Day Two, 9.30am - Open Space

This panel seeks to develop inter-disciplinary discussion about how we understand the relationships between identity groups, rulers and iconography. One paper offers a reappraisal of the rule of Alexander the Great by applying ideas from sociology and comparative history to assess how indigenous local actors engaged in everyday resistance which in turn shaped his method of rule. A second paper addresses black cultural identity in the USA in the 1920s and 1930s and seeks to understanding how cultural representations of dance became an important trope for imagining black cultural identity, and exploring anxieties about gender, tradition and urban life. A third presentation assesses online survey data in the USA and Britain to analyse who are chosen by the people as their heroes, revealing the importance of gender and ethnicity, social division and inequality in the construction of heroism in contemporary society.

  • Dr Stephen Harrison- Interdisciplinary Approaches to Alexander the Great
  • Dr Rachel Farebrother- The Figure of the Child Dancer in Harlem Renaissance Literature and Visual Culture
  • Dr Ekaterina Kolpinskaya- Politics of Heroes across the Pond: A Comparative Study of Heroes and Heroism in Britain and the US

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