10 June, 2011
The Liberal Art University in Hong Kong
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World renowned historians exchanged views on the articulation of British culture within the Empire at a three-day conference entitled “Empire State of Mind: Articulations of British Culture in the Empire, 1707-1997” organised by the Department of History of Lingnan University on 25-27 May 2011. 

Diverse cultural aspects of Britain and their articulations within the Empire discussed at the conference ranged from education, gender, law, literature, marriage, media, race, slavery, transportation and technology to national identities, cross-cultural interchange, modernisation and propaganda. Insightful exchanges were specifically focused on the ways in which British culture was articulated to the peripheral subject peoples of the Empire outside of the British Isles. 

Four renowned scholars from the US and the UK were invited to give keynote speeches, namely Prof Philippa Levine of University of Texas on “Noble Savages and Naked Natives”, Prof Christopher Bayly of St Catharine’s College at Cambridge University on “British Radicals in Asia and the Persistence of Empire”, Prof Linda Colley of Princeton University on “Words and the World: Britain, Written Constitutions and Empire, 1780-2000” and Dr David Cannadine of Princeton University on “Empire as Theatre”.