[Msa-discuss] CFP: New Elizabethans 1953-2013: Nation, Culture, and Modern Identity

Irene Morra MorraI at cardiff.ac.uk
Thu Oct 11 13:04:26 EDT 2012

  New Elizabethans 1953-2013: Nation, Culture, and Modern Identity
  13-15 June 2013
  Papers are invited for a major international, interdisciplinary conference to be held at Senate House, London, June 13-15th, 2013. Coinciding with the 60-year anniversary of the Coronation, this conference will explore the ways in which the ideal of a new (or second) Elizabethan age has been variously defined, promoted, and challenged in Britain and the Commonwealth. Following closely after the London Olympics and Jubilee celebrations, it will also offer a fitting opportunity to explore the ways in which these values continue to present themselves in contemporary definitions of national identity, culture, and character.
  In the years surrounding the Coronation of Elizabeth II, British political and cultural life was suffused with a language that both prophesized and idealized the potential for a new Elizabethan era. The self-styled new Elizabethans identified an innate national character in the accomplishments of a vanished age. This age was apparently manifest in ‘Shakespearean’ music, theatre, and poetry -- and characterized by imperial expansion and exploration, a clear sense of social hierarchy, a fierce and heroic spirit of patriotic individualism, and the brave resistance of a mighty little people to larger invading forces.
  Such constructions inevitably responded to the anxieties and aspirations of a post-war, post-imperial Britain. The new Elizabethans characteristically asserted the latent, continuous presence of the essential spirit of an earlier era, invoking its legacy for the forging of a new, contemporary nation. It is the aim of this conference to explore the informing values and assumptions behind such constructions, to investigate their manifestation in various contexts and forms, and to expose the ways in which they continue to be promoted in contemporary social, cultural, and political definitions of modern identity in relation to Britain and the Commonwealth. To that end, the event will be organized around two complementary themes: ‘Origins and the New Elizabethan Moment’ and ‘Cultural and Social Legacies: Staging a New Elizabethan Era.’
  Papers are invited from a variety of critical and disciplinary perspectives. We particularly encourage contributions from those working in history, literature, politics, religion, music, theatre, film and television, cultural studies, sport, design, and visual art. Ideally, papers will engage with such informing themes as nostalgia, patriotism, heritage, progress, tradition, national character, and/or nation itself.  
  Possible areas of exploration include (but are certainly not limited to):
  The Festival of Britain
The Arts Council and cultural policy
Bloomsbury and Elizabethanism
Church, Reformation, and devotion
Jubilee and/or Coronation celebrations
Everest, exploration, and adventure
International receptions of New Elizabethanism
History and modern historiography
Constitutional definitions
Political/cultural constructions of Commonwealth
Power, duty, leadership, and gender
Human rights and national values
Class and social hierarchy
Race, citizenship, and belonging
Modern theatre and modern Britain
National iconography and design
Shakespeare in a new Elizabethan age
Music and national tradition
Sport and nation
National cuisine
Satire and subversion
New Elizabethanism and popular culture
Writing the state-of-the-nation
National myth and/or ritual
  Confirmed speakers include:
  Michael Bogdanov                  Edward Bond             Richard Eyre              Michael Hirst
  Dr Scott Anthony (History, University  of Cambridge)
  Professor Arthur Aughey (Politics, University  of Ulster)
  Professor Stephen Banfield (Music, Bristol  University)
  Professor Vernon Bogdanor (Institute for Contemporary History, King’s College London)
  Professor Rob Carson (English Literature, Hobart and William Smith)
  Professor Becky Conekin (History, Yale  University)
  Dr Rob Gossedge (English Literature, Cardiff  University)
  Dr Ankhi Mukherjee (English Literature, University of Oxford)
  Professor Helen Phillips (English Literature, Cardiff  University)
  David Prosser (Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada)
  Professor Jeffrey Richards (Cultural History, Lancaster  University)
  Professor Paul Stevens (English Literature, University  of Toronto)
  Professor Heather Wiebe (Music, University  of Virginia)
  Professor Richard Wilson (Shakespeare Studies, Kingston  University)
  Ghislaine Wood (Senior Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum)
  Proposals (max. 250 words) for papers of 20 minutes should be sent to the conference organizer, Dr Irene Morra (Cardiff University), at newelizabethanconference at hotmail.com by 15 December 2012.
      General Enquiries: The School of Advanced Study is part of the central University of London. The School takes its responsibility to visitors with special needs very seriously and will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments to its facilities in order to accommodate the needs of such visitors. If you have a particular requirement, please feel free to discuss it confidentially with the organiser in advance of the event taking place.
  Jon Millington, Events Officer, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU; tel +44 (0) 207 664 4859; Email: IESEvents at sas.ac.uk.
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