Beyond the Border: Irish and Scottish Studies, 1999-2019-2039

Beyond the Border: Irish and Scottish Studies, 1999-2019-2039

Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies: Twentieth Anniversary Conference

2019 marks the twentieth anniversary of the foundation of the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen. Opened by President Mary McAleese on St Andrews day 1999, the Institute has housed a series of ground-breaking projects comparing the cultures, politics, literatures, languages and histories of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland, in their local, national and global contexts. The result has been an enhanced understanding of the shared and competitive trajectories of the Celtic communities both in their homelands and in their diasporic hostlands.

In conjunction with the International Research Consortium for Irish and Scottish Studies, the Institute now calls for papers to address the historical development, current state and future development of the comparative study of Ireland and Scotland. Thinking about and across the borders of academic debate and political division, the organisers look for contributors to reflect on how the field and Irish and Scottish Studies has, can and could move beyond, the traditional shared narratives of sectarian animosity, economic crisis and forced migration. We also seek to ask whether ongoing nation-building and cultural self-assertion have hindered or helped relations between the two countries.

The conference organisers seek contributions from the full range of academic disciplines, and between them, and encourage postgraduate contributions as well as those from established scholars. 

Call for Papers now open
Hosted by
Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies
Sir Duncan Rice Library

To submit a 100-word abstract, please contact Professor Michael Brown ( The call for papers will close on 15 July 2019.

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