Forthcoming Comparative Study Visit in Wales, United Kindom, June 21-24

‘LANGUAGE, CULTURAL AND IDENTITY RIGHTS, AND DEVOLUTION IN WALES’

DPI is organising a Comparative Study Visit to Wales, United Kingdom, to take place from 21st – 24th June 2012. This visit will be hosted by the Welsh Government, and will include numerous roundtable discussions with participants and key note speakers, to take place in government buildings in Cardiff. Invitees include journalists, academics, civil society representatives and Members of Parliament from Turkey’s main political parties. Panel speakers during the visit include experts on language, cultural and identity issues in Wales, as well as specialists in the area of devolution in the United Kingdom. Guests are expected to include representatives from all of the Welsh Assembly’s main political parties; ministers; and other senior figures within government. In addition to roundtable discussions, a number of cultural visits will be made within Cardiff and in the surrounding area. This a activity is part of DPI’s Turkey programme, which has previously included Comparative Study visits to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, as well as roundtable activities in Turkey.

The Comparative Study visit to Wales, entitled ‘Language, Culture and Identity Rights and Devolution in Wales’, will examine issues of language, identity and culture in the context of Wales, and will focus in particular on the subject of the United Kingdom’s devolution in the context of the Welsh experience.

Previous DPI activities in this series have taken place over the last year, with participants visiting London, Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh, and taking part in roundtable discussions on diverse subjects including conflict resolution, constitutional arrangements, devolution in the Scottish and Northern Irish contexts, and language and identity issues across the United Kingdom. The response of these activities has been highly positive, with extensive media coverage and a continuation of discussion occurring as a result.

Other DPI Comparative Studies planned for this year will take place in South Africa. Future studies are intended to take place in other relevant parts of the world.

Records of all of DPI’s Comparative Studies visits have been published and are available via DPI’s website: www.democraticprogress.org. A record including all of the discussions in Wales will be available from DPI. For a hard copy of these publications or for any further information please contact Eleanor Johnson at ejohnson@democraticprogress.org