New Perspectives on National Identity

This seminar series will explore the concept of national identity in the context of the global economic, cultural and environmental challenges that we face in the 21st century.  By asking how the relatively new concept of the nation continues to shape both our collective and individual sense of belonging and difference, this project will interrogate current and on-going transformations and definitions of national identity from a range of cultural and academic perspectives. With globalisation, the rise of new media, religious fundamentalism and global warming all offering real challenges to the continued survival of the autonomous nation state, this cutting-edge project will bring together internationally acclaimed literary theorists, historians, film theorists, political scientists, and cultural commentators to debate the psychic, spiritual and political validity of national identity today. A dialogue between influential academics in world leading academic institutions like Professor Tariq Ramadan (Oxford) and Dr Rashmi Varma (Warwick) and high profile cultural commentators such as Stuart Maconie, the critically acclaimed Shakespearean actress Janet Suzman and the novelist and celebrated film director Don Boyd, this project promises to bring new insights on national identity, history, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, and culture to a wide and diverse audience.

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