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REPRESENTING BRITAIN: AN EXPLORATION OF HISTORIES, MEMORIES, AND IDENTITIES.
This summer term at the BYU London Centre we will study the ways that histories, memories, and performances help to make up the tapestry of Great Britain’s identity. Together we will survey the political, economic, social, and religious history of England, as well as the broader British Empire – from antiquity to the present, focusing on memory and commemoration as political and cultural phenomena. We will think critically together about the ways in which communities, individuals, and sites use performance and commemoration to create artistic, cultural, and historical meaning. We will also treat the city of London as a unique performative space capable of rendering meaning when placed in the broader context of its history and expressions of culture. In addition to encountering London through the traditional performance and performance spaces for which the city is well known, students will also encounter examples of performativity as they explore the city’s parks and greenspaces, markets and restaurants, religious and government buildings, and other cultural sites. Our studies will also take us from London to Coventry, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and Wales and then also to York, the Lake District, and Edinburgh.