Departmental Research Centres

The Enclosed Garden by David Jones

David Jones Centre

The David Jones Centre
 supports research on the history and impact of Modernism in Wales and, more broadly, on the creative interaction of word and image, the textual and the visual. The Centre hosts an annual conference and seminar programme, and seeks to promote the exciting possibilities for new research offered by the literary and artistic archives at the National Library of Wales. If you would like more information, please contact Luke Thurston.




‘ContemPo’, which was founded in 2006, is the everyday or ‘working’ title of the Centre for Contemporary Poetry, which is a collaborative research centre co-ordinated by the English Departments of the ‘triangular core’ of Aberystwyth University (Co-ordinator, Peter Barry), Northumbria University (Co-ordinator: Ian Davidson), and the University of Brighton (Co-ordinator John Wrighton).

It is a ‘critical/creative’ grouping devoted to the interests of poets who are also academics, academics who are also poets, and those who are ‘merely’ one or the other. Contempo has a special (but not exclusive) interest in investigating experimental and performance poetries and their poetics.

Its core-activity is a programme of video-linked papers, seminars, and performances by academics, postgraduate students, and invitees of the three full-member institutions. For further information visit ContemPo.

Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) is part of the research and enterprise partnership between Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities. It was launched in 2006 and is a collaborative interdisciplinary research institute. IMEMS brings together researchers and postgraduate students from both Universities working in the fields of history, literature, music, theology and Celtic studies, in the period 500-1800.

Its core activities include a fortnightly video-link research seminar which is broadcast live across Wales.

IMEMS organizes programmes of conferences, workshops and colloquia, which are attended by scholars from around the world. IMEMS provides a lively research environment for Postgraduate Students, whether at Masters or PhD level. With the regular programmes of research seminars, student led workshops and postgraduate training sessions, IMEMS offers a supportive and stimulating context for postgraduate work in medieval and early modern studies. For further information go to