CFP: Islands of Thought (Cardiff, postgrad)

Islands of Thought

Cardiff University, 10th October 2008

Cardiff University’s Renaissance Seminar is holding a postgraduate one-day conference to discuss island thought as a textual, historical, physical and metaphorical construct. The conference seeks to form some bridges or trade routes between different postgraduate research areas to better understand our own islands of thought on early-modern times. The plenary speakers will include Dr Richard Sugg (Durham University) and Dr Lloyd Bowen (Cardiff University).

Postgraduate students – from any discipline – are encouraged to give 20-minute papers, and abstracts of about 300 words can be sent to before JULY 31st.

Topics exploring the early-modern era might include, but are not restricted to:
– Island identities and the British Isles
– Institutions as islands
– Visualising communities
– Islands in political and national discourse
– Welsh islands, or Wales as an island
– Ireland
– Legal islands
– Schools of thought, sects and denominations
– Mapping bodies, minds and the globe
– Exile
– Metaphoric, metaphysical and textual islands
– Holy islands, island chains and treasure islands
– Lost, imaginary and phantom islands



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