Recent scholarly attention has focussed on the evolution of national cultural symbols, “founding mythologies” and cultural emblems. This year’s semi-annual colloquium hosted by the Scottish Studies Programme at the University of Guelph explores representations of Scottish history and tradition and invites papers which critically explore:
The development and adoption of emblems of Scottish nationhood, such as the bagpipes and the kilt;
The role of the diaspora in nurturing symbols of Scottish identity;
The role of language(s), religion, education, individuals (such as Robert the Bruce, William Wallace, Robbie Burns and Walter Scott) and other institutions and figures central to Scottish cultural self-definition.
The Keynote Address will be delivered by Dr. Graeme Morton of the Department of Economic and Social History at the University of Edinburgh, and author of William Wallace: Man and Myth (Sutton Publishing, 2001) and Unionist-Nationalism: Governing Urban Scotland, 1830-1860 (Tuckwell Press, 1998)
The University of Guelph is located one hour west of Toronto, with extensive transportation links to Toronto, Pearson International Airport, and communities throughout southern Ontario. The University's Scottish holdings are among the largest in the world, and its Archives and Library welcome researchers.
The Scottish Studies Programme regrets that it cannot provide travel support to Colloquium speakers, but it will provide letters to accepted speakers in aid of efforts to acquire third-party funding.
Dr. Kevin James
Scottish Studies Program
University of Guelph
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