What constitutes Celtic identity in the 21st century? How does the definition of Celtic identity differ across the world, particularly around the Atlantic seaboard? How are Celtic identities transformed at cultural and geographical borders? What are the motivations behind the increasing number of self-identifying Celtic communities across the world? And how can such Celtic identities be reconciled within increasingly diverse spatial cultures?
How do modern Celtic identities continue to use (and abuse?) the past? What is the role and significance of cultural memory, oral traditions and the ancient landscape in the construction of Celtic identities? And to what extent should the local cultural significance of ancient monuments affect their conservation and representation as sites of national importance?
These are the questions to be explored by 21st Century Celts: a three-day public conference to be held at County Hall, Truro, Cornwall in the United Kingdom. This event is an initiative of CERN (Celtic Education & Research Network) and will combine a programme of academic papers with discussion forums, question and answer panels and displays and evening performances (including art, poetry and song). Its objective is to encourage a lively and informed academic debate surrounding the construction, manifestation and significance of ‘Celtic’ identities in the 21st century.
Papers are requested, addressing the themes raised by the questions above. Papers comparing and contrasting global ‘Celtic’ identities, and papers that discuss the means via which these identities are constructed, reproduced and/or transformed (e.g. landscape remnants, oral traditions, cultural memory, art, literature) are particularly desired.
It is envisaged that conference proceedings will eventually be published. Anyone wishing to submit a paper for consideration must send an abstract of no more than 300 words to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 1st May 2006. Any queries can also be sent to this email address. Many thanks.
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