CFP: [International] Land & Identity Symposium

full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Christine Berberich
contact email: 

Land & Identity

A One-Day Symposium
Saturday, May 16th 2009,
University of Derby

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Stephen Daniels
(University of Nottingham)

Professor Donna Landry
(University of Kent)

This one-day event aims to gather academic researchers, artists, writers,
and other creative practitioners whose work focuses on land and identity.
The aim of the symposium is to investigate the complex issues surrounding
contemporary cultural discourses on land and identity â€" their production,
construction, and reconstruction. The symposium will be structured around
papers that offer disciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches opening
up discussion and new routes for research in a number of interrelated

Potential topics could include (but are by no means exhaustive):

• Representations of landscape
• Land and identity
• Borders / Borderscapes
• Gendered landscape
• Virtual and imagined landscapes
• Contested lands / spaces
• Ecocritical approaches to land
• National identity and nationalism
• (Post)Colonial lands
• The globalisation of land
• Cartography
• Maps
• Countryside vs. City
• The politics of land

The organizers are hoping to attract contributors from a wide variety of
subjects and disciplines such as Archaeology, Cultural Studies, History,
Geography, Languages, Literary Studies, Music, Politics, Social
Anthropology, and the Visual & Creative Arts. Proposals by postgraduate
students and early career academics will be welcome.

A peer-reviewed selection of papers will be published. The organizers are
currently in discussion with a suitable academic publisher.

Length of papers should not exceed twenty minutes to allow for
discussion. Please send proposals of 250 words and a brief bio-sketch to
the organizers by February 9th 2009

For any further queries, please contact the organizers
Dr. Robert Hudson,
Dr. Christine Berberich,

Faculty of Arts, Design & Technology
School of Humanities
University of Derby
Kedleston Road
Derby DE22 1GB

or visit our website at

To book a place on the conference, please download a registration form
and return it to Rebecca Savage by email: or by post
to Conference Office, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22
For any queries with regards to booking please contact Rebecca Savage.
Telephone: +44 (0)1332 591395

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