Monday, April 23, 2007

Keywords and icons of anglophone cultures: Online and offline conference

As you may have been able to tell from some of the latest blog entries, it's assignment and deadline time! By the end of the week some thirty concepts relating to different anglophone cultures will have been discussed by BA2 and BA3 students. Topics include
  • for the United Kingdom: bowler hat, fish and chips, Doctor Who, Monty Python, the Mini, crumble, ribena, Oxbridge, Punch and Judy, David Attenborough
  • for Ireland: Guinness, Paddy, shamrock
  • for the United States of America: McCarthyism, John Wayne, superbowl, Oprah Winfrey, the Ivy League, Walter Cronkite, the NRA
  • for Canada: lacrosse, the maple leaf
  • for Australia: the outback, Kylie Minogue, Crocodile Dundee, ‘g’day mate’ and ‘mateship’, Peter Jackson
  • for New Zealand: the kiwi, the buzzy bee, vegemite
While some excellent sites already deal in some depth with these icons and keywords (most notably perhaps the wonderful Icons of England website), the aim here was to present the most interesting and noteworthy information based on a variety of sources in a concise text of about 200 to 500 words, with some relevant links and pictures and/or video excerpts.

Offline student conference

As a companion to the online conference, BA2 students will be presenting the results of their research in short presentations on Monday 7 May between 1 and 3 pm. Click on the poster to see a bigger image.

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