Writings from Scotland before the Union (Conference)

Poster for Writing in Scotland Before Union Conference 2017Presented by the Centre for Scottish Culture, University of Dundee

With Scottish national identity playing a key role in the political landscape of the British Isles, notions of “Scottishness” are now under scrutiny like never before. The culture of Scotland before the Act of Union of 1707 and how Scotland represented herself in literary terms, however, is often overlooked in these arguments.

Now in its second year, Writings from Scotland Before the Union 2018 is a one-day conference which will continue to explore all areas of literature prior to the Act of Union in 1707.

Hosted by the Centre for Scottish Culture at the University of Dundee, the conference aims to gain a further understanding of how Scotland saw herself in literary terms before formal Union.

Abstracts are welcome on any topic concerning writing from pre-Union Scotland, though some areas of particular interest include the following:

  • Scotland's physical, political and personal links with Northern Europe
  • Performance, performativity and early Scottish texts
  • Literary, visual and material cultures
  • Family, dynasty, politics and identity in Scotland before the Union
  • Writings aimed at specific audiences and groups such as children, those in certain occupations etc.
  • Adaptations and interpretations of pre-Union writings
  • Pre-Union Scottish writing and its influence on world literatures

Please send abstracts of twenty minutes in length (250-300 words), proposal of panels of no more than three speakers, or topics for round-table discussions as well as a short biography to: preunionconf@dundee.ac.uk by February 9th, 2018.

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Tickets: Free but booking required