BritCult 2021

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

Programme

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Thursday, 18 November 2021

Time Indicator Track A Track B
Meeting of the BritCult Board and Advisory Council GWZ, H5 3.16
Registration Albertina
Postgraduate Forum 1 Albertina
Coffee Break Albertina
Postgraduate Forum 2 Albertina
Coffee Break Albertina
Opening Addresses Albertina
Keynote 1: Joanne Roberts Albertina
Conference Warming TBA

Select a schedule entry on the left to see details.

Time
1–3 pm
Event
Meeting of the BritCult Board and Advisory Council
Room
Room H5 3.16
Place
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum, Beethovenstraße 15
Description
Closed meeting of the association's executive board and the advisory board in preparation of the members' assembly on Friday.
Time
2:30–6:30 pm
Event
Registration
Room
Vorraum
Place
Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6
Description
The registration desk will be available throughout the conference. Here you can pick up your name badge, swag, and documentation.
Time
3:30–4:30 pm
Event
Postgraduate Forum 1
Room
Vortragssaal
Place
Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6
Description
Panel with two talks by PhD students introducing their projects. The talks will be announced closer to the date of the conference based on the submissions to this year's call for papers.
Time
4:30–5 pm
Event
Coffee Break
Room
Vorraum
Place
Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6
Description
Coffee, tea, biscuits, and conference small talk. Feel free to ask our student staff for information or to leave a coat or luggage with them.
Time
5–6 pm
Event
Postgraduate Forum 2
Room
Vortragssaal
Place
Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6
Description
Panel with two talks by PhD students introducing their projects. The talks will be announced closer to the date of the conference based on the submissions to this year's call for papers.
Time
6–6:30 pm
Event
Coffee Break
Room
Vorraum
Place
Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6
Description
Coffee, tea, biscuits, and conference small talk. Feel free to ask our student staff for information or to leave a coat or luggage with them.
Time
6:30–7 pm
Event
Opening Addresses
Room
Vortragssaal
Place
Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6
Description
Introductory remarks, the BritCult Award ceremony, and a few housekeeping announcements. The full list of speakers will be announced closer to the date of the conference.
Time
7–8 pm
Event
Keynote 1: Joanne Roberts
Room
Vortragssaal
Place
Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6
Description

Representations and Realities of British Luxury Culture
Joanne Roberts (Southampton)

This keynote paper will explore British luxury culture through an examination of its representations and realities. The idea and cultural significance of luxury will be considered before it is situated in a British historical context. The place of luxury in twenty-first century Britain will then be elaborated and the significance of the luxury sector as a source of economic activity will be outlined. It will be shown that the marketing of British luxury goods and services often refers to British socio-cultural structures and institutions or historical periods and locations. In this way, for instance, luxury companies evoke connections between their products and services and the aristocracy, most notably the Royal family, or the creativity for which the nation’s capital city is renowned. Luxury companies from Floris to Lock & Co. Hatters proudly display their Royal Warrants while others including Burberry and Gieves & Hawkes make much of their Britishness or connection to London. Representations of British luxury culture will be contrasted with the realities of the democratisation and globalisation of luxury promoted by the commercial imperatives of luxury companies.

Time
From 8:15 pm
Event
Conference Warming
Room
TBA
Place
TBA
Description

Legend

  • Blue: academic
  • Turquoise: breaks
  • Red: social
  • Yellow: groups

All times are CET. Students are welcome to join the academic programme for free and without completing a registration form.

Friday, 19 November 2021

Time Indicator Track A Track B
Panel 1: The One Percent Albertina
Coffee Break Albertina
Panel 2: Victorian Nobility Albertina
Coffee Break Albertina
Panel 3: (Post)Colonial Wealth Albertina
Lunch Break TBA Meeting of the JSBC Editorial Board GWZ, H5 3.16
Panel 4: Countryside Playgrounds Albertina
Coffee Break Albertina
Keynote 2: Roger Burrows Albertina
BritCult Members' Assembly Albertina
Conference Dinner TBA

Select a schedule entry on the left to see details.

Time
9–10 am
Event
Panel 1: The One Percent
Room
Vortragssaal
Place
Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6
Description

The Super-Rich as Technological Fixes
Sebastian Berg (Bochum)

Super-Villains or Idealists? Representations of the Super-Rich in the Contemporary Public Sphere
Carolin Gebauer (Wuppertal)

Time
11:30–12 noon
Event
Coffee Break
Room
Vorraum
Place
Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6
Description
Coffee, tea, biscuits, and conference small talk. Feel free to ask our student staff for information or to leave a coat or luggage with them.
Time
10:30–11:30 am
Event
Panel 2: Victorian Nobility
Room
Vortragssaal
Place
Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6
Description

The Richest Man on Earth: Between Centrality and Marginality
Rainer Emig (Mainz)

Victorian Interiors and the ‘Noble Arts’: Morris & Co. at Clouds
Stefanie John (Braunschweig)

Time
11:30–12 noon
Event
Coffee Break
Room
Vorraum
Place
Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6
Description
Coffee, tea, biscuits, and conference small talk. Feel free to ask our student staff for information or to leave a coat or luggage with them.
Time
12–1 pm
Event
Panel 3: (Post)Colonial Wealth
Room
Vortragssaal
Place
Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6
Description

“… all the gold / coin’d in rich Barbary”: Oriental Wealth and English Diplomacy and Trade on the Late Elizabethan Stage
Marcus Hartner (Bielefeld)

Take Back the Playground of the Rich: Exploring the Public Opposition to Private Sport Clubs in Post-Colonial Hong Kong
Yeung Ha Chi (Hong Kong)

Time
1–3 pm
Event
Lunch Break
Room
TBA
Place
TBA
Description
Time
1–3 pm
Event
Meeting of the JSBC Editorial Board
Room
Room H5 3.16
Place
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum, Beethovenstraße 15
Description
Closed meeting of the editorial board of the Journal for the Study of British Cultures, including a quick lunch.
Time
3–4 pm
Event
Panel 4: Countryside Playgrounds
Room
Vortragssaal
Place
Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6
Description

In Between Cultural Heritage and ‘Playground’ for the Wealthy: The Evolution of the British Countryside
Felix Behler (Paderborn)

“Envied simplicity; venerable ignorance; plenteous poverty!” Fighting the Super-Rich in the Welsh Countryside
Sophia Moellers (Dortmund)

Time
4–4:30 pm
Event
Coffee Break
Room
Vorraum
Place
Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6
Description
Coffee, tea, biscuits, and conference small talk. Feel free to ask our student staff for information or to leave a coat or luggage with them.
Time
4:30–5:30 pm
Event
Keynote 2: Roger Burrows
Room
Vortragssaal
Place
Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6
Description

Bunkering Down? The Geography of Elite Residential Basement Development in London
Roger Burrows (Newcastle)

Much has been written about the “luxified skies” that, until recently, have been sprouting up across London; “high-rise”, “super-prime” housing for the very wealthy. Thus far, less attention has been paid to what has been happening to the subterranean city. The “luxified skies” are highly visible reminders of elite “verticality” but, what we might term, “luxified troglodytism” is also an important aspect of the changing geometries of wealth, power and architecture. In this paper, we map out in detail the emerging subterranean geography of residential basement development across London since 2008. The very wealthy, it turns out, have been “bunkering down” across certain parts of London, to an extent hitherto little understood. Some 7,328 new residential basements underneath existing houses had been granted planning permission up to late-2019. The majority, although often hugely costly to construct, are on a modest scale. However, over 1,500 of them are of a size and an architectural and engineering complexity that their locations might best be thought of as marking out a distinct urban geography of plutocratic London: a “basement belt” where, almost literally, the super-rich have been pouring huge amounts of money into the ground. The calculations are complex, but the volume of soil excavated by the wealthy in London in order to create their luxurious bunkers since 2008 – equivalent, perhaps, to a space that could be occupied by 12 St Paul’s Cathedrals – might be thought of as having a broad equivalence to the capacity of the new apartments built in the “luxified skies” over the same period. The movement of earth and the costs of construction have been considerable in both instances. The politics of elite verticality now moves both up and down.

Time
6–8 pm
Event
BritCult Members' Assembly
Room
Vortragssaal
Place
Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6
Description
General assembly open to all BritCult members. Invitation and agenda are announced via the BritCult newsletter.
Time
From 8:15 pm
Event
Conference Dinner
Room
TBA
Place
TBA
Description

Legend

  • Blue: academic
  • Turquoise: breaks
  • Red: social
  • Yellow: groups

All times are CET. Students are welcome to join the academic programme for free and without completing a registration form.

Saturday, 20 November 2021

Time Indicator Track A Track B
Panel 5: Mastering the Realm Albertina
Coffee Break Albertina
Discussion Forum: Analysing Wealth Albertina
Closing Remarks Albertina
Farewell Lunch Albertina

Select a schedule entry on the left to see details.

Time
9:30–10:30 am
Event
Panel 5: Mastering the Realm
Room
Vortragssaal
Place
Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6
Description

Monarchy, Media, Empire
Jürgen Ronthaler (Leipzig)

Masters of a Universe in Crisis: Neoliberal Financial Speculation and Collapse in (Ex-)Investment Bankers’ Confessionals
Ronja Waldherr (Aachen)

Time
10:30–11 am
Event
Coffee Break
Room
Vorraum
Place
Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6
Description
Coffee, tea, biscuits, and conference small talk. Feel free to ask our student staff for information or to leave a coat or luggage with them.
Time
11–12:30 noon
Event
Discussion Forum: Analysing Wealth
Room
Vortragssaal
Place
Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6
Description

The Super-Rich through the Lens of Economic Criticism
Ellen Grünkemeier (Bielefeld), Nora Pleßke (Magdeburg), Joanna Rostek (Gießen)

TBA

Time
12:30–12:45 noon
Event
Closing Remarks
Room
Vortragssaal
Place
Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6
Description
Brief closing remarks and a announcements. The list of speakers will be announced closer to the date of the conference.
Time
12:45–1:15 pm
Event
Farewell Lunch
Room
Vorraum
Place
Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6
Description
A quick lunch outside the main room. Feel free to ask our student staff for information or to pick up your coat or luggage from them.

Legend

  • Blue: academic
  • Turquoise: breaks
  • Red: social
  • Yellow: groups

All times are CET. Students are welcome to join the academic programme for free and without completing a registration form.