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STUDYING WALES TODAY: A MICRO-COSMOPOLITAN APPROACH

In this article, originally delivered as a lecture, Professor M. Wynn Thomas, the Founding Vice-President of the Learned Society of Wales, sets out his vision for Wales Studies and how to ensure its development and future. Using Michael Cronin’s concept of ‘micro- cosmopolitanism’, the article argues that Wales Studies, that is, academic research in any discipline that addresses the condition of Wales, is a flourishing area that could play a more influential role in the global culture and economy despite Wales’s small size. Professor Thomas sets out a three-phase plan for Wales Studies which the Learned Society of Wales intends to implement, given sufficient resources and government support.

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