Issue 36

Heb ei fai, heb ei eni: ‘Disgwrs’ a Moeseg y Wladfa (Those without fault are yet to be born: the ‘Discourse’ and Ethics of Welsh Patagonia)

The recent online public discussion about Welsh Patagonia has been characterized by a tendency to condemn the settlers from Wales on moral grounds. This article takes on this debate, weighing up how, and to what extent, it is possible for us to place Y Wladfa and its people on the scales of morality. It gives detailed attention to the writing of Geraldine Lublin and Lucy Taylor on the history, as examples of reflective, multi-layered analysis that succeeds in conveying the complexity and difficulties of the situation. Having offered this outline, Iris Marion Young’s ethical framework is applied to the history, in order to highlight key ethical considerations, following Catherine Lu’s application of the same ‘social connection’ model to Japanese colonial history. Some initial conclusions are offered about what is revealed. 


Colony, ethics, colonisation, Iris Marion Young, social media


Williams, H. (2023), 'Heb ei fai, heb ei eni: ‘Disgwrs’ a Moeseg y Wladfa', Gwerddon, 36, 49-64. 

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