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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: 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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Call for Abstracts: Regional Gothic

Call for Abstracts


Edited by William Hughes and Ruth Heholt

With the referendum for Scottish Independence scheduled for September 2014 and the Cornish having recently been granted minority status, questions about the dis-unity of the ‘United’ Kingdom are prominent in the contemporary debate regarding nationalism and regional identity. Regional Gothic will explore these fractures and the darker imaginings that come from the regions of Britain.

The British regions, ‘imagined communities’ with fragile and threatened identities and boundaries, carry their own dark sides and repressions. The Gothic preoccupation with borders, invasion, contamination and degeneration imbricates quite naturally with the different and shifting meanings that arise from writings from – and about – the scattered margins of British identity. Locality affects the Gothic and Regional Gothic seeks to explore these specificities. Gothic fictions of the regions may originate from within those territories or be imagined from elsewhere. Yet, whether coming from the inside or the outside, conceptions of the regional can powerfully inform ideas of identity and belonging. And, as Ian Duncan has pointed out, whilst this may sometimes be a positive thing, regionalism can also ‘register a wholesale disintegration of the categories of home, origin, community, belonging’.

We are seeking abstracts for chapters that address the concept of regions and the Gothic. Submissions are welcomed that address the historic specificities of regional difference and Gothic traditions, as well as inter-disciplinary studies and contemporary imaginings of the regions and the Gothic.

Topics may include (but are not bound by):

• Welsh/Scottish/Irish Gothic
• Nationalism
• Cornish or Northern Gothic
• Peripheralism
• Gothic of the Islands
• Dark Tourism
• Queer identities in the regions
• Urban Gothic
• Ethnicity and the regions
• Village Gothic
• Gender and regionalism
• Suburban Gothic

Please send 300 word abstracts by 1st December 2014 to William Hughes and Ruth Heholt: and

Completed essays of approximately 6000 words will be required by September 2015.

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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:

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Crime Fiction Here and There and Again Conference – Deadline reminder

Call for papers – Deadline reminder

Crime Fiction: Here and There and Again

11-13 September 2014

Deadline for abstracts: 31 March 2014

Call for papers

For more information see the conference website or contact Agnieszka Sienkiewicz-Charlish at

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CFP: Fíanaigecht: the 2nd International Finn Cycle Conference

Call for Papers

Fíanaigecht: the 2nd International Finn Cycle Conference

University of Glasgow

11-12 August 2014

The Second International Finn Cycle Conference will take place on 11th-12th August at the University of Glasgow, featuring invited papers from Dr John Carey (University College Cork), Dr Anne Connon (Ohio Dominican University), Dr Joseph Flahive (Éiru Trust) and Dr Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart (University of Edinburgh/University of the Highlands and Islands).  Proposals of papers of 20 minutes’ duration are now invited.  Proposals of sessions made up of three papers are also welcome.  Papers may respond to any aspect of the tradition surrounding Finn mac Cumaill (later Fionn mac Cumhaill, Fionn McCool/M’Coul, Fingal etc) and his fían from the medieval to the modern; subjects of papers may include (but will not be limited to):

  • new readings of Finn Cycle texts and/or texts featuring Finn
  • orality and literacy in relation to the texts about Finn (medieval literature to modern folklore)
  • translations (however defined) of the vernacular material, including James Macpherson’s Ossianic works
  • genre and convention in relation to the Finn Cycle and the limits of the cycle
  • Finn Studies within Celtic Studies
  • editing and translating Finn material
  • place-names in the traditions about Finn
  • landscape and the fían
  • contemporary responses to the figure of, and traditions about, Finn (in scholarship, literature including children’s literature, school curricula, art, marketing, tourism/hospitality)

Papers may be delivered in English, Gaelic or Irish.  Proposals for papers and sessions should no longer than 300 words and should be submitted to on or before the 16th May 2014. Conference registration will cost £45 (£25 for students). Accomodation will be available at the University of Glasgow. Further information will be available soon at

The organisers would like to acknowledge the generous sponsorship of the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies, University of Glasgow.

Sharon Arbuthnot (University of Edinburgh)

Síle Ní Mhurchú (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies)

Geraldine Parsons (University of Glasgow)

Organising Committee

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