English & Welsh Diasporas: Regional Cultures, Disparate Voices, Remembered Lives, to be held 13-16 April 2011 at Loughborough University.
While the histories of Scots and Irish rural and local culture are well
documented, and Celtic tradition celebrated, less explored are the
traditional ways of life of English and Welsh rural or local communities
and identities in terms of diasporic event. ‘English & Welsh Diaspora’
aims to address all aspects of rural and regional experience,
consciousness, and representation of displacement, dispossession, the
transformation or destruction of communities, the idea of community,
across a millennium of change and loss, from the Norman Invasion and the
Harrowing of the North, the loss of Welsh and the decline of the
language community in Wales, to more recent historical and cultural
events, such as the closure of mines and factories, the gentrification
of villages, and the closure of post offices. There will, in addition be
the exploration of the historical transformation of the landscape, the
relation of land to identity, regional as opposed to national identity,
folklore, folk practices and oral tradition through song, dance,
story-telling and forms of ritual and seasonal practice.
Plenary Speakers: *ALEXANDRA HARRIS, Liverpool University, ROGER EBBATSON, Lancaster University, NICK GROOM, Exeter University; RONALD HUTTON, Bristol University; BRIDGET KEEGAN, Creighton University; RUTH ROBBINS, Leeds Metropolitan University*
Performers: *John Kirkpatrick, Hugh Lupton, Ceri Rhys Matthews & ***Christine Cooper***, Northampton Morris, Telling the Bees, Chris Wood*.
(Anyone interested in attending the concerts can also book separately.)
For further information / inquiries: email Julian Wolfreys.