests are exploiting digital technology in order to fence off large parts of our cultural commons. As a result, these commercial interests may dominate the future of books. He will cite the campaign to create a Digital Public Library of America as an answer to that threat.

Professor Darnton’s lecture is part of Cardiff University’s high-profile Distinguished Lecture Series. The series brings eminent and influential guest speakers to the University and a wider audience to showcase their work.

The lecture takes place at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Maindy Road on 5th December. A pre-lecture reception commences at 6.00pm, followed by the lecture at 6.30pm.

Places can be reserved by emailing publicbookings@cardiff.c.uk or by calling 02920 876935

Lois Roberts
Swyddog Cyhoeddusrwydd a Chynorthwyydd Personol i Bennaeth yr Ysgol /
Publicity Officer & PA to Head of School
T: 029 2087 0637
E: robertslm2@cf.ac.uk
W: www.cf.ac.uk/cymraeg

Ysgol y Gymraeg, Prifysgol Caerdydd, Rhodfa Colum, Caerdydd, CF10 3EU / School of Welsh, Cardiff University, Colum Drive, Cardiff CF10 3EU
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:08 am    Post subject: Peter Hennessy : Distilling the Frenzy - Writing the History Reply with quote



Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2012

Dear Gethin,

the guy that I am complaining about below might benefit from attending the following lecture :

Friday 30 th November - 1 pm - Room 0.31 Humanities Building Colum Road Campus, University College Cardiff,

Professor Peter Hennessy : Distilling the Frenzy - Writing the History of One's Own Times


FREE - but you have to book a place ( There was a previous lecture by Rhodri Morgan I believe in this series )

Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2012

Dear Gethin,

Phew ... " the people who are currently in power there are in that position because the majority of the population of Wales voted for them."

Ever feel like we are trying to order steak in a vegetarian restaurant, and all of the doors and windows are locked ?

This guy effectively tries to dismiss you as living in a private fantasy, in contrast to his own private fantasy of being able to educate everybody into become nationalists !!!

Talk about naivity : this guy actually thinks that he is a politician ? This is the kind of nationalist political illiteracy that makes me rage - he doesn't even know that this is Fascism !!!

Political arguments dismissed as token protests ? A consistent criticism from a well informed point of view alienates others as potential allies ? Shut up, do as your told - vote Plaid !!!

An interesting point to make back to him would be that if we are not critically aware of the way that history is manufactured and has shaped our consciousnesses then we have no hope of understanding the present other than as the supposedly inevitable consequences of the past - and then we are condemned to an inevitable future for the lack of any options.

For somebody to say that they are familiar with Welsh history, and while remaining mindful of it they look to the present and future not live in the past, suggests that they think that history is a simple record of facts and not a matter of contended discourses about them : the point to me is that the present is unknown to us and therefore none can write the future.

We are stuck in a political system where politicians are deeply aversive to collecting and analysing the facts of our present situation : the stories that win them votes can not be critically examined and they do not want them to be - nicely newly minted fantasies quickly replace the ones tarnished by the arrival of futures that they asserted would not happen.

This guy provides an example of what I have labeled Democratic Republicanism : Plaid is just another a sectarian party aspiring to control people not serve them, they are seeking votes as the basis of power not facts : this is the same carpet-bagging politics as before and it is both why the United Kingdom is beset by nationalists and why independence for Wales will be no remedy if this political system persists - the remedy is to reintroduce republicanism into the public discourse of mainstream Welsh politics and put the government of Wales at all levels on a sound factual basis. In other words, we need to find out the facts of what is going on in Wales before any political party can claim to be able tell us any stories about ourselves that we might consider voting for. The idea that this guy has of educating people into believing his own correct point of view and voting for him is fundamentally anti-democratic, and once again it illustrates my point that people in Plaid are so politically illiterate - and other people's point that the 1920's tap-root of Plaid is indeed in Fascism : OK not everybody in Plaid is a Fascist and I am not claiming that its members are consciously sharing Saunders Lewis' inclinations, but their political inheritance is a sort of technocracy.

You should make the point to this guy that republicans are sympathetic to people who are Welsh and to their language and culture - but not as a weapon used against other people.

Nationalists want independence more or less out of sentimentality if not prejudice - Republicans despair of the UK's political system and will not accept Nationalists replicating it.

Independence may offer more opportunities to make innovations in the political systems of Wales that will result in better government - but independence is not in itself a panacea.

Tell this guy to read the history of the Irish Free State : an object lesson in the Nationalist fantasy that mere independence not an effective political system will save the people.

Political ideas are to be treated as tools not ends in themselves, and when you mistake history for reality by using an idea like " Wales " uncritically then political mistakes must follow.

Well, blah blah blah ...

David B Lawrence

Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2012

( This is part of the email, redacted somewhat, that Gethin was sharing with me - I hope that I am excused for publishing this much in order to explain the above, )

( ... from a member of Plaid ... )

Gethin, I am familiar with Welsh history. However, the important thing is to look to the present and the future while remaining mindful of that history, rather than trying to live in the past.

I followed your blogs for a while, until I realised that nearly everything you post basically says the same things. You are obviously fond of berating others and alienating potential allies, because they don't act in the ways you think they should or agree with your particular viewpoints. Frankly, I think that such alienating tactics do far more harm than good to the nationalist cause.

I also disagree with the way you dismiss the Cardiff government. It's not perfect, and I disagree with some of the things they do, but that's democracy for you. Like it or not, the people who are currently in power there are in that position because the majority of the population of Wales voted for them.

In my opinion the most important thing the nationalist movement can do is to win the hearts and minds of the majority of Welsh people who are not currently nationalists. It's all about educating the public about the benefits of nationalism and independence. Token protests often set back this process, unless people can clearly see the benefits to them.

Still, to each his own. You have a right to your views. Just remember that your way is not the only way.

... ( part of Gethin's response to the above ) ...


You do it your way and I will do it my way, it will all come out in the wash. Meanwhile I suggest you take a long look into other national struggles and see how old useless nationalism would collaborate and had to make way for a new Radical Nationalism or Socialism. As regards my use of history, Patriotism and Politics, I suggest you know nothing of me or of my work ...

( ... the reader will therefore understand that whilst Gethin and I disagree on many policies, as critical people should, our viewpoints are oriented towards republican not nationalist analyses ... )
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