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Video highlights of the conference, and details of an accompanying volume of essays, can be found on the Centre for Scottish Studies blog.



19 AUGUST 2014

The full programme for IF SCOTLAND can be downloaded via these links:


Programme & Panels (PDF)

Paper Abstracts & Biographical Notes (PDF)

Practicalities (PDF)
[directions, notes on accommodation, IT, etc — revised 20 Aug]

Registration has now closed, but if you’re desperate to attend please email and we’ll do our best to squeeze you in!

You will see from the final programme that Meaghan Delahunt has joined the literary conversation on Saturday evening, in place of Hardeep Singh Kohli.


14 AUGUST 2014

Very pleased to announce that some additional funding means the conference is entirely FREE to all but salaried academics — though places are limited.  Please do register (for catering purposes).

Also excellent to note that Kerry Hudson will be joining the literary discussion panel on Saturday evening. Regrettably Alasdair Gray has had to pull out.


7 AUGUST 2014

We’re delighted to announce that the democratic renewal project So Say Scotland will be giving a workshop at the conference.  Details in the conference programme, available soon.

Professor Christopher Whatley is no longer able to take part, unfortunately. The lead talk in the post-No plenary debate on Sunday 24th will be given by Ken MacLeod, a compelling and imaginative voice in the debate.


18 JUNE 2014

The Call for Papers is now CLOSED. Thanks to everyone who submitted an abstract — we’ll be in touch very soon.


1 JUNE 2014

We’re thrilled to have the dynamos of Dearest Scotland involved with the conference.  IF SCOTLAND delegates will have the chance to take part in this fascinating letters project, and to hear more about crowdsourced visions of the future.

Dearest Scotland invites you to write to the future of Scotland. 2014 is the year we decide, as a nation, our future direction. But where are we going? What should it look like? What do we who live in Scotland actually think? 

Dearest Scotland

Check out the sample letters on the website for some very creative and passionate responses, ranging from a job offer for the ex-Prime Minister, to a potted history of the ‘Scottish Re-Enlightenment’. Naturally, we’re particularly keen to imagine what it might be like to read those letters a few decades down the line…


20 MAY 2014

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17 MAY 2014

News of a few exciting IF SCOTLAND collaborations coming soon…


This conference is supported by the School of Arts & Humanities at the University of Stirling, and by the Stirling Centre for Scottish Studies.

The conference organiser is Scott Hames, assisted by Dr Matt Foley.

The website uses images from the Scottish Political Archive.

It uses the VETKA font by Ruslan Khasanov, within the Fudge theme by EventManager.


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