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Cultural, Political and Religious Identity Formation in Britain and Ireland, c. 1500-1914

June 18, 2015 - June 19, 2015
Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures, Adam Mickiewicz University

Poznań
Poland

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Confirmed Speakers: Dr Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, National University of Ireland, Galway Piotr Pininski, Fundacja Lanckoronskich

Cultural, political and religious identities within the four nations of Britain and Ireland in the early modern and modern periods developed against shifting backgrounds of political and economic co-operation and antagonism; war and violence; and international diplomatic pressures.

This conference seeks to problematise and historicise the issue of British and Irish cultural, political and confessional identities in the early modern and modern periods, firmly situated in their proper historical contexts. We are interested in the convergence of these three aspects of identity across the early modern and modern periods, and in the contradictions that incompatible political, religious, and cultural loyalties created. This scholarly meeting will provide a platform for the discussion of the development of cultural, political and confessional identities in Britain and Ireland as a result of exchange and encounter within and between the four nations and engagement with international ideas and developments. In particular, we seek papers that address the following:

  • Shifting language borders
  • Identity formation in the context of colonisation and European expansion
  • Identity formation and confessionalisation
  • The impact of emigration and industrial revolution on identity formation
  • Nationalism, cultural movements and identity formation
  • Militarisation, pacifism and identity
  • Religious dissent and identity

The organisers welcome papers that address any of these issues. Please send a 300 word abstract of your paper and a one-page CV to the organisers, Dr Martyna Jones and Dr Danielle McCormack (mjones@wa.amu.edu.pl; dmccormack@wa.amu.edu.pl) by 21 February 2015.

The organisers hope to publish a volume based on selected proceedings.

The language of the conference is English.

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