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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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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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New Beginnings in Scottish Literature – Programme Announced


SOPOT, 14-16 MAY 2014

Conference programme:    BETWEEN.2014 

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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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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Studies in Scottish Literature (University of South Carolina)

Studies in Scottish Literature, founded in 1963 and based at the University of South Carolina since 1965, is the leading international refereed scholarly journal in its field, publishing new research and critical debate on all periods of Scottish literature. It is published in both print and digital format, hosted through the University’s Scholar Commons site, with free searchable full-text access now available for the full journal run (vols. 1-39, 1963-2013).

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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