Beyond Borders - 22-23 June 2017

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:49:00 GMT

Beyond Borders: An international seminar organised by Identity Papers: A Journal of British and Irish Studies

22-23 June 2017

The two-day Beyond Borders seminar will take place at the University of Huddersfield in June 2017. The seminar is an initiative of Identity Papers: A Journal of British and Irish Studies, produced by University of Huddersfield Press. 

The focus of our seminar is impactful, co-produced, participatory or partnered research from any discipline on identities in Britain and Ireland, and comparative work on identities in other countries. Moving beyond borders of various kinds is an urgent issue for academics in 2017: an interdisciplinary, international, connected conversation is our approach.

At our seminar, we also hope to learn of the non-academic collaborations that colleagues have made in their areas (i.e. with museums, charities, NGOs, cultural organisations), potentially connecting researchers and non-academic organisations across the world. Our key aim, though, is to foster cross-disciplinary conversations, and people from the fields of music, law, history, political science, linguistics and literary/cultural studies will be in attendance.  

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Confirmed participants

Professor Paul Nesbitt-Larking (Huron University College, Canada)

Dr Toby Martin (University of Huddersfield)

Dr Milan Ferenčík (University of Prešov, Slovakia)

Dr Shamim Miah (University of Huddersfield)

Professor Paul Thomas (University of Huddersfield)

Dr Shaun McDaid (University of Huddersfield)

Professor Romain Garbaye (Université Paris 3, Sorbonne Nouvelle, France)

Donia Touihri-Mebarek (Université Rennes 2, France)

Professor Jim McAuley (University of Huddersfield)

Dr Jodie Matthews (University of Huddersfield)

Professor Paul Ward (University of Huddersfield)

Ani Mikaere (Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa, New Zealand))

Dr Nepia Mahuika (University of Waikato, New Zealand)

Rangiemarie Mahuika (University of Waikato, New Zealand)

Since its inception in 2009, the Academy for British and Irish Studies (originally named the Academy for the Study of Britishness) has proved a model for cross-disciplinary international working. Its members have, in their interdisciplinary and innovative research practices, embraced participatory and co-produced research as an important way to produce new knowledge about identities in Britain and Ireland. The Academy’s latest successful activity, the launch of its journal, Identity Papers, with University of Huddersfield Press, demonstrated both the value of this approach and its international appeal.

Image 1: "The Rhodes Colossus" – cartoon by Edward Linley Sambourne, published in Punch after Rhodes announced plans for a telegraph line from Cape Town to Cairo in 1892. This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less.

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