‘Identity, Culture and Society in Scotland’,

ESHSS Annual Conference, Edinburgh, 27-28 October 2017

Call for Papers

The Economic and Social History Society of Scotland (ESHSS) is pleased to announce a call for papers for the 2017 conference on the theme of ‘Identity, Culture, and Society in Scotland’.

We invite individual and panel (with a maximum of three speakers) proposals from academics, curators, archivists and public historians for 20 minute papers which explore how Scotland’s history has been told, and whether and how we can encourage public discussions of Scotland’s history, including the contemporary dominance of questions surrounding nationalism and unionism.

Paper or panel topics might include (but are by no means limited to):

· The emergence and production of Scottish economic and social history

· Selling Scotland: from Walter Scott, via Braveheart to Trainspotting

· Immigration and emigration: diaspora, diversity and Scottish identity

· The Scottish experience of war and empire

· The history of landownership, land use, and land reform

· Women’s history, gender and sexuality

· Everyday life in Scotland

· Urban Scotland, and the history of Scotland’s cities

· Engaging the public with Scotland’s economic and social history

· Work, leisure and politics in Scotland

· Identities and tribes:

o Sport & Religion

o Politics: Nationalism/unionism

o Tartanry

·The changing face of the media in Scotland

· Economic history and its role in forming Scotland’s past

· Environment, sustainable development, and resource management

· The role of the cultural and heritage industries in forming perceptions of Scotland’s History

· Scotland’s relationship with Europe: past and present


Proposals of no more than 500 words, along with a short biography of 300 words (including name, institution (if applicable), telephone number, and email address), should be sent to Dr Patricia Whatley (Chair of ESHSS) no later than Thursday 31st August.