Mapping the Self: Place, Identity, Nationality

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Buckley, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


This one-day postgraduate symposium seeks to explore issues surrounding the formation of identities both national and individual and how the process is related to place, language, and literature. Some of the topics we will explore are: cosmopolitanism vs. nationalism; the role of language and literature in subcultures; regional writings and identities; in-between spaces and selves; the influence of the author in generating, contesting, or re-visioning national mythologies; translation’s role in voicing identity; literature, identity and diaspora. Our aim is to encourage a diverse dialogue about these themes between postgraduate literature, culture, and modern languages speakers.

Confirmed keynotes

  • Eóin Flannery, Reader in Irish Literature, Oxford Brookes University
  • Eric White, Senior Lecturer in American Literature, Oxford Brookes University

Poetry reading by Steven Matthews

Skying is a collection of poems written by local poet (and Director of the Poetry Centre), Steven Matthews, and published by Waterloo Press. His collection emerges from the engagement with North Essex and the Suffolk border landscape and seascape where Steven was brought up. Reflecting on his childhood, being a father, grief, and loss, it combines moments of illumination with voices which bring family and local stories to life. Steven Matthews will give a reading at the drinks reception to close the symposium.