Welcome to Northern Identities: Constructions of Space, Place and Region

Welcome to the blog site of the Northern Identities: Constructions of Space, Place and Region Conference, that will be held at Huddersfield University, on the 27 September, 2013. You can check here for updates and news about the conference.

What’s it all about?

This conference is a joint interdisciplinary collaboration between Huddersfield University and Manchester Metropolitan University, that will explore notions and expressions of the North and Northernness. The North of England is an area that easily evokes clichés and stereotypes of its population, rooted in the region’s industrial heritage. Yet the North also has areas of rolling hills and moorland that has provided the background to a long, pre-industrial history. Within these dichotomies of the industrial and the rural, are built constructions and representations of ‘the North’ and ‘Northernness’.

This is a theme that has been explored by academics such as Neville Kirk (ed), Northern Identities, Historical Interpretations of ‘The North’ and ‘Northernness’ (2000) and Dave Russell, Looking North: Northern England and the National Imagination (2004). There is also a growing scholarship which addresses questions of space, place, and Northern identity, from an interdisciplinary perspective, such as Katie Wales, Northern English: A Social and Cultural History (2006) and Christoph Ehland (ed), Thinking Northern: Textures of Identity in Northern England (2007), which has helped to broaden existing debates. With this in mind, the time is right for a critical re-evaluation of Northern identity and how the borders of region are imagined and defined. This one-day conference invites post-graduate and early-career researchers to discuss the issues and complexities that arise in constructions of ‘the North’ and Northern identity.

The Twitter Hashtag will be #NorthID13

We are delighted to announce that the keynote speakers will be Professor Dave Russell and Dr Melanie Tebbutt. The call for papers for our conference can be found here: http://events.history.ac.uk/event/show/10742 We hope that you submit a paper soon.

Directions and travel information to Huddersfield can be found here: http://www.hud.ac.uk/about/the-university/maps/

A selection of hotels can be found here:


We look forward to welcoming you to the ‘North’ soon.

Stephen Etheridge (Huddersfield University) and Rebecca Andrew (Manchester Metropolitan University) If you have any questions contact us on the form below:


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