The Shaping of Scottish Identities: Family, Nation, and the World Beyond

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In 1994, T.C. Smout pointed to the concentric loyalties which go to make up the identity of those who see themselves as Scottish. Some of these loyalties were examined in the 1998 volume Image and Identity: the making and re-making of Scotland through the ages (Edinburgh, 1998). Building on that work and the last decade of new research, The Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph would like to continue this discussion by inviting proposals for the second volume in the Guelph Series in Scottish Studies, The Shaping of Scottish Identities: Family, Nation, and the World Beyond.

The editors of this collection seek to explore the multi-faceted construction of Scottish identities from the medieval to the modern era. Proposals are welcome from both established and emerging scholars in a variety of academic disciplines, as well as a range of time periods. Thematic essays and essays covering long chronological periods are particularly encouraged. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the interaction of identity with:

"Scottishness" outwith Scotland
military culture
group formation
land and/or place
youth and life-cycle

Chapter proposals of 500-1000 words, along with a short CV, should be submitted by e-mail to by 1 February 2010. Authors will be notified of accepted proposals by 1 March 2010. Final papers of approximately 5,000 words must be ready by 31 August 2010. All contributions will be peer-reviewed.

For further enquiries please contact the editors, Jodi Campbell, Elizabeth Ewan, and Heather Parker, at

Now available: Ties of bluid, kin, and countrie: Scottish associational culture in the diaspora ed. by Tanja Bueltmann, Andrew Hinson, and Graeme Morton (Guelph: Guelph Series in Scottish Studies, vol. 1, 2009).