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British Braids: Intercultural dynamics in the British Isles today
Twickenham, April 2001


BRITISH BRAIDS
Intercultural dynamics in the British Isles today

Brunel University, Twickenham Campus, London

19-21 April 2001


The British Braids conference is to address the diversity of contemporary
concepts and practices of "Britishness". The focus will be on explorations
of cultural production and interpretation - of literature, screen texts,
drama, music, dance, for example - within the changing dynamics of
cultural pluralism in the British Isles. Relations within and between
national or regional cultures and traditions (Scottish, Welsh, Irish,
English, Merseyside, etc.) and those of other ethnic, social and cultural
groupings (Caribbean-British, British-Asian, African-British,
British-Islam, etc.) will be central concerns. Under the thematics of
identity politics, key questions will arise:

* the mapping of individuality through or against groups
* the plural self - bonus or trauma?
* the visibility/invisibility of certain groups and cultures
* innovations and retentions in language, cultural tradition, and ideology
* diverging cultural receptions
* negotiations of the impact of cultures centred abroad
* the interweaving of race, gender, and sexual orientation, etc.

Please send abstracts of 250 words for papers, and/or panel suggestions,
plus a short biographical note, by 31 October 2000, either by email to
Paula Burnett (Paula.Burnett@brunel.ac.uk) or Anshuman Mondal
(Anshuman.Mondal@brunel.ac.uk or by post to either at Faculty of Arts,
Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH, UK.