The University of Exeter’s Institute of Cornish Studies is organising a two day academic conference for academics and those interested in this subject at all levels (including those undergoing postgraduate research and others) on the particular nature of so-called Celtic Fringe politics.
The conference will take place at the Cornwall Campus of the University of Exeter from June 20th-21st 2013 in Tremough House. This two day conference will discuss the specific nature of politics and history that might affect areas away from the English metropolitan centre. Although the conference organisers anticipate that papers will focus on 19th to 21st century politics and political history, papers will be welcomed that add to the debate about this unique political phenomenon.
Topics for papers might include, though are not limited to:
• Nationalism within one of the nations of Britain
• Nationalist parties: The SNP, Plaid Cymru, Mebyon Kernow etc.
• Identity as a driver to voter choice
• The historical development of voting behaviour in these areas
• The Liberal and Liberal Democrat survival and eventual success in these regions
• The nature of UK two-party politics in the context of the Celtic Fringe
• Personality politics and whether it plays a greater role in these areas
• The nature of political campaigning in large rural communities
• The nature of political identity within the Celtic Fringe
• The potential impacts of religious non-conformity
• The effects of devolution and local government
• Comparative studies with areas outside the UK: Ireland, Brittany etc.
Abstracts for papers proposed for the conference should be no more than 300 words long with a 100 description of the presenter for the event handbook that will be produced for the conference.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday 29th March and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you need more information or wish to ask if a paper would be suitable please send an email in the first instance.
The conference organisers plan to publish a selection of the papers as a book on completion of the conference.
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