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The Institute, which ran its first Seminar series in 1998, was set up to create a centre for the study of the collective identities represented, expressed and modelled in the national cultures of the countries of continental Europe. We also refer to other culture-zones, particularly Latin America and French-speaking Africa, and to British culture.

Our business is the 'poetics' of cultural identity: that is, the investigation of the making of the very diverse representational constructs and creations (e.g. speech patterns, traditions, myths, literary texts, political institutions) by which national culture groups remember, explore, criticise and renew their sense of identity. We aim to provide a focus and a forum for high-level research into cultural identity in all its aspects; which involves potential interdisciplinary interactions with most of the subjects studied under the name of arts or humanities.

For more information please visit the Institute of European and Cultural Identity Studies (IECIS) home page.

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