CFP: Scotland and Ireland: A Conference – Connecting nations, unions and ‘diasporas’ in the modern period

This one-day conference – taking place on 30th September 2017 – is an interdisciplinary opportunity to examine the historical, literary, cultural, religious and social ties between Scotland and Ireland in the modern period.

Bound together by geographical proximity, Scotland and Ireland are underscored by political, cultural and religious ties. But such interconnections are often typified by difference. Indeed, Scotland and Ireland can be seen as similarly different, from certain angles.

English-speaking but not English, and with comparable access to “other” languages, literatures and histories, Scotland and Ireland can stand at both the centre and periphery of an “Anglophone” world. But these are also nations marked by centres and peripheries of their own, with those outwith the capitals of Dublin and Edinburgh frequently cast as figures “beyond the pale.” Both nations negotiate with varieties of Britishness; with multiple and often divisive states of nationalism.

As such, Scotland and Ireland are inherently and unavoidably interconnected. This conference seeks to explore these relationships.

The conference organisers welcome submissions on the following themes:

– Religion: schisms and ecumenisms.
– Literatures and “other” languages.
– Nationalisms in relation: with and outwith the British empire.
– Migrations, minorities and diasporic interactions.
– Gendered representations.
– Politics and institutions: unions, ‘Home Rule(s)’, independence.
– Celticism and myths of “race.”
– Economics: Urban and Rural, including the Land Question.

Speakers are encouraged to submit a 300-word proposal and one-page curriculum vitae to by 17 May 2017. We anticipate being able to reimburse reasonable travel expenses for all speakers.

Further information is available on the conference website.

Elizabeth Melville and the Poetics of Desire in Early Modern Britain

Elizabeth Melville, Lady Culross (c.1578-c.1640), was the first Scotswoman to see her poetry printed. This lecture situates her writing in the context of her Calvinist life and milieu, focusing particularly on the renunciation of earthly desire in her Puritanical vision, Ane Godlie Dreame (1603), and her sonnets. Ane Godlie Dreame is newly identified as the culmination of the dream-vision in Scotland, while the sonnets can be understood afresh as inflecting English love poetry towards a distinctively Scottish anti-amatory poetics. Ultimately, as her publication history also attests, Lady Culross was a poet of far greater significance than has previously been recognised.

Dr Kylie Murray, University of Cambridge
The 2016 British Academy Chatterton Lecture
Wednesday 12th October, 5.15pm, The Lawson Lecture Room, Kennedy Hall, School of English

Presbyterianism and Scottish Literature

This half-day colloquium, under the auspices of the Carnegie Literature and Union project, the St Andrews Institutes of Intellectual History and Scottish Historical Research, and the Centre for Robert Burns Studies, University of Glasgow, will take place on Friday 7 October 2016, in The Senate Room, South Street, University of St Andrews (Entrance via the King James Library in St Mary’s Quad).

The event is free and open. However, for catering purposes, please register your interest with Prof. Colin Kidd on


2 pm Welcome

2.05 Dr Valerie Wallace (Victoria University, Wellington) ‘Thomas Pringle’

2.40 Gerard McKeever (University of Glasgow), ‘Circling Time: The Scottish Cotter Idyll and Social Change’

3.15 TEA in Undercroft, Mediaeval History, 71 South Street

3.30 Dr Andrew Holmes (Queen’s Belfast), ‘Poetry, politics and Presbyterianism: the Ulster Dimension’

4.10 pm Prof Gerry Carruthers (University of Glasgow), ‘Presbyterianism and the Legacy of Thomas Muir’

4.45 pm Concluding Discussion

The Future of Early Modern Scottish Studies

The Future of Early Modern Scottish Studies is a two-day international conference which will be held at the University of St Andrews on 13 and 14 January 2017.

The conference aims is to provide a space for a wide variety of scholars to come together and share their research, plans, and ideas covering all aspects of early modern Scotland including but not limited to history, literature, art history, music and geography. Presenters already confirmed include Allan Kennedy (Manchester), Allan MacInnes (Strathclyde), Esther Mijers (Edinburgh), Steve Murdoch (St Andrews), Steven Reid (Glasgow), and Kathrin Zickermann (UHI). The deadline for proposals is Friday, 9 September 2016.

The conference will consist of roundtable discussions and lightning talks as well as traditional papers and will be video recorded throughout. These recordings will subsequently be made available through this website to provide a longer term teaching and learning repository.

For further details, please see the conference website.