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The Centre for Welsh Politics and Society (CWPS-WISERD) at Aberystwyth University present the Annual Welsh Politics and Society Lecture 2021: 

'Showing true colours: the changing politics of race equality in Wales'

Speaker: Professor Charlotte Williams OBE (Honorary Professor, Bangor University)


7pm – 8.00pm

Tuesday 8th June 2021

Online: Zoom 


The 2021 Annual Welsh Politics and Society Lecture is presented by Professor Charlotte Williams OBE, Honorary Professor at Bangor University and Chair of the recent Welsh Government Working Group on ‘Communities, Contributions and Cynefin: Black Asian Minority Ethnicities in the new curriculum’.

A number of recent events have sharpened the lens on racial inequality in Wales, generating a broad and sweeping response by the Welsh government and reverberating across public institutions. In several respects the contemporary approach of the Welsh government on race equality accords with the broader claims of distinctiveness in Welsh policy making, and the now familiar trope of the politics of divergence. But, as Charlotte Williams will argue, the contemporary conjuncture signifies much more for the nation.  The lecture considers some of the key twists and turns on race equality across the 20 years of devolution, casting a glance back to historical claims to tolerance, internationalism and inclusivity as part of a national sentiment and forward to a consideration of the tenacity of any distinctive drift away from wider UK politics of race. Navigating post-Brexit, post-election, post-Covid futures in this respect is not without its challenges, raising questions about sustained political will, resourcing, trust and public confidence and professional competence.  Charlotte Williams will seek to interrogate this contemporary scene, drawing attention to particularities of the Welsh context as well as generating broader points for comparison in equalities policy and practice. 


There will be an opportunity for questions and answers, which will be bilingual with live interpretation. The lecture will be in English. 

The Zoom link will be emailed to you in the confirmation email and 24 hours before the event.  

Please note that the event will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube. This will help to make the event and information accessible to more people. Information on our privacy notice can be found here

We look forward to seeing you there! 


For further information on the event, please contact [email protected].

This event is organised the Centre for Welsh Politics and Society (CWPS-WISERD) at Aberystwyth University.

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Canolfan Gwleidyddiaeth a Chymdeithas Cymru / Centre for Welsh Politics and Society


Canolfan ymchwil ryngddisgyblaethol ym Mhrifysgol Aberystwyth yw Canolfan Wleidyddiaeth a Chymdeithas Cymru, gyda’r nod o ddatblygu ein dealltwriaeth o wleidyddiaeth a chymdeithas gyfoes yng Nghymru yng nghyd-destun byd cydgysylltiedig, gan gefnogi a chyflawni gwaith ymchwil o safon fyd-eang yn y gwyddorau cymdeithasol, a chyfrannu at wybodaeth gyhoeddus a dadleuon a datblygiad polisi yng Nghymru.

Mae Canolfan Gwleidyddiaeth a Chymdeithas Cymru hefyd yn gweithredu fel cangen Aberystwyth o WISERD, gan ddarparu cysylltiadau â gwyddonwyr cymdeithasol ym mhrifysgolion Bangor, Caerdydd, De Cymru ac Abertawe.


The Centre for Welsh Politics and Society is an interdisciplinary research centre at Aberystwyth University aimed at developing our understanding of contemporary politics and society in Wales in the context of an inter-connected world, supporting and delivering world-class research in the social sciences, and contributing to public knowledge and debates and policy development in Wales.

The Centre for Welsh Politics and Society also functions as the Aberystwyth arm of WISERD, providing links with social scientists at Bangor, Cardiff, South Wales and Swansea universities.

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