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Exhibition opening of ‘England, the English & English Culture in North America’

Last night we opened our exhibition ‘England, the English & English Culture in North America’ [opens .pdf] at the Addlestone Library at the College of Charleston. The exhibition runs to 10 June 2013, but will be available permanently through the Lowcountry Digitial Library. The opening featured a performance by the Hexham Morris troupe, a group of 32 folk dancers and musicians from the Northeast of England.


Join us on Twitter for #Englandhour!

Credit where credit is due: our Scottish friends on Twitter have had a marvellous idea on how to engage with other Scotophiles about all things Scottish. They are having a chat on Twitter every last Wednesday of the month called #Scotlandhour. Each #Scotlandhour has a specific theme, but ultimately it’s all about talking about Scotland, promoting the country and sharing stories with those equally interested in Scotland.

So we think that when an idea is really good – as #Scotlandhour definitely is – it is worth thinking about doing something similar. So how about a monthly #Englandhour on Twitter? We’re very keen on getting this up and running, but we’d love to have some supporters before we get started. Are you on board for this? Here’s our idea for a Twitter #Englandhour:

When: Every third Tuesday of the month, 9-10pm UK time[*] – so the first Englandhour will be on 17 July 2012.

How does it work? This is a chat on Twitter for one hour, so to keep track of all posts, comments and questions, use the hash-tag #Englandhour with all your tweets during #Englandhour. So it’s really easy – just tweet your thoughts/stories/pictures etc and add #Englandhour.

Inaugural theme: We were thinking that a really good theme to start off our #Englandhour initiative would be ‘Englishness’. So for the #Englandhour on 17 July, tweet about what being English means to you; what you like about England; or English traditions – the list goes on, and anything along these lines would be fab.

Will you be joining is? We hope you will and that we will see you for the first #Englandhour on Twitter on 17 July between 9-10pm UK time.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no place in #Englandhour for racial or nationalist abuse. We will report anyone tweeting racist or nationalist content.


[*] 9-10pm UK time is the time our Scottish friends have been using very successfully as it seems to work ok for those interested in participating who live in the UK as well as those abroad. So we’d like to try this for the first #Englandhour too. That said, we’re open to alternative suggestions for the future if you think that this is not a good time after all.


Edited collection on the English Diaspora

Tanja Bueltmann, David Gleeson and Don MacRaild publish their edited collection, Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010, with Liverpool University Press.

After 1600, English emigration became one of Europe’s most significant population movements. Yet compared to what has been written about the migration of Scots and Irish, relatively little energy has been expended on the numerically more significant English flows. Whilst the Scottish, Irish, German, Italian, Jewish and Black Diasporas are well known and much studied, there is virtual silence on the English. Why, then, is there no English Diaspora? Why has little been said about the English other than to map their main emigration flows? Did the English simply disappear into the host population? Or were they so fundamental, and foundational, to the Anglophone, Protestant cultures of the evolving British World that they could not be distinguished in the way Catholic Irish or continental Europeans were? With contributions from the UK, Europe North America and Australasia that examine themes as wide-ranging as Yorkshire societies in New Zealand and St George’s societies in Montreal, to Anglo-Saxonism in the Atlantic World and the English Diaspora of the sixteenth century, this international collection explores these and related key issues about the nature and character of English identity during the creation of the cultures of the wider British World. It does not do so uncritically. Several of the authors deal with and accept the invisibility of the English, while others take the opposite view. The result is a lively collection which combines reaffirmations of some existing ideas with fresh empirical research, and groundbreaking new conceptualisations.

‘Very little has been written about the English overseas, and there are several really novel and informative essays in this collection. It should prompt much scholarly interest.’ Professor Stephen Constantine, Lancaster University

Contributions by English Diaspora team members include:

  • Tanja Bueltmann, David Gleeson and Don MacRaild: ‘Introduction. Locating the English Diaspora: Problems, Perspectives and Approaches’
  • Tanja Bueltmann: ‘Anglo-Saxonism and the Racialization of the English Diaspora’
  • Joe Hardwick: ‘An English Institution? The Colonial Church of England in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century’
  • Monika Smialkowska: ‘An Englishman in New York? Celebrating Shakespeare in America, 1916