Exploring the relationship between a growing sense of English identity and the development of local and national politics in England.

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The Centre for English Identity and Politics has been established to explore the relationship between a growing sense of English identity and the development of local and national politics in England. 

Over recent decades, more and more English residents have described being ‘English’ as the main or an important part of their identity. Over the same period, many writers, artists, musicians and filmmakers have explored the idea of Englishness and interest in and the study of English history have grown.

The rise in English identity is shaping and being shaped by politics. Devolution to cities and counties, procedures in the House of Commons, the English debate about the European Union, responses to Welsh and Scottish devolution, and the organisation of political parties in England are all reflecting English concerns. As yet, there is no settled English identity; it is still being shaped.

The Centre is developing a cross-disciplinary programme of lectures, seminars, conferences and cultural events. These will increase our understanding of the forces driving English identity and develop ideas for how it can be inclusive and forward-looking.

The Centre for English Identity and Politics is part of the University's Department of Politics and Society.

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Professor John Denham

 

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