CFPs : Seminars on Scottish literature for the ESSE conference 2016

22-26 August 2016, University of Galway, Ireland

  • A seminar on Scottish fiction is organized by Dr Jessica Aliaga-Lavrijsen (Centro Universitario de la Defensa, Zaragoza, Spain)and Colin Clark (Charles University, Prague). The deadline for accepting paper proposals is February 28, 2016; Consult their CFP here (pdf file).
  • Seminar on Twenty-first century Scottish literature
Pr. Marie-Odile Pittin-Hédon (Aix-Marseille Université)
Dr. Scott Hames (University of Stirling)
Dr. Camille Manfredi (Université de Bretagne Occidentale)

This seminar aims to examine cultural diversity and prolixity in twenty-first century Scotland. If writers in the 1990s placed Scotland on the map, the new millennium ushered in a variety of works of fiction that contributed to the expansion of that map and to an integration of notions that shift the focus from the national to that of an examination of Scotland in a context that foregrounds the post-national and the cosmopolitan. This concept of a post-national identity, and therefore of a – possibly problematic – post-national literature raises the issue of the interconnections of art, ideology and politics, which are precisely the crossroads the Scottish novel is standing at. The seminar will therefore welcome papers that focus on the interrogation of the national sentiment in twenty-first-century Scottish literature, and on the various ways that writers “reconfigure the possible” (Brown, 2007, 261) in a key period of their political and cultural history. Questions might be raised as to the dynamic of contemporary Scottish cultural politics and the way literary nationalism is being overtaken by the mass-movement politics of independence; both ‘taking it over’ in the sense of determining the political/social frames in which literary criticism operated, thus rendering key paradigms redundant, and ‘overtaking’ in the sense of surpassing and leaving behind, thus marking the end of the age of nationalist politics and the beginning of what Tom Nairn terms the age of ‘nationality-politics’. Participants will for instance address the following issues :

  • Globalization vs regionalism
  • Post-nationalism and the global imaginary
  • Scottish literature, border-crossers and cosmopolitanism
  • Multiculturalism and literary polyphony in 21st-century Scottish literature
  • Scottish cultural politics: literature and the referendum experience

Please send individual proposals between 200 and 300 words and a short biographical note to the three convenors by February 28, 2016.

  • Seminar on Scottish fiction: "Teeming waters — the inner seas of Scotland and Ireland as cultural space."
From the Minch to the North Channel, the marine area, dotted with scores of harbours around the mainland coasts and welcoming islands and hundreds of treacherous rocks, has been a most active zone for adventurers, traders, marine scientists, pilgrims and hermits, fishermen, painters, migrants, pirates, missionaries, sailors, bird watchers and fowling addicts, spies, etc. whether Irish, Roman, Scottish, Viking, English, American, Russian, German, French and Spanish…
This seminar is inviting papers on fiction — in all its aspects from historical to crime fiction — dealing with all sorts of activities in this area — from fighting to romance — and extending to hinterlands on both sides.

Deadline of submission: February 28, 2016.
Proposals must be sent to co-convenors:
Pr Donna HEDDLE, University of Highlands and Islands -
Pr Jean BERTON Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès, France -

  • Seminar on Contemporary Scottish and Irish Drama: "“The Politics of Language in Contemporary Scottish and Irish Drama”."
In 1980, Brian Friel's Translations had its first production, its themes highlighting the importance of language politics in an imperialist setting. In both Scottish and Irish contemporary drama since then, language forms and usage have been a prime issue, either in forms of theatrical dialogue as in Enda Walsh’s Disco Pigs (1996) or in the varieties of language used in recent Scottish theatre. Papers are invited which explore aspects of the politics of language in contemporary Irish or Scottish drama.

Deadline of submission: February 28, 2016
Proposals must be sent to co-convenors:
Pr Ian Brown, University of Kingston, UK,
Pr Daniele Berton-Charrière, Université Blaise Pascal, France,