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.