Welcome to the Centre for British Studies. Based at Harlaxton College, the British campus of the University of Evansville, Indiana, we are partially financed by US grant-giving bodies such as the Lilly and the Wheeler foundation.
The focus of the centre is our undergraduate programme in British Studies. Taught through lectures, seminars and field trips by the Harlaxton faculty, the programme offers an inter-disciplinary examination of all aspects of British history, from the Romans to the present day. A unique strength of the British Studies programme is our location. Harlaxton manor was built at the height of the Victorian age, when concepts of Britishness were evolving, becoming fused with notions of history, empire and class. Our students therefore learn about Britain in a house that evokes all the complexities of the British identity.
The Centre for British Studies, through its faculty, also has an active research profile. Faculty members have a wide range of research interests stretching, chronologically, from the middle ages to the 20th century, across literary, historical, architectural, and musical disciplines. The Centre also takes a keen interest in research associated with study-abroad including issues such as global citizenship and experiential learning, and has hosted conferences on these and similar topics.
Our research and teaching deal with the subject of national identities within the British Isles, and the question of 'Britishness'. These issues have recently become the subject of much debate in the media and among politicians, for example, Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s fervent appeal to Britishness. Throughout the academic year, the Centre for British Studies, through its Gold Room Lecture Series, hosts a variety of public lecutures on these issues, and we welcome proposals for guest lectures and conferences.
If you have a proposal for a guest lecture or would like to know more about the work of the Centre for British Studies, you can email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Updated: 02/01/2013 3:11 PM