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CFP: Scotland – migrations and borders (Journal “Etudes écossaises”)

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Etudes écossaises no. 19, 2016

“Scotland – migrations and borders”

The 2016 edition of the journal Etudes écossaises will focus on Scottish culture, history and politics through the prism of migrations and borders. Papers in English or French will be welcomed from specialists in all fields of Scottish studies including arts and literature, civilization studies, history, political science, culture and the media.

Migrations and Borders

As a “stateless nation” (McCrone) Scotland has been posited as displaying both an unchallenged validity as a cultural entity and an incomplete political existence. This lack of alignment between the country’s historical, cultural and administrative border with the formal, diplomatic border of a supranational United Kingdom was recently highlighted in the context of the 2014 referendum as the borders of this polity came very close to being redrawn on the basis of a demand in Scotland for self-determination. While the SNP argument relied on a sense of distinctive nationhood to put forward such claims, the party itself strongly advocated a cosmopolitan conception of Scottishness, which opened the vote to legal residents of Scotland whether they be Scottish, English, European or Commonwealth citizens. In the closing days of the campaign, fears concerning the creation of a “literal and figurative” border with England complete with passport controls,[1] or worries about the volatility of RBS and Lloyds banking jobs which were said to be moving to England,[2] became key issues in the debate. Thus migration and borders, which have been key vectors in arguments surrounding cultural authenticity, economic viability and political legitimacy throughout Scottish history, remain vital considerations today.

For the upcoming issue of Etudes écossaises authors are particularly invited to address issues of how questions of uniqueness, difference and hybridity have been informed through instances of migration and border-crossing. While contributors from all specialties are free to explore issues of transplantation and rootedness, cultural fixity and transition, physical movement and imaginative flight, some fruitful areas of exploration will include:

– the importance of borders and migration in the 2014 referendum
– the role of Scottish diaspora communities in forging and reconstructing Scottishness
– the politics of immigration and emigration
– the shifting political borders of a quasi-federal state in light of the 2014 referendum
– the construction of Scottish national identity within the UK
– the socio-economics of exile and return
– cross-border ties and international co-operation
– the significance of a maritime Scotland with links to Europe and beyond
– analyses of linguistic and cultural borders within Scotland
– the symbolism of borders as physical and cultural frontiers

A brief proposal (200-300 words) should be sent by 1st June 2015. Papers (5,000-8,000 words) may be submitted in French or English. The deadline for finished papers is 1st October 2015. Contact :

The journal Etudes écossaises contributes to the research project of Grenoble 3 – Stendhal University’s Institut des Langues et Cultures d’Europe, des Amériques, d’Afrique, d’Asie et d’Australie (ILCEA4)

[1] UK Home Secretary Theresa May quoted in “Britons ‘would need passport to visit an independent Scotland’”, Telegraph, 10/9/14.
[2] “RBS will leave Scotland if voters back independence”, Guardian, 11/9/14

Prospective contributors will have to abide by the presentation norms of ELLUG


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