Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft
23.05. - 25.05.2019

Tagung "Britain in Transformation: Brexit and Beyond" - HU Berlin, Berlin

The Arbeitskreis Großbritannien-Forschung (AGF)/German Association for British Studies and the Berlin-Britain Research Network (BBRN), based at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, will be hosting a joint conference to promote cutting-edge interdisciplinary dialogue and exchange on a UK that is in the midst of an extraordinary transition.

While Britain’s relationship with the EU has always been a troubled one, the 2016 referendum result not only has its roots in a long tradition of Euroscepticism, it can also be tied to more recent and wider social, economic and cultural dynamics within the UK. The terms under which the UK leaves the EU (or indeed whether the UK actually leaves the EU) remain to be seen. But it is clear that the vision of a one-off event, encapsulated by the portmanteau ‘Brexit’, that will fix in stone Britain’s future relationship with Europe for the foreseeable future is looking more and more illusory. Brexit is the current point of reference during a period of radical transition in Britain’s relationship with the EU, but it is an idea with numerous different interpretations and predictions. The origins of this transition can be seen long before the British EU-referendum, and yet what exactly will be the abiding character of Britain’s post-Brexit relationship with Europe will likely only gradually crystallise over a number of years following March 2019.

The conference “Britain in Transition: Brexit and Beyond” will provide an invaluable opportunity for participants and attendees to examine the internal and external state of the UK, three years after its citizens voted in a referendum to leave the EU. It will discuss, scrutinise and map out the origins and trajectories of this period of transition, looking in particular at the prospects of transformative processes in the UK: What has been in the past? How and why are things changing so radically now? Where will these changes take us? As well as the political and economic transformations that inevitably sit at the heart of the conference topic, the social, cultural and historical dynamics that are intertwined with these transformations will also form a major part of the discussion.

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We are looking forward to welcoming you to our conference.

Dr Marius Guderjan (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Dr Sam McIntosh (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Prof Paul Carmichael (Ulster University)
Lic Norbert Fabian (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)



International Conference, 23-25 May 2019
Centre for British Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Thursday, 23 May

17.00: Welcome Note

Prof Gesa Stedman (Director of Centre for British Studies)
Dr Bernhard Dietz (Chair of German Association for British Studies)

17.15: Key Note Panel: Brexit – An Ongoing Transition?

Prof Anne Deighton (Oxford University)
Prof Robert Ford (University of Manchester)
Dr Lisa McKenzie (Middlesex University)
Chair: Prof Paul Carmichael

18.45: Reception

Friday, 25 May

10.00: Parallel Working Groups

Berlin-Britain Research Network Meeting
Chairs: Prof Paul Carmichael, Dr Marius Guderjan, Dr Sam McIntosh

Workshop of the German Association for British Studies
Henning Kulbarsch: (Un-)Vereinigtes Königreich? Die britische Politik und der Spanische Bürgerkrieg 1936-1939
Johana Kudrnová: The Image of Britain in Discourses of Czechoslovak Exile and Underground Press between 1939 and 1945
Chairs: Dr Wencke Meteling, Dr Bernhard Dietz

12.00: Lunch

13.00: Panel I: The Transformative Impact of Austerity and Brexit

Prof Gesa Stedman & Dr Marius Guderjan: Contested Britain – Austerity, Brexit and Agency
Dr Simon Griffiths: Austerity and Public Services in the UK
Dr Kirsten Forkert: Taking Back Control – Xenophobia, Brexit and Restoration of National Sovereignty
Dr Benedicte Brahic: Limbo Citizenship and Intimate Brexit Negotiations –Narratives of EU Nationals Living Brexit Britain
Melanie Neumann: Recent British Migration to Berlin – Dreams, Reality and Brexit
Chair & Discussant: Dr Adrian Wilding (tbc)

15.00: Coffee Break

15.30: Panel II: Brexit and the Transformation of the Devolved Nations

Prof Allan Cochran: In and Beyond English Nationalism: Brexit and the Politics of Uneven Development
Prof Klaus Stolz: Scotland, Brexit and the Broken Promise of Democracy
Prof Paul Carmichael & Prof Derek Birrell: The Impact of the Confidence and Supply Agreement on Northern Ireland, Constitutional Conventions, British-Irish Relations and the Brexit Negotiations
Dr Kevin Bean: Après Brexit…? Anglo-Irish Relations in Transition
Chair & Discussant: Prof Gerhard Dannemann

17.30: End of Panels

18.00: Conference Dinner

Saturday, 25 May

10.00: Panel III: British-European Relations in Transition

Bastian Matteo Scianna: Fortress Britannia? The Creation and Implementation of the Schengen Agreement in the 1980s as seen from Whitehall
Dr Christian Schweiger & Dr Birgit Bujard: Leaving as a Member, Becoming a Partner? Perspectives for Britain’s Future Relationship with the EU after Brexit
Prof Sandra Eckert: Brexit and Business Power – Is the UK Departing from its Business-friendly Legacy?
Jennifer Jacob: The Future of UK Higher Education Institutions and their European Relations – German and British Perspectives
Chair & Discussant: Norbert Fabian

12.00: Lunch

13.00: Panel IV: Brexit Narratives – Discursive Transitions?

Dr Monika Brusenbauch Meislová: Easy Come, Easy Go? Theresa May’s Brexit Narratives and the Future UK-EU Relationship
Dr Tim Griebel: The Cultural Political Economy of Brexit. A Corpus-Assisted Critical Realist Multimedia Discourse Analysis
Sina Schuhmaier: “New Britannia cool / Who are you trying to fool?” – Brexit and British Popular Music
Lisa Bischoff: British EU Novels: Anticipating Brexit?
Chair & Discussant: Prof Jürgen Schlaeger

15.00: Closing Remarks
By Dr Marius Guderjan & Dr Sam McIntosh

15.30: General Meeting of the German Association for British Studies

Meeting of the Association’s members
Chairs: Dr Bernhard Dietz, Dr Wencke Meteling, Dr Marius Guderjan

17.00: End of Meeting


Catherine Smith

Centre for British Studies/Großbritannien-Zentrum, HU Berlin
Mohrenstraße 60, 10117 Berlin
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