"Freedom, Come All Ye…" Conference for Scottish Studies

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"Fredome all solace to man giffis, He levys at es that frely levys!"*:

The notion of "freedom" has long been associated with a number of key perceptions deemed fundamental to an understanding of Scotland and the Scots. Thus Scottish history is explained from the Pictish resistance to the Romans through the Wars of Independence against English dominance, the Jacobite uprisings, to the birth of the Labour and Trade Union movements. Key Scottish texts have the concept of liberty at their core – from the Declaration of Arbroath through the poems of Barbour, Burns and MacDiarmid to the writings of Janice Galloway and Irvine Welsh. Scottish thinkers have written extensively on the freedom of the individual, on economic freedoms, and Scottish theology has historically regarded as fundamental the freedom of the individual before her or his deity. This Conference aims to examine the question of "freedom" in its broadest terms, regarding concepts such as artistic, intellectual and political independence as crucial factors towards an understanding of Scotland's self-image. Papers might include, but are not limited to the following themes:

- The literary call to freedom: Scottish poetry, theatre and prose.
- Nationalism and Unionism: Independent and Free?
- Women in Scotland: Freedom curtailed?
- The Scottish Enlightenment.
- Freedom of Speech – the languages of Scotland.
- Land of the Free: Emigration and Immigration.
- Historical and political echoes of freedom of speech and thought in Scotland.
- Ecological freedom in contemporary Scotland.
- From the Covenanters to the Wee Frees – Religious Independence in Scotland.
- Working Class liberation: Trade Union and Socialist thought and activity in Scotland.
- Independent writing: Thoughts on the Scottish literary system.
- Gay Liberation? Sexual and gender politics in Scotland.
- Freeing Scotland's banks: Economics in Scotland.

Please submit proposals for:
a) individual 20-minute presentations and b) roundtables on a special theme.
Abstracts (approx. 250 words) should be submitted by e-mail as file attachments in MS WORD to both dclark@udc.es and rjarazo@udc.es These should include: 1) name and affiliation, 2) e-mail address, 3) title of paper, 4) abstract, 5) multimedia requirements, 6) short professional bio-data, 7) postal address.
Deadline: 28th March 2012

*"Freedom all solace to man gives:
He lives at ease that freely lives!"
From Barbour's The Brus