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Anglo-Saxon Attitudes
Salford, July 1999

ANGLO-SAXON ATTITUDES A conference in pursuit of the English University of Salford, UK, 9-11 July 1999
Plenary speaker: Alison Light (others t.b.c.) The fin de siecle is traditionally a time for taking stock, and a time when anxieties about national identity and strength reach their peak. As the millennium approaches, Scotland and Wales are in the process of becoming autonomous, and the prospect of European union is producing a challenge, and even a threat, to the definition of the UK as we know it. This interdisciplinary conference aims to explore the concept of Englishness by examining its presence in various periods and genres, in the field of literary and cultural studies. Suggested topics include: devolution as seen on TV reading "English" the English abroad Poets Laureate regional identities Cool Britannia Merchant Ivory Millennium Dome "national" writers Britpop beyond the Turner prize heritage & folklore writers in exile Carry On Ealing We welcome proposals from scholars at all stages of their research, and intend to publish a selection of the papers given. Abstracts of c.300 words should be sent by e-mail to: Liz Hedgecock: Jo Knowles: or by snailmail to: Wendy Pickles, Conference Administrator, ESRI, University of Salford, Salford, Greater Manchester, M5 4WT, U.K. General (non-academic) enquiries can be e-mailed to Conference website: CLOSING DATE FOR PROPOSALS: 19 MARCH 1999