CALL FOR PAPERS
MYSTICISM, MYTH, NATIONALISM
AHRC funded conference 23 & 24 July 2010
University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus
Proposals can be accepted until 8 January 2010.
Confirmed speakers: Barry Cunliffe, Máiréad Nic Craith, Ronald Hutton
Mythical and mystical localities figure prominently in canonical literature and popular culture. This conference will explore how notions of the mystic past inflect current debates about nationhood and/or regionalism. We seek to engage with a wide range of approaches, and therefore invite proposals from disciplines including (but not limited to) archaeology, history, Celtic studies, anthropology, and literature. The conference aims to address such questions as: How are some places, such as Cornwall, felt to be particularly ‘haunted’ by a mythologised, mystic past? What impact does this perception have on their identity politics? How do different nations and regions compare? We are especially interested in how ‘Celtic’ areas such as Wales and Scotland compare to the rest of Britain, but are also keen to explore other locations.
Possible topics include:
* Archaeology and its role in the construction of nations
* The history of spirituality
* Nationalist and regional writing
* Gothic literature and fantasy
* Oral history and traditions
* Romanticised regions
* Memory and place
* Nationalism and globalisation
We are also publishing an edited collection which will draw on selected papers of the conference.
Please send enquiries and proposals of 200-250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org
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