Following the success of the first Scotland and Ireland conference, we are delighted to invite you to our next event on 31 May and 1 June 2018 at the University of St Andrews. The purpose of this conference is to shed greater light on the murky subject of English nationalism and its cultural and political impact in both Ireland and Scotland. Current political divisions over devolution in Northern Ireland, Scottish independence and the British departure from the European Union have highlighted the need for a more nuanced interpretation of nationalism within Ireland and Britain. Focusing on a historical period marked by unions, imperialism and contesting notions of nationalism, we seek to incorporate the largely neglected question of English identity into our interdisciplinary investigation of Irish and Scottish historical, literary, political and socio-cultural ties.

We welcome submissions on the following themes:

  • Poverty and patriotism.
  • Gender and political violence.
  • Devolution and diplomacy.
  • Relations with the EEC and EU.
  • Referenda.
  • Anglophobia and Anglophilia.
  • Interpretations of Empire.
  • Borders.
  • Confessionalism and the political impact of secularization.
  • Literary perspectives from “beyond the pale”.

Speakers are encouraged to submit a 300-word proposal and one-page curriculum vitae to irl.scot.standrews2018@gmail.com by 2 March 2018. We anticipate being able to reimburse reasonable travel expenses for all speakers.

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Organisers: Dr Piotr Potocki and Dr Sean Murphy (University of St Andrews).