‘Through the Looking Glass’ Workshop 31st May

cropped-brit4This weekend the School of History will be hosting an interdisciplinary postgraduate and early career researchers workshop entitled “Through the Looking Glass”, on the topic of negotiating perceptions and identities of Britons in the 16th-19th centuries. It is jointly organised by Martyna Mirecka and Martin Schaller (both St Andrews PhD students), alongside Carla Lessing (a PhD student at the National University of Ireland, Galway).

The conference will be held in the Old Class Library, 71 South Street. The main objective of the workshop is to explore the nature of British identities seen ‘through the looking glass’: how did encounters and interactions with other communities throughout the British Empire influence the self-perceptions of Britons and how was British identity constructed through comparison with other European population groups (i.e. French, German, Dutch)? Additionally, the workshop will investigate inner-British identity struggles as, for example, expressed through religious differences, life on distinct social levels and usage of different languages as can be found in the so-called Celtic Fringe areas of Scotland, Wales and Ireland but also within English society itself.

All interested parties are welcome – please contact Martyna Mirecka (mm878@st-andrews.ac.uk) to confirm your attendance and to receive a password to access the preparatory readings. The programme is available here.

About standrewshistory
With over forty full time members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from S cotland to Byzantium and the Americas to the Middle East and South Asia.Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching and tutorials allowing for in depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

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