BritCult 2021

Investigating the Super-Rich: Representations of Great Wealth in British Cultures


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Update June 2021

The conference is currently being planned as an in-person event in Leipzig. Depending on the progress of Germany's vaccination campaign and Covid-19 regulation at Leipzig University, however, it may still be necessary to shift to a virtual or semi-virtual format. Hence the registration form will open closer to the event this year.

Call for Papers

Global pop stars, Russian oligarchs, celebrity writers, football players, members of the royal family or reality soap stars – our current culture is full of images and representations of the lifestyle of very affluent individuals – the super-rich. Although a very fuzzy category, the label of super-rich adheres to the so-called ‘ultra high net worth individuals’ (UHNWIs) with financial assets exceeding $30 million (Hay & Muller 2012).

The rise of social media, in particular, has brought representations of great wealth and the lifestyle of the super-rich to the centre of public attention. Adam Jaworski and Crispin Thurlow argue that the mediatization of this very affluent group is “mostly devoid of any serious discussion of political economy, upholds and normalizes their privilege by working in tandem with the logics of capital and the tenets of consumer culture” (2017). In fact, Great Britain has a special place in the topography of affluence, since, as Rowland Atkinson states, its capital London…

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BritCult 2021 Poster

With the Support of

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
German Association for the Study of British Cultures
Universitätsgesellschaft: Förderer und Freunde der Universität Leipzig e.V.