Scotland - SCOTTland, Schönburg, Germany 26-29 May, 2011
The title slogan has been infused with a breath of fresh air by the publication of Stuart Kelly's Scottland – The Man Who Invented A Nation (2010). To quote Kelly, Scott's publication of Waverley (1814) "changed the entire world's perception of Scotland, and Scotland's perception of itself". Sir Walter Scott's influence, however, did not start with the publication of Waverley but already manifested itself in his earlier lyrical publications, most notably in The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border (1802-1803). With this collection of ballads, Scott intended to "contribute somewhat to the history of [his] native country".
This interdisciplinary conference is interested in the people and the cultural phenomena that influenced Scott's Minstrelsy. Furthermore, the conference is concerned with the impact Scott's ballad collection had on Scot(t)land, Europe and Romanticism in general. Thus, we warmly encourage contributions including but not strictly limited to the following topics:
We are proud to announce that this conference will also see the foundation of a society for Scottish studies in Europe.
Please submit your proposals (title, abstract of no more than 250 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals are due by 31 December 2010. We will send confirmations on the receipt of your proposals. Final notifications will be sent out no later than 31 January 2011.