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CFP: 1st Lublin Celtic Colloquium

The Department of Celtic Studies at the Institute of English, The John Paul
II Catholic University of Lublin invites submissions for the

1st Lublin Celtic Colloquium
New Trails and Beaten Paths in Celtic Studies
September 17-18, 2015
Lublin, Poland

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Prof. Alan Titley, University College Cork
Prof. Sabine Asmus, University of Szczecin

Papers are invited in any of the following or related areas:

1. Formal analysis of the Celtic languages from a synchronic and diachronic perspective
2. Challenges in the teaching of the Celtic languages
3. The future of the Celtic languages (sociolinguistics, contact linguistics and language planning)
4. Issues of translation (the challenges of translating into and from languages of limited diffusion)
5. Literary perceptions of Celtic traditions
6. The history, literature and culture of the Celtic peoples

Please send an abstract of your paper proposal (200-300 words, including references) to by 1st March 2015. The
conference language is English. Your name and affiliation should be given in the e-mail message. Notification of acceptance will be given by 1st April

The conference fee is 300 PLN, and includes materials, coffee breaks and conference dinner. A selection of papers will be published in a post-conference volume.Details concerning payment and accommodation options will be announced in the second circular.

Organising Committee:
Dr hab. Maria Bloch-Trojnar
Dr Robert Looby
Dr Mark Ó Fionnáin
Dr Aleksander Bednarski

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CFP: C21 Literature Special Issue 2016

Call for Papers:

C21 Literature Special Issue 2016

Twenty-first Century Scottish Fiction

With the opening of Scottish Parliament in 1999 and the independence referendum in September 2014, the twenty-first century thus far has been a time of important political change in the Scottish nation. This special issue of C21 Literature asks how the literary landscape of Scotland has evolved over this period, and asks if Scottish fiction can ofer insights into questions around locality, nationhood, and the global in the twenty-first century. Is it possible to speak of a national literature with reference to writing from Scotland? How does such writing inform our thinking in the twenty-first century, within Scotland and beyond?

The journal calls for articles examining all aspects of post-millennial Scottish literature. Articles may address but are not limited to:

• politics and 21st century Scottish fiction
• Scottish history and/ or tradition in the new millennium
• Scottish genre fiction
• literature and the independence referendum
• negotiating the local and the global
• recongurations and dis/continuities in 21st century Scottish literature
• new perspectives on the Scottish canon
• spatiality and/or temporality
• gender and nation in the new millennium

C21 Literature also seeks reviews, features and opinion pieces from academics, readers and writers and conference reports relating to Scottish fiction. Articles should be 6000–7000 words. Reviews and conference reports should be 1000–2000 words. The journal uses the author/date Chicago style referencing system. Full article submission, abstracts only will not be considered. Please send all submissions, questions or enquiries to special issue co-editors Kate Turner and Jane Stedman at

Deadline: 1st October 2015

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Conference 2015: Call for Papers announced!

We’re happy to announce that together with the Society for Scottish Studies in Europe we are organising a conference “Place and Space in Scottish Literature and Culture” which is going to take place 8-10 October 2015 at the University of Gdańsk.

See our  call for papers

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CFP: International ASLS conference: EMPIRES AND REVOLUTIONS

International ASLS conference
Golden Lion Hotel, Stirling, 3–5 July 2015


The Association for Scottish Literary Studies Annual Conferences, alternating one-day and longer conferences annually, have always had an international outlook, reflecting the international role of the ASLS in leading the celebration and promotion of Scottish literature. Now the triennial World Congress of Scottish Literature has been launched with the full support of the ASLS, the Association in its worldwide role has resolved to complement the Congresses by ensuring that in the intervening years at least one of its Annual Conference will be the longer format and supported by an international Call for Papers. In Congress years, the annual conference will continue to follow the one-day format. In the light of this and given the welcome success of the World Congress in which the ASLS takes great pride, we are pleased to invite submission of abstracts for papers to be presented at the 2015 ASLS Conference, to be held in Stirling on the weekend of 3-5 July 2015. Non-ASLS members are also welcome to attend and participate.

The European age of empires is marked by encounter, exchange, conflict and mobility on an unprecedented global scale. ‘Networks of people, goods and capital’ (Magee / Thompson, Empire and Globalisation, 2010) mobilised by empires in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries enforce a process of globalisation that continues to the present day. However, the expansion of authoritarian empires and capitalist systems across the world is also inextricably linked with the birth and diffusion of revolutionary discourses (in terms of race, nation or social class): the quest for emancipation; political independence; economic equality.

R.B Cunninghame Graham (1852–1936), in both his life and his oeuvre, most effectively represents the complex interaction between imperial and revolutionary discourses in this dramatic period. Writer, journalist, international traveller, adventurer, champion of democratic liberties, left-wing radical and Scottish nationalist (successively president of the Scottish Labour Party and the SNP), Cunninghame Graham was a key literary and political figure during this eventful period in Scottish and global history. His cosmopolitan biography aligns him with contemporary interest in migration, transculturalism and the rise of global citizenship. Of mixed Scottish and Spanish family background, he was bilingual in English and Spanish, lived in Britain, Belgium and Argentina, and travelled in South and North America, Spain and North Africa. His travels and migrations correspond with current interest in Scottish involvements with European imperialisms. At the same time, Cunninghame Graham’s involvement in the Scottish Home Rule movement and the nationalist parties can be seen as part of an ‘anticolonial’ initiative which sets these Scottish political trends in relation to international anticolonial movements in Ireland, India and Africa. His combination of nationalist and socialist sympathies also set an interesting precedent for present-day Scottish politics, where nationalist and left-wing agendas (of varying degrees of radicalism) are likewise often intertwined. As a writer, he is not only interesting for his own work (which includes short stories, travel writing, histories and biographies), but also for his dynamic relationship with (and influence on) other key authors, such as Hugh MacDiarmid, Bernard Shaw or Joseph Conrad.

The highly international dimension of Cunnighame Graham’s life and work makes him an ideal focal point to inaugurate a new initiative within the established series of ASLS conferences, one which is particularly geared to furthering the international dimension of Scottish literary studies.

This 2015 conference aims to promote inter-disciplinary scholarly engagement with Cunnighame Graham and his time, with particular emphasis on issues of globalisation, empire, colonialism and postcolonialism, democracy, civil rights and social justice. We also invite papers on other Scottish writers and intellectuals who engaged with these themes between 1850 and 1950.

As always, the ASLS Annual Conference invites papers from scholars, whether university-based or not, and will be of interest to knowledgeable members of the public as well as academic scholars. The 2015 conference will be co-ordinated by the convenors, Professor Carla Sassi, Chair of the ASLS International Committee, and Dr Silke Stroh, with the support of an organising committee including Professor Alan Riach, Jim Alison, Alan McGillivray, Ronnie Renton, Lorna Smith and Professor Ian Brown.


We warmly welcome contributions from scholars and PhD students in the fields of Scottish Studies, English Literary Studies, Irish Studies or Postcolonial Studies. We also invite proposals from any other disciplinary backgrounds in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Abstracts (not longer than 300 words) for 20-minute papers should be submitted by Friday 30 January 2015 by email. Please submit a short biographical note (c. 100 words) along with your abstract. Submissions should be made directly to both conference convenors who will consult with the organising committee before inviting participation.

Prof. Carla Sassi (University of Verona, Italy)
Dr. Silke Stroh (Universities of Muenster and Mainz/Germersheim, Germany)

For more information, see:

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CFP: John Burnside Symposium

John Burnside Symposium – Call for Papers
15th November 2014, University of Portsmouth

“The trick and the beauty of language is that it seems to order the whole universe, misleading us into believing that we live in sight of a rational space, a possible harmony.”

(John Burnside, The Dumb House).

Invited speakers include:
John Burnside
Sebastian Groes (University of Roehampton)
Julian Wolfreys (University of Portsmouth)

Celebrated as both a poet and a novelist, John Burnside is one of Britain’s leading contemporary writers. He is the winner of numerous awards, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Petrarca Preis, the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Poetry Prize, and the James Tait Memorial Prize. This one-day event will be the first symposium dedicated to his work, offering the chance for researchers to discuss and reflect upon Burnside’s writing and its place within contemporary literature more widely. The day will conclude with John giving a public reading and participating in a Q&A.

Papers and panels are invited on all aspects of Burnside’s work, including:
• Being, language, space and place;
• The environment and eco-critical perspectives and approaches;
• Human/non-human relations, life forms and animals;
• Burnside’s use of, and relationship to, the other arts;
• Loss, longing, love, sex and violence;
• Contemporary Scottish and/or British writing;
• Nonfiction writing, memoirs; father-son relations, childhood and adulthood;
• The relationship between Burnside’s poetry, fiction and/or nonfiction writing.

Send 300-word abstracts for papers, along with a brief biographical note, to Ben Davies at the email address below by 28th September 2014. Selected papers from the symposium will be put forward for consideration for a volume on the work of John Burnside as part of Bloomsbury Academic’s Contemporary Critical Perspectives series.

Ben Davies, Centre for Studies in Literature, University of Portsmouth.

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Call for Papers


Saturday 11 October 2014
Tower Building, University of Dundee

Plenary Speaker: Professor Graeme Morton

Literature thrives on conflict (the agon) between a protagonist and an antagonist. Political, military and media history pits victors against failures. Art lingers on the fame and infamy of its subject matter in equal measure. But what marks out a hero or a villain? How have hallowed and maligned figures contributed to lingering national myths in Scotland and elsewhere? What is their role in the modern world? Scotland in particular has a long history of hero worship, often wryly so, from Blind Hary’s long and often improbable ballad The Wallace to Hugh McMillan’s playful poem The Spider’s Legend of Robert the Bruce. Scotland has its villains, too. Early modern plays recount in grizzly detail the story of the cannibal and mass murderer “Sawney” Bean. Edinburgh city counsellor and swindler Deacon Brodie influenced Stevenson’s iconic Jekyll and Hyde and a wave of other Gothic tales in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; the infamous grave-robbers Burke and Hare similarly inspired The Body-Snatcher. And new figures such as Saltire, Scotland’s First Superhero, are being invented today, at a time in which Scotland’s constitutional future lies open to significant change. Some figures blur the line between heroism and villainy. Some have yet to be brought back to public consciousness.

As part of Dundee’s Scottish Heroes & Villains Month this October we invite 20-minute papers that address the broad theme of heroes and villains in a Scottish context for a one-day academic symposium. Topics might include but are not restricted to:

• Ethical, political or social distinctions between heroism and villainy;
• Depictions in text or image of Scottish political, religious or military figures;
• Literary or visual depictions of real-life or fictional heroes or villains;
• The persistence of Scottish heroes and villains in public history or policy making;
• Regional, national or diasporic representations of Scottish heroes or villains.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words, along with your name and any academic affiliation, should be sent by email to Daniel Cook ( before 15 August. We welcome pre-fabricated panels of no more than three speakers, roundtables involving no more than five speakers, or alternative formats.


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Conference: New Beginnings in Scottish Literature 14-16 May 2014


SOPOT, 14-16 MAY 2014

Conference programme: BETWEEN.2014 FINAL

Organising committee: Professor David Malcolm, Dr Monika Szuba, Dr Tomasz Wiśniewski.

The conference will take place as part of the BETWEEN.POMIĘDZY international festival of literature and theatre held in Sopot and Gdańsk from 12 to 17 May 2014. This is the fifth annual festival/conference organized by BETWEEN.POMIĘDZY.

For information on previous festivals/conferences, see

For further information, contact the organisers at

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Scotland In Europe Conference – Deadline Reminder

Scotland in Europe Conference

15-17th October 2014

Kazimierz Dolny, Poland

Deadline for abstracts: 22 April 2014



Prof. dr hab. Aniela Korzeniowska, University of Warsaw

Dr hab. Izabela Szymańska, University of Warsaw

Call for papers and more info:

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Transcending Oppositions in Scottish Culture – Extended Deadline

Transcending Oppositions in Scottish Culture: A Symposium

2-3 June 2014
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
CETAPS – Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor Murray Pittock (University of Glasgow)
Professor Luísa Leal de Faria (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)

The culture of Scotland has frequently depended on a negotiation of opposites. A nation on the border of its more powerful, and linguistically victorious, Southern neighbour, Scotland developed its own centres of power, thought and knowledge. In several important stages of its history, the people of Scotland was socially and ideologically divided between the Highlands and the Lowlands, Presbyterians and Episcopalians, Unionists and Jacobites (including the more recent rift between those in favour of the Union and those in favour of Devolution and even national independence). Scots participated in the risks and opportunities of the British Empire, but many remained strongly attached to a feeling of national belonging which was emphatically not English. Scottish thinkers made far-reaching contributions to the Enlightenment, yet Scotland was – and is – one of the acknowledged cradles of the gothic. The themes and modes of Scottish literature, in particular, have often oscillated between the realistic and the fantastic, quixotism and pragmatism, with writers providing such impressive embodiments of contradiction as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and the many characters in the novels of Walter Scott who inhabit a world of recognizable places and problems but live in a world of romance.

This symposium addresses the problem of oppositions in all aspects of Scottish culture across the centuries. It is intended to focus on the persistence and/or resolution of tensions and discrepancies such as the ones mentioned above, taking into consideration the history, the thought and the literature of (and about) Scotland. At the same time, the event is meant to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s début novel, Waverley; or, ’Tis Sixty Years Since, a landmark in the history of the representations of Scotland and of the symbolic negotiations which involve past and present, realism and romance, politics and personal identity, Englishness and Scottishness.
Submissions for 20-minute papers in English should be sent by email to

Please include the following information with your proposal:

• the full title of your paper;
• a 200-250 word description of your paper;
• your name, postal address and e-mail address;
• your institutional affiliation and position;
• a short bionote;
• AV requirements (if any)

EXTENDED DEADLINE for proposals: 15 April 2014

Early-bird registration (until May 15)
Registration Fee: 70 Euros
Student fee: 55 Euros

Late registration (16-23 May)
Registration Fee: 90 Euros
Student fee: 75 Euros

All delegates are responsible for their own travel arrangements and accommodation. Relevant information will be provided on the conference website –

Organizing Committee
Jorge Bastos da Silva (Universidade do Porto, Portugal / CETAPS)
Katarzyna Pisarska (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland / CETAPS)

For further queries please contact:
CETAPS – Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Via Panorâmica, s/n
4150-564 PORTO
Phone / Fax: +351-226077610


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CFP: Twenty-first Century Scottish Fiction: Where are we now?

Twenty-first Century Scottish Fiction: Where are we now?

2 September 2014

Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Keynote Speakers: Dr Aaron Kelly (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Monica Germanà (University of Westminster)

This one-day symposium aims to explore the exciting breadth and diversity of recent Scottish writing, attending to the importance of both tradition and innovation and examining how post-millennial texts negotiate and re-configure the boundaries of Scottish literature.

Questions of Scottishness and of Scottish literature have been of particular interest in the twenty-first century, in part because the start of the new millennium roughly coincides with Scottish devolution in 1999. Exploration of Scottish literature becomes ever more pertinent as the referendum on Scottish independence approaches. This symposium aims to take stock of the critical perspectives on Scottish writing and to explore the questions being raised as discussion about Scottish identity amplifies in anticipation of this new cultural landmark.

We invite abstracts on all aspects of twenty-first century Scottish fiction. Proposals for panels of three interlinked papers are also welcome. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Post-millennial texts by established Scottish authors
  • New voices in contemporary Scottish writing
  • The diffusion and reception of 21st century Scottish literature in Europe.
  • Dis/continuities and the role of tradition in new Scottish writing.
  • New developments in Scottish genre fiction
  • The 21st century Scottish Gothic
  • Hybridity, cosmopolitanism and trans-nationalism in Scottish texts
  • Pedagogy and the role of the academy in the formation of the 21st century Scottish canon
  • New perspectives on the Scottish canon/what constitutes Scottish literature?
  • Spatiality and/or temporality in 21st century Scottish writing
  • Gender and nation in post-millennial Scottish texts
  • The Scottish political landscape and its role in 21st century Scottish writing
  • Queer Scottish writing
  • Strangers and strangeness in 21st century Scottish writing

Please email 200-300 word proposals for 20-minute papers and brief biographical notes of 50 words to the conference organisers Jane Stedman and Kate Turner at  by 14th May.

Conference website: