Position: Professor of German / Pro-Vice Chancellor (Students)
Phone: +44 (0)1248 382132 (2132 internal)
Location: Room 10, Prof's Corridor
Professor Carol Tully is Pro-Vice Chancellor (Students) and Professor of German at Bangor University. She studied German and Spanish at Strathclyde and completed her doctorate at Queen Mary London. She has since established an international reputation as a scholar in the area of European cultural exchange in the nineteenth century with a primary focus in Germany and Spain. She has published a number of books, scholarly editions, translations and journal articles. She continues to be an active researcher and postgraduate supervisor and is the principle investigator on the AHRC-funded projects European Travellers to Wales 1750-2010 (etw.bangor.ac.uk) and Travellers to Wales (footsteps.bangor.ac.uk). She was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2016.
Professor Tully was Head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Bangor for six years and also Deputy Head of the College of Arts and Humanities. She has been active in a number of subject associations, in particular as Welsh representative on the University Council for Modern Languages, and the founding Chair of the Steering Group for Routes into Languages Cymru. She has fulfilled a number of roles for the AHRC and is currently a member of the AHRC Modern Languages Advisory Board. She took up the role of Pro-Vice Chancellor (Students) in 2011 and currently has responsibility for a number of areas across the university including Student Services, Student Engagement, Halls of Residence, Sport and Catering, as well as working closely with the university’s Property and Campus Services department on the development of teaching facilities and heritage buildings.
I supervise / co-supervise the following students:
Christina Les, ‘Literary conceptions of Wales’ (AHRC-funded, part of the European Travellers to Wales 1750 – 2010 project, with Dr Gillian Jein).
Angela Lotz, Translating Kenneth White’s ‘House of Tides: Letters from Brittany and Other Lands of the West’ (PhD by practice, with Dr Stefan Baumgarten)
German and Spanish literary relations in the 19th Century; Intercultural relations in the nineteenth century (Germany/Spain/France/Great Britain); Travel Writing; Translation
I am the PI on two inter-related projects, both funded by the AHRC. Work on these is still ongoing.
I was the principle investigator on the AHRC-funded project European Travellers to Wales (1750-2010). Full details can be found on our website: etw.bangor.ac.uk.
This three year research project investigates the texts of European travellers to Wales in the period 1750-2010. It is a collaboration between myself, Dr Heather Williams from the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies in Aberystwyth and Dr Kathryn Jones from Swansea University. We also have a research assistant based in Aberystwyth, Dr Rita Singer, and two PhD students, Anna-Lou Dijkstra and Christina Les.
There are many reasons why Wales has been overlooked in the field of travel writing. Often accounts of travel to Wales are ‘hidden’ in writing about England, and even when travellers and critics have been interested in the Celtic nations, Wales has been neglected in favour of Scotland and Ireland. Building on the existing scholarship concerning English travellers, this project seeks to redefine perceptions of Wales by broadening the gaze of travel writing to encompass European travellers and their observations.
The project had the following outcomes: an international conference ‘"Minority" Cultures and Travel’ , September 14-16 2015 at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth; a digital database of sources on travellers to Wales; a museum exhibition at Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth, Summer 2015, travelling to other locations in Wales, 2015; a special issue on Wales of the academic journal Studies in Travel Writing, Spring 2014; and a co-authored interdisciplinary book, Hidden Texts, Hidden nation: (Re)Discoveries of Wales in the French and German Travel Writing (Liverpool UP, 2020).
The second project, Travellers to Wales, was funded through the AHRC's Follow-on funding for Impact and Engagement call. This saw the creation of a website for modern-day tourists to Wales, footsteps.bangor.ac.uk, making use of the wealth of material discovered during the main ETW project. It was a collaboration between Bangor (Tully, Singer), CAWCS (Williams), the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales and Visit Wales. The website was launched by the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport in May 2018.
Other Academic Activities
- AHRC Panel member
- AHRC Peer Review College member
- AHRC Strategic Advisor
- AHRC OWRI Advisory Board member
- External examiner (MA, Comparative Literature), Birkbeck College, University of London