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Gdańsk Scottish Studies Research Group

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CFP: International Review of Scottish Studies – Special Issue on Bannockburn

Call for Papers for the Special Issue of the International Review of Scottish Studies

2014 marks the 700th anniversary of the iconic Battle of Bannockburn. Not only did this battle change life in medieval Scotland, it also influenced the way later generations of Scots conceived of themselves and their history. To mark this event, editors at the International Review of Scottish Studies are now accepting submissions for a special issue that will investigate the impact of Bannockburn in history. It will include selected papers from the St Andrews Society of Toronto’s “Bannockburn Then and Now” conference on 21 June 2014 ( The issue will be published online, as part of an open-access, EBSCO-indexed journal. Submissions will be peer reviewed, and must be submitted to the IRSS website,, by 1 May 2014.

 An essay prize of $300 will be available for the best submission from an early career researcher. Graduate students and early career researchers within 24 months of completion of a graduate degree are eligible.

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CFP: Edwin Morgan Seminar @ ESSE Conference

12th international conference of ESSE (European Society for the Study of English),

Košice (Slovakia), 29 August– 2 September 2014

(conference website:

Call for Papers

for the seminar

Edwin Morgan and the Prospect of Scotland

In Sonnets from Scotland (1984), Edwin Morgan envisioned a national history and potential which has increasingly urgent political application as the referendum on independence approaches in 2014. His poem on the Scottish parliament (2004) stressed connections between literary, cultural and political vitality. This seminar considers the place of poetry in national self-imagining, national self-realisation and continuing critical awareness. We welcome papers examining Morgan’s work in the national context, his relation with his poetic precedent Hugh MacDiarmid, his legacy to contemporary writers, and international connections through his translations from European literatures and through North and South American concrete and postmodern influences.

Seminar conveners:

Alan Riach, University of Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom (

Silke Stroh, University of Muenster, Germany (

Submission guidelines and planning procedures:

Papers should be up to 15 minutes long and should take the form of an oral presentation, rather than mere readings of finished essays.

Abstracts of proposed papers should be submitted to the seminar conveners by 31 March 2014 [new extended deadline].

Abstracts should be c. 200 words in length. Please also submit a short paragraph of biographical information (including your academic affiliation).

The selection process will be completed by 15 April 2014. Once the programme has been finalised, abridged versions of accepted papers will be circulated among all speakers some time before the conference, to facilitate preparation for the seminar discussions.

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CFP: RNLA Conference

Call for Papers

Fifteenth International Conference on the Literature of Region and Nation.

The John Carver Inn in Plymouth, Massachusetts (USA),

June 26, 2014 to July 1, 2014.


The Region, Nation, and Literature Association (RNLA)

The RNLA was founded in 1986.   In August of that year the first of a series of biannual international conferences exploring all aspects of nation and region in literatures written in English was held in Aberdeen, Scotland. Since then, as the international network has grown, cities around the world have hosted the conferences: Nottingham, England (1988), Luxembourg (1990), Swansea, Wales (1992), Bratislava, Slovakia (1994), Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada (1996), Germersheim, Germany (1998), Östersund, Sweden (2000), Durban, South Africa (2002), Manchester, England (2004), Manhattan, Kansas, USA (2006), and Aberdeen, Scotland (2008).  The 2010 and 2012 conferences were held at Shiga University of Medical Science, Japan, and respectively, at Pécs University in Hungary.

The central theme of the Fifteenth Conference in the series will be Oceans Uniting Regions, Nations, and Literatures

Oceans, lakes, and rivers have often served as natural divides between regions and nations.  However, these vitally important water ways have often functioned to unite the people as well, particularly through the literature by the people inhabiting the different land masses.  It has been said that if you want to get to know the distinctiveness a people, study their literature. Literature has also played cross-fertilizing and transformative roles across cultures as, for example, the transcultural phenomenon that is Romanticism.

The RNLA invites papers on how oceans – or lakes and rivers — divide and/or unite regions and nations in a literal as well as a metaphorical sense. One approach might explore the symbolism of water—both life-giving and chaotic, creative and/or destructive.  One may also discuss how literature affirms the distinctiveness of a single people or distinctiveness of others. Another aspect might be the manner in which literature or literary genres cross boundaries and become instruments of trans-cultural creative transformation.  In other words, how does literature (or literary genres) express and/or create socio-politico-economic aspirations across oceans, lakes, and rivers; or, how do literatures in their cultural variety deal with dividing and uniting, domination and liberation across oceans in pre- or post- colonialist eras?  Additional reflections might include how literature deals with the theme of hybridity.

THERE IS STILL ROOM ON THE PROGRAMME FOR FURTHER SUBMISSIONS, and traditional individual papers, collaborative efforts, and panel discussions are all invited.  And should the above theme be too restrictive, papers on any aspect of regional and national literatures, from any part of the world, will be welcome.  As RNLA’s current President has said, “our cosmopolitan credentials are well established, and will assuredly be upheld by the upcoming gathering.”

Send submissions to Karoline (Karrie) Szatek-Tudor at

The venue of the Conference is the John Carver Inn in Plymouth.  Delegates will be accommodated here, and the session meetings, reception dinner, luncheon, and plenary will all take place in the Inn.  It is located close to the Plymouth Harbor, restaurants, shopping areas, and sites of historic interest.  The social programme will include an excursion to Plimouth Plantation, Wampanoag Village, the Ole Grist Mill and the Mayflower, and a trip to Boston with free time to explore the city.




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CFP:Land and People in the Northern Highlands

Call for Papers

Land and People in the Northern Highlands: The Strathnaver Conference

University of the Highlands and Islands (

Bettyhill, 4-6 September 2014

Deadline: 31 march 2014

Call for Papers



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Scottish Studies
HJEAS (Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies)  Volume 21, 2015
Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2014

The Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies ( is a peer-reviewed journal of the Institute of English and American Studies at the University of Debrecen, Hungary and is available from JSTOR and ProQuest. Editor: Donald E. Morse. Part of volume 21 (2015) will be devoted to Scottish Studies; guest editor: Attila Dósa (University of Miskolc, Hungary).

Scottish Studies: Where is the Field Now?

In Scotland, the last few decades saw two referenda on the decentralisation of political decision-making and the country is now on the doorstep of a third referendum to gain independence. The growing self-confidence in politics has been matched with a growing confidence in fields of cultural production including, most notably, literature. Though political notions of nationalism seem to have been losing ground in certain contexts, it is hard to see the 2014 referendum as other than a wished-for
(at least by some) culmination for the age-old struggle for self-determination. At the same time, literature seems to have entered a post-national phase and critical discourses currently in vogue have been using the rhetoric of hybridism and diversity with an aim to divest it of essentialist or nationalist undertones even though Scottish literature was especially rich in both in the 1970s–1980s. Due to recent changes in politics and an impressive growth of literary production, and with the expansion of the field of Scottish Studies over the borders of Scotland, in the past few decades criticism has followed suit and theoretical structures are being revised or done with altogether at great speed. But where is the field now?

HJEAS invites contributions exploring the present state of Scottish Studies with reference but not limited to the following topics:

  • Theory and reading: constructing, transforming, restructuring and transgressing critical frameworks in the study of Scottish literature
  • Nation and identification: from national identity to trans-national reference points in Scottish literature and in Scottish literary criticism
  • Narratives and counter-narratives of identity and independence: literature, sociology and journalism; oral, written and visual rhetoric; print and e-texts
  • Theory and society: translating social realities to literary criticism and back
  • The referendum of 2014: present political debates of independence in and outside Scotland; radicalism and conservatism; age groups; role of the popular media; humour and rhetoric of hate
  • Text and image: textual and visual representations of aspects of social realities in Scotland in the present; institutions versus e-communities

Please send a proposal (200 words) accompanied by a short CV to the guest editor, Attila Dósa

Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2014
Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2014
Delivery of completed papers: 31 August 2014

Contributions should conform to the latest edition of the MLA Handbook. Contributions on history may use the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

Further information on formatting:

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CFP: between.pomiędzy Deadline Reminder


14-16 May 2014 Sopot/Gdańsk

New Beginnings/Openings in Scottish Literature

Deadline for abstracts: 1 March 2014.

Call for papers: Between.2014 CFP

The conference will take place as part of the New Beginnings.Otwarcia international festival of literature and theatre held in Sopot and Gdańsk from 12 to 18 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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CFP: Annual Conference of the French Society for Scottish Studies

The Production and Dissemination of Knowledge in Scotland: Invariance and Specificity

Annual Conference of the French Society for Scottish Studies
University of Bordeaux, 9-11 October 2014
Deadline for proposals: 15 May 2014


Call for papers and more info:










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CFP: Scotland in Europe

Scotland in Europe Conference

15-17th October 2014

Kazimierz Dolny, Poland



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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CFP: The Celtic Revival in Scotland

The Celtic Revival in Scotland (1860–1930)

1–3 May 2014, Edinburgh, Scotland

Deadline for abstracts: 1 February 2014.

Organised by the University of Edinburgh’s department of Celtic and Scottish Studies and part-hosted by the National Galleries of Scotland.


The recent upsurge of interest in early twentieth-century cultural nationalisms has raised the profile of the Scottish role in the cultural and nationalist revival movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Especially during the key period between the 1890s and the First World War, the Scottish Celtic Revival movement witnessed a flowering of artistic, literary, and cultural activities that helped to shape incipient political and cultural nationalisms, both Scottish and pan-Celtic.

This interdisciplinary conference (1–3 May) will be organised by the University of Edinburgh’s department of Celtic and Scottish Studies and part-hosted by the National Galleries of Scotland. It will be supported by the Modern Humanities Research Fund and co-sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), and the Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI), University of Edinburgh. The conference will bring together scholars working on the art, music, folklore collection, literary production, scholarship, politics, Gaelic linguistic revival, architecture, and material culture of the period, in order to reassess the role played by the Celtic Revival in the creation of modern Scottish identities. Through an examination of the roots, rise, and withering of the Celtic Revival in Scotland, the conference will reassess the successes – and failures – of the movement in its widest context.

Sessional paper proposals are invited from scholars working in all disciplines concerned with the Revival and figures involved in it. Topics may include Celtic Revival literature in Gaelic and in English, Celtic Revival art, architecture, craft and book design, the varied politics of the Celtic revival, Pan-Celticism, revivalism in the individual Celtic countries and European nationalist movements, the collection and representation of folklore and folksong, Celtic revivalism and the historiography of academic Celtic scholarship, language revival movements and their relationship to cultural, political and educational developments, the invention of the ‘spiritual Celt’, the Celtic Revival and the Celtic diaspora, the legacy of the Celtic Revival, as well as key figures such as Alexander and Ella Carmichael, Patrick Geddes, W. B. Yeats, John Duncan, Marjory Kennedy-Fraser, Fiona Macleod (or William Sharp), Ruaraidh Erskine of Marr, Maurice Walsh, Granville Bantock, and many others. Paper proposals (up to 250 words) and enquiries about the conference can be sent to:


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CFP: Crime Fiction Here and There and Again


Crime Fiction: Here and There and Again

11-13 September 2014

Deadline for abstracts: 31 March 2014

International Postgraduate Conference

University of Gdańsk in cooperation with The State School of Higher Professional Education Elbląg

Crime narratives are among the most popular forms of storytelling worldwide and have played a central role in the development of national literatures. Detective and crime novels have developed beyond borders marked by language, culture and genre. The ability to replicate, explore, and interrogate its own conventions is one of the defining features of all types of crime fiction. The recent worldwide success of Scandinavian crime fiction shows that crime novels can be successfully translated into other languages and appropriated for other cultures.

The aim of the conference is to discuss crime fiction across national borders, across cultures, across languages, across genres, across arts and across different media. We invite papers which deal with one or more of the following points (the list is by no means exhaustive), in any given literature and country, or in international comparison:

  • Crime fiction and cultural/national identities
  • Crime fiction and ethnic minorities
  • Others and Otherness
  • Transnational, translocal and transcultural crime narratives
  • Crime Spaces
  • Borrowings, adaptations and transformations
  • Crime fiction in translation
  • International bestsellers
  • Crime Fiction as Cultural Export
  • Exploding the Canon: forgotten crime narratives

Please send an abstract and a short biographical note to Agnieszka Sienkiewicz-Charlish at by 31 March 2014. The abstract should include a title, name and affiliation of the speaker and a contact email address. We welcome proposals from both postgraduate students and established scholars. Proposals for suggested panels are also welcome. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes of presentation time and should be delivered in English.

Conference fee: 300PLN (75 Euro), Students – 250 PLN (60 Euro)

The fee includes tea and coffee breaks on all 3 days; lunches on the 11th and 13th; entertainment night on Thursday; conference reception on Friday and a delegate pack. Please note that accommodation is not included. There is going to be an informal conference warming in the evening on Wednesday the 10th.

For further information, please go to the conference website, or contact the organisers at 

Conference organisers:

Urszula Elias, M.A. (University of Gdańsk)
Agnieszka Sienkiewicz-Charlish, M.A. (University of Gdańsk)
Arco van Ieperen, M.A. (The State School of Higher Professional Education in Elbląg)

Conference team:

Marta Crickmar, M.A. (University of Gdańsk)
Joanna Szarek, M.A. (University of Gdańsk)

Advisory Board:

Prof. David Malcolm (University of Gdańsk)
Dr Monika Szuba (University of Gdańsk)