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Mapping Identities in the Modern World, 1830-present

Tuesday 2 June 2015, 9.00AM

Speaker(s): Keynote: Marius Kociejowski

The 5th Annual Postgraduate Symposium of the Centre for Modern Studies, University of York

Taking place on 2nd June 2015 at the University of York, this interdisciplinary one-day symposium aims to give postgraduate students across the arts and humanities the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary debates and ideas around the concept of identity, questioning the way in which identities are (re)formed, constructed and explored psychically and spatially in the modern world.

The modern world has been continuously characterised by identity crises, from the shifting borders and boundaries of Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to the experimental approach to selfhood of modernism in the world of literature and art. This event seeks to explore and challenge the associations and assumptions that have come to coalesce around questions of identity and space, facilitating a broad approach to issues of self-identity, ‘otherness’ and spatial identity.
Our keynote speaker is poet, essayist and travel writer Marius Kociejowski. He has published four collections of poetry: Coast (Greville Press), Doctor Honoris Causa and Music’s Bride (Anvil Press). So Dance the Lords of Language – Poems 1975-2001 was published in Canada by Porcupine’s Quill in 2003. Most recently he has published God’s Zoo: Artists, Exiles, Londoners (Carcanet Press, 2014), relating a series of encounters with creative artists living in London who are exiled from their cultural and geographical roots.


Registration is free and open to all, with lunch and refreshments provided and a wine reception following the keynote. To register please email with any dietary and access requirements by 25th May 2015.

Location: Bowland Auditorium and Treehouse, Humanities Research Centre, Berrick Saul Building, University of York