CFP: [Graduate] Spinning Scotland: Literary and Cultural Perspectives

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Megan Coyer

School of English and Scottish Language and Literature
University of Glasgow

SPINNING SCOTLAND: Exploring Literary and Cultural Perspectives
A One-Day Postgraduate Conference
Department of Scottish Literature
Glasgow, UK
Saturday, 13 September 2008

The Department of Scottish Literature invites proposals for papers to answer the need for greater
opportunity to explore and present postgraduate work on the subject of Scottish literature and
its conjunctions with Scottish culture - from the local to the global.

The conference considers the metaphor of the fabric of the Scottish nation â€" the collaboration
between Literature, Culture, Language, History and Thought - to engage with the texture of a
nation’s artistic output.

The conference anticipates engaging with the construction and contextualising of Scotland
through a multi-panel one-day format, imagining refashioned contexts for Scotland. These
postgrad-chaired panels will consist of papers either focusing on a theme, (re)approaching a
particular time period, or interrogating the boundaries of both, and are aimed at attracting both
home and international postgraduates engaged with Scottish Literature and its contexts. How
does the Scottish nation represent its collaborations with literature and context? Do certain
aspects of Scottish culture invite a comparative approach? Where might the intersections of
history and language forge new alliances with philosophy and literature?

Papers might approach the conference aegis in the following, though feel free to suggest other
methodologies or ideas:

(Re)claiming the cloth - deconstructing tartanry + iconography in Scottish culture

Changing fabric of Scottish literary culture - new contexts, new comparisons

Spin doctors - political agenda in Scottish culture and literature, critical bias

Translation and transmission - the act of weaving culture and language together

Text, texture, textile - Scottish literature's interaction with other areas of the arts

Tartan Special - pop culture and its place in the fashioning of 'Scot. Lit.'

'Wha's like us?' - comparative studies, pulling different threads of local and global connection

The weft and weave - constructing a national literary canon, concepts of nationality.

Spinning and birling â€" Dizziness, chaos, confusion about what is Scottish literature â€" the
conflicting binaries inherent in the nation and canon?

Location, Location â€" local, national, international issues of setting, place, periphery

We invite abstracts of no more than 250 words for 20-minute papers to be submitted
electronically by Tuesday 13 May 2008 to: Please include your
institution affiliation and contact details with your submission.

The conference committee intends to publish select papers arising from the conference, and a
limited number of fee waivers and travel grants will be available. Please apply in advance for

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