RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2015

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The Contemporary Growth of Regional Identity in Europe (2): Regional Culture: Distinctiveness, Performance & Tradition
Affiliation Postgraduate Forum
Convenor(s) Ben Gilby (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)
Robert Sheargold (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)
Chair(s) Robert Sheargold (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)
Timetable Thursday 03 September 2015, Session 2 (11:10 - 12:50)
Room Line 17
Session abstract The latter half of 2014 saw a resurgence in demands for independence and devolution within Europe. Scotland has held an independence vote, with regions such as Catalonia and Veneto holding non-legally binding polls which have resulted in decisive outcomes for pro-independence supporters. Into this mix comes the likes of Brittany and Cornwall, with decade long demands for a Cornish Assembly, and a 50,000 signature petition handed into Downing Street. This session aims to examine the contemporary trends towards independence in Europe, through critically examining the local political situation in these regions and the consequences for wider national cohesion as a result of demands for independence or devolution, as these regions look to finally shake off what Hechter (1999) has termed ‘internal colonialism’. We have been awarded two sessions for this topic. The first of which will focus on papers discussing the present devolutionary trends, with the second session being an examination of the associated cultural identity of regions, as this plays such a major part in establishing their unique sense of place and ‘difference’ through the realms of literature, dance, music and sport
Linked Sessions The Contemporary Growth of Regional Identity in Europe
Contact the conference organisers to request a change to session or paper details: AC2015@rgs.org