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14.12.10

A couple of opportunities to fly the Cornish flag.

A couple of opportunities here to fly the Cornish flag.

If you click on the -Events- link on the Our Democratic Heritage website you'll find a map of the UK which includes a reference to the 1497 Cornish Rebellion. Perhaps the project would benefit from more Cornish input on key dates in the UK's history.

Then we have English and Welsh Diaspora: Regional Cultures, Disparate Voices, Remembered Lives Loughborough University, 13-16 April, 2011 organised by Loughborough University - Department of English and Drama.

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 and 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.


Papers are welcome from all humanities disciplines, including, but not restricted to, English, History, Geography, Cultural Studies. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: Representations of agricultural labouring classes; regional narratives and representations; Brythonic traditions; George Eliot and the midlands; landscape and identity; traditional song; folklore and belief; seasonal ritual and practice, oral traditions; enclosure; myth and tradition; changing ways of life; John Clare; the village; Thomas Hardy; dispossession and displacement; the remains of Anglo-Saxon culture and language; riots, rebellion, and protest; agricultural and labouring class poetry; William Cobbett’s rural rides; cricket and rural life; de-Cymricization; local and communal subjectivities; ‘documentary literature’ from Woodforde to Blythe; mummers and Morris; modern English and Welsh rural life; parish records and local history; disappearance of the Welsh language; the Poor law; cultural memory and oral tradition; charity and the poor; politics and policing; rural and regional dialect; parish life; gypsies, witches, poachers, highwaymen and other demonized groups; rural crafts; technology and the destruction of traditional agricultural practices.

Certainly something there for Cornish academics to get their teeth into.

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