What is Wales Studies?

Wales Studies is the intellectual exploration, explanation and understanding of all things relating to Wales and its relations with the wider world. As such Wales Studies describes the inclusive, cross disciplinary study of Welsh history, literature, science, creative arts and cultural expression.

Wales Studies is the intellectual exploration and understanding of all things relating to Wales and its relations with the wider world.

To have a knowledge and awareness of what it means to live in a modern Wales; to have an affinity to Wales; and to be able to participate in Welsh society requires an understanding of Welsh history, its sciences, arts, language, culture and connecting with Wales as a place and natural heritage, all of which are critical parts of developing a sense of identity, confidence and sense of wellbeing. This integrated concept of landscape and community or ‘sense of home’ is uniquely captured by the Welsh word cynefin, that is, the multiplicity of narratives that intersect to create a sense of place, belonging and identity.

The inclusive term “Wales Studies”, adopted by the Society embraces a wide range of subjects that capture the knowledge and understanding of Wales covering  traditional areas such as history, politics,  the Welsh language, sociology & literature, and also relevant areas from the sciences, archaeology, health, education, technology, arts, music and natural environments.

Although many different organisations, individuals and disciplines are currently involved in promoting different aspects of Wales Studies, none have tried to harness the collective power of aggregating the different strands until now. Conscious of the need to cultivate a perception of an outward facing, inclusive, integrative Society that seeks to deliver its objectives where possible by collaboration and partnership with other cognate societies and organisations in the pursuit of better serving Wales, the Society has adopted Wales Studies as a key, high-profile project, and allocated dedicated funding to support an on-going programme of activity.