Kemeneth: 7th Annual Conference of the Institute of Cornish Studies

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Saturday 6thOctober 2018 at 1030am

Peter Lanyon Building, Lecture Room 4

This year’s conference, entitled Kemeneth (Cornish for ‘Community’), focuses on the theme of public engagement with Cornwall and Cornish Studies and marks the launch of the Institute’s Agan Kernow outreach programme for 2018-19. How should researchers engage with Cornish communities? What are the benefits of working at the local level? Are certain approaches and methodologies more appropriate than others? These are just some of the questions that will be explored by speakers on the day. Speakers will also introduce their work through the talks in a wide range of areas including environmental history, Cornish banking, national minority status, gender and the Cornish Diaspora, storytelling, communal history, place name studies and Cornish Democracy. There will be a book stall and we would like to hear from organisations and individuals who would like to display publications and project materials.

As part of this programme the Institute will be holding talks by researchers along with music and memory sessions in association with the Cornish Story Café series of the Cornwall Heritage Trust. The tour will go to Looe on 25th October, Crantock on 27th October and Gunwen on 17th November. There will be a special Christmas session at Penryn and then in the New Year the programme will include places like Bude, Redruth and Penzance. Further details from

Tim Cooper, Head of the Department of Humanities at Penryn Campus, will give this year’s Caroline Kemp talk to open the conference and he will then be followed by an interdisciplinary group of speakers: Matt Blewett, Bernard Deacon, John Dirring, Froshie Evans, Gemma Goodman, Bob & Megan Keys, Lamorna Spry and Lesley Trotter.

To register for the day simply email There is no charge for the day and there will be a free lunch and refreshments with the support of the Caroline Kemp Bursary but we do need to know numbers for room and catering purposes. For further details see the contact details below.




Contact: Institute of Cornish Studies, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, TR10 9FE. Email:  Tel: 01326 371 888


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