Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

The Particularity of Globalization: Bolstering British Identity through Place and Space

Dr. Kristen R. Koenig.

Based on research and lectures while a Visiting Professor outside of London, I will discuss how the British ‘sense of place’ has altered with the course of globalization. Landscapes, seasides, and cityscapes have long held powerful social significance within the British Isles, and this importance has been reasserted up and down the coasts of Britain. A new sense of place is emerging, both bolstered and manufactured, that reminds Britons of their past and their security as a Nation in the future. At a time when the march into Europe continues, the British sense of self becomes entrenched in preserving, presenting, and creating spaces and places that take on new meanings and that claim to embody the Nation as a whole. From conservation and preservation efforts to the fashioning of new cultural spaces, there is the hope that Britons will continue to root themselves to these shores, even in the face of blurring cultural identities.


Dr. Kristen R. Koenig  (United States)
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Department of the Behavioral Sciences
Concordia College New York

Kristen Ruth Koenig is working on an introductory text to help students appreciate the pervasiveness of globalization, and to critically assess its merits and limitations. Dr. Koenig recently returned from London where she was a Visiting Professor teaching a course on Globalization and the Changing Sense of Place in Britain.

  • Globalization
  • Cultural Geography
  • Sociology
  • A Sense of Place
  • National Identity

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)