Annual Conference of the German Association for the Study of British Cultures
19–21 November 2020
Cover Photo: Andrew Curtis · CC-BY-SA 2.0 · geograph.org.uk/p/5845583
We are looking forward to welcoming you at the conference. Due to the ongoing pandemic, BritCult 2020 will be an online conference, with some necessary changes of the usual conference format: We will host Zoom panels for the speakers. Each panel will include two papers, each about 20 mins, and time for discussion. The panels will be live-streamed for the conference audience, who are invited to share their questions and comments via chat function. After their papers, the speakers will engage with audience questions and comments fed into the discussion by the panel chairs.
We hope that our format will create a space in which speakers and audience members can take part in lively academic discussions about the social, cultural, historical and ideological constructions of British borders. Instead of a conference dinner, there will be an evening of online socialising on Friday.
Call for Papers
British borders, as all borders in general, are both processes and (provisional) end states. As the emerging field of border studies keeps emphasizing, borders are highly complex cultural constructs that have come into being as consequences of specific histories, and they are maintained, supervised, modified or even abolished through intricate cultural discourses and at times violent performative practices. At this conference, we seek to analyse and to discuss all kinds of British borders past and present, from the macro-level of borders between countries in the ages of imperialism and anglobalization to the micro-level of borders drawn between towns, pieces of land or public and private spaces.
All schedules use Central European Time (CET, GMT+1).
|Thursday, 19 Nov||Session|
|3:30–4 pm||Conference opening and welcome addresses|
|4–5 pm||Panel 1: Borders across Time and Space|
(1) Lena Mattheis (Duisburg-Essen): Local-local Border Transgressions
(2) Lukas Lammers (Berlin): Schizophrenic Borders. Recent Reverberations of Britain’s ‘Finest Hour’
Chair: Jana Gohrisch (Hannover)
|5:15–6:15 pm||Keynote by Maurice Fitzpatrick: The Irish Border: from Bastion to Backstop|
|6:15–6:45 pm||Discussion with John Lynam (Consul General of Ireland in Frankfurt) and Maurice Fitzpatrick|
|Friday, 20 Nov||Session|
|9-10 am||Panel 2: Borders and Identities|
(3) Andrew Wells (Leipzig): The Anglo-Scottish Border and the Making of British Identity, 1660-1760
(4) Julia Boll (Hamburg): Desiring Walls: Fantasies of Containment and Reimagined British Pasts
Chair: Christian Krug (Erlangen)
|10:30-11:30 am||Keynote by Chris Weedon (Cardiff): On the Cultural Politics of Borders|
|11:30 am-12 noon||Break|
|12 noon-1 pm||Panel 3: Negotiating Borders|
(5) Ina Habermann (Basel): Writing Gibraltar: M.G. Sanchez’ Autobiographical Explorations of Borderland
(6) Christoph Singer (Paderborn): Remembering the Radcliffe-Line: British Borders and Transcultural Memories
Chair: Doris Feldmann (Erlangen)
|1-2:30 pm||Lunch break|
|2:30-3:30 pm||Panel 4: Borders / Surveillance / Migration|
(7) Jonathan Foster (Stockholm): ‘Organised Clairvoyance’: Surveillance and Borderlessness in H. G. Wells’s A Modern Utopia
(8) Ariane De Waal (Halle-Wittenberg): Slippery Sea Borders: The UK’s War on Invasive Marine Species
Chair: Heike Mißler (Saarbrücken)
|3:45-4 pm||Astrid Fellner (Saarbrücken): Introduction of Atelier Bordertextures|
|4-5 pm||Panel 5: (Transgressing) Borders in Popular Culture|
(9) Tina Helbig (Saarbrücken): ‘Strength Through Purity’? Alan Moore’s Great Britain of Patrolling and Transgressing Borders
(10) Jonatan Jalle Steller (Leipzig): ‘Come South of the Border with Me’: Fetishised Boundaries in Britain’s Music Charts
Chair: Lena Schneider (Trier)
|5:30-7 pm||Annual general meeting of BritCult|
|7:30 pm||Online socialising|
|Saturday, 21 Nov||Session|
|9:30-10:30 am||Panel 6: Border Performances|
(11) Anja Hartl (Konstanz): Performing the Border in British Politics and Drama
(12) Sarah Heinz (Wien): Whose House is this? Everyday Bordering and the Intersection of Home and Nation in British Property TV Shows.
Chair: Kirsten Sandrock (Leipzig)
|10:45-11:45 am||Panel 7: Posthuman Borders|
(13) Susanne Gruß (Frankfurt am Main): Monstrous Growths? Mushrooms, Fungi, Spores and the Borders of the (Post)Human in Contemporary British Culture
(14) Heike Mißler (Saarbrücken): Man or Machine: Social Borders and Posthumanism in Ian McEwan’s Machines Like Me (2019)
Chair: Gerold Sedlmayr (Dortmund)
|11:45 am-12 noon||Break|
|12-12:45 noon||Conference wrap up|
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Universität des Saarlandes
Fachrichtung Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Anglophone Kulturen
British Literary and Cultural Studies
Campus A5 3