2005 awards

Conference: Crossing Cultures: Identities in the Material World 

7 to 9 January 2005
Organiser: Departments of Archaeology, and Classics and Ancient History

Conference: Celtic Romanticism and Gothic Revisionism

15 to 16 January 2005
Organiser: Department of Historical Studies

When arguing for the unbroken continuity of Britain's'original constitution', Lord Bolingbroke disposed of the problem of the Norman conquest by stating that the Normans 'were originally of Celtic, or Gothic, extraction, call it which you please, as well as the people they subdued. They all came out of the same northern hive'. Bolingbroke had partially derived his eighteenth-century notion of the 'northern hive' from the earlier work of Sir William Temple. Matthew Arnold, however, plainly divided the nineteenth-century 'Saxon hive' from the 'Celtic race', despite his desire for improved relations between them.
This 'northern hive' serves as an organising principle for the many surprising ways that ancient 'Celtic' and 'Gothic' identities have been employed to authenticate modern cultures and nations. The historical sources of identity, whether a lost manuscript or a recovered artefact, are often entangled in questions of problematic provenance. The rhetorical elasticity of these Celtic and Gothic identities reveals multiple historical layers of posthumous inventions and critical revisions. Recent research in diverse fields such as archaeology, historiography and literary history has posed formidable challenges to the periodization of Celtic, Gothic and even Romantic discourses.
Addressing scholarly revisions from c. 1600 to the present, Celtic Romanticism and Gothic Revisionism emphasises the inherently politicised relationships between authenticity, antiquity and reconstructed identities. Contributions are welcomed from a variety of academic fields and theoretical perspectives. This exciting international forum will bring these Celtic and Gothic pasts into clearer focus.

Conference: British and Irish Universities? German Language Drama Festival

17 to 27 February 2005
Organiser: Department of German

Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931)
Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-90)
Georg Büchner (1813-37)
Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)
Carl Laufs (1858-1901) and Wilhelm Jacoby (1855-1925)
Ödön von Horváth (1901-38)

11th Postgraduate Conference: Misfits

18 to 19 February 2005
Organisers: Cathy Hume and Alex West, Centre for Medieval Studies

Conference: French Art in Narrative and Drama from 1820

25 to 27 February 2005
Organiser: The Centre for the Study of Visual and Literary Cultures in France

Conference: The Experience of Religious Medieval Space

2 March 2005
Organisers: Beth Williamson, Centre for Medieval Studies

10th Joint Postgraduate Conference: The Centre for Christianity and Culture in conjunction with the Centre for Buddhist Studies

12 March 2005
Organisers: The Centre for Christianity and Culture in conjunction with the Centre for Buddhist Studies

The Centre for Christianity and Culture, University of Bristol in conjunction with the Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Bristol holds an annual research conference for all postgraduate students. Postgraduate research students Marcus Pound and Eliana Corbari are co-ordinating this conference with the support of postgraduate students from the participating universities.
This conference allows students to meet other researchers from five participating institutions: Trinity College, Bristol; Exeter University; Bath Spa University; Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education. Further institutions may join the consortium in the future.
The aim of the conference is to provide a day whereby postgraduates can meet and exchange information about their research, their difficulties, and experiences. It also aims to develop a wider network and support group for the students which may be both pastorally and intellectually helpful.

Half-Day Symposia 5: Romanticism and the Past

16 March 2005
Organiser: Centre for Romantic Studies

Conference: Linguistic Variation in the Germanic Languages 1700-2000: Language History from Below

6 to 9 April 2005
Organiser: German Department

Conference: The Life, Work and Influence of Edward Jenner

22 April 2005
Organiser: Centre for Romantic Studies

The Inaugural Romantic Science Day-School on Edward Jenner

Conference: British Rock-Art

23 April 2005
Organiser: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Postgraduate Conference: French Studies: Where From, Where To?

30 April 2005

Postgraduate Conference: History of Art: The Captive Audience? Global/Multiple Receptions in Modern Museological Space

27 May 2005
Organisers: Annabelle Davies and Sophie Cummings

Postgraduate Conference: Novel Approaches in the Philosophies of the Mathematical and Natural Sciences

3 to 4 June 2005
Organisers: Departments of Philosophy and Maths

2nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference: The Centre for the Study of Colonial and Postcolonial Societies

8 June 2005
Organiser: Robert Skinner

British Empire gave rise to variant forms of British identity in the colonial world outside the dominions. In cities and colonies, and in sovereign states subject to more informal pressures, communities of Britons developed and developed identities inflected by local ambitions and pressures. This workshop examines a representative selection of communities within the formal and informal British empire, underpinning the preparation of a comparative survey of the varieties of new British identity which developed, and their political significance in the twentieth century, in particular after 1919.

Conference: Acts of Sincerity: Authenticity and Identity in the Romantic Era

15 July 2005
Organiser: Centre for Romantic Studies

Conference: Middle English Alliterative Metre

15 to 17 July 2005
Organisers: Judith Jefferson, Centre for Medieval Studies

Postgraduate Conference: Mirrors

21 September 2005

Conference: Pioneers, Adventurers, and the Creation of the 'Atlantic World'

23 to 24 September 2005
Organisers: Mark Horton and Caroline Williams
Supported by the Colston Research Society and BIRTHA

Organised by the Departments of Hispanic, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies, and Archaeology and Anthropology, the conference brings together historians and archaeologists of the circum-Atlantic region to explore the ways in which the activities of European pioneers and adventurers, and their interactions with the peoples and environments of territories extending across and around the Atlantic basin, contributed to the emergence of an ‘Atlantic World’. The concept of the ‘Atlantic World’ – of a world created and bound together by the movement within the Atlantic basin, over several centuries, of peoples, products, practices, and ideas – has gained great currency in recent years, especially since Professor Bernard Bailyn established the annual International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World at Harvard University in 1995. Building on the new outlook and perspectives that have arisen as a result of the work of numerous scholars in the field, this truly international conference seeks to further broaden the study of the Atlantic by considering the contribution made by Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, German, and Scottish pioneers and adventurers, as well the English, to the emergence and development of the Atlantic World over the period c.1492-1810.

Half-day Conference: Friedrich Schiller

2 November 2005
Organisers: Departments of Drama and German

The "German Shakespeare", Friedrich Schiller, died in 1805, just 45 years old. To mark the occasion of this 200th anniversary the Departments of German and Drama are organising a half-day celebration on the 2nd of November. We plan to present a many-sided portrait of the dramatist and theoretician, the poet and orator, and to consider his reception in the 19th and 20th centuries. A choice of short seminars in the afternoon will cover the following topics: Schiller's method of constructing a scene and Schiller's rhetoric (Michael Levene); Schiller's Contribution to the 18th-century Art of Acting and Love and Friendship in Schiller's Philosophy (Alexander Ko'enina); Nietzsche's Battle with Schiller and Schiller at War (Nicholas Martin, Birmingham). The evening lecture on Citoyen Schiller's Aesthetic Revolution will be given by a leading specialist, Professor Klaus L. Berghahn (University of Madison, Wisconsin, USA).

Conference: Romanticism and Immortality

Autumn 2005
Organiser: Centre for Romantic Studies