Signs of In(ter)dependence


‘The run up to Scottish Referendum has inspired a re-examination the relationships, tensions and dialogues between the constituent parts of the Atlantic Archipelago and its place in the wider international community’.

A great line up for this event by the University of Glasgow College of Arts and the Scottish Literature Department. With keynotes lectures by Alan Riach ‘Archipelago Poems: Diversity or Dividedness’ and Michael Morris ‘Indy 2014: Island Nation to Atlantic Archipelago’.

Follow them at @ArchipelagicConf.
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Liz Lochhead

Dr Scott Hames (University of Stirling): From we to here: Rhetorics of voice and space in Scottish literary and political nationalism.
Zoe Strachan (novelist, journalist, University of Glasgow)
Liz Lochhead (poet and dramatist)
Alasdair Gray (writer and artist)
Loki writer, performer, community activist and journalist) Kicking the habit: The psychology of dependency
Arianna Introna: (University of Stirling) The ‘remainder of normal at the end of normal’: Placing Disability in the Diverse Space(s) of Scottish Literature, Dr Carol Baraniuk (University of Ulster) Scottish Literary Renaissances: Ulster-Scots – a long, slow burn?
Richie McCaffery PhD can. (University of Glasgow) Private Morgan: Edwin Morgan’s experience of war as captured in The New Divan
Dr Mary Chadwick (Aberystwyth University)


Tom Leonard

Nessa Yuille (University of Glasgow) our everlasting Adieu! [eternal] separation! Three Encounters with the American Declaration of Independence, 1776-1917
Eddie Molloy PhD can. (Queen’s University Belfast) John Mitchel and the Time of Famine: A Modern Apocalypse?
Sarah Paterson PhD can. (University of Glasgow) Antipodean Referenda: The New Zealand Flag Debate and Scottish Independence.
Fearghal Mac Ionnrachtaigh
Prof Jeremy Smith: (University of Glasgow) ‘Many voices, multiple identities: linguistic variation through time and space.’
Tom Leonard (poet, writer and critic) Heraclitean Renfrew – living language in the poetry of a 19th century community.
Dr Martin MacGregor (University of Glasgow) Marriage of Convenience? Gendered perceptions of Scotland and Ireland in late medieval classical Irish verse.
Iain MacKinnon Eadar da shaoghal‘Between two worlds’: (de)colonisation and the re-cognition of the sacred in the north-west of Scotland.
Dr John Young (University of Strathclyde) ‘Who do you think you are?’ History, Identity, and representations of Scotland-Ulster relations in the seventeenth century.
Darach MacDonald PhD can. (University of Ulster) Imagined Homeland: Scottish dimensions of Ulster Loyalist culture.
Alexandra Campbell PhD can. (University of Glasgow) The Spectre as Subaltern:  Modern Gothic in Scotland and Ireland.
Megan McAvoy PhD can. (University of Stirling) The Trials and Tribulations of Nationalism: Frantz Fanon and recent Scottish writing.
Daryl Perrins (University of South Wales) ‘The old home town looks the same…..’ Arcadia in Absentia: Wales and ‘The Valleys’ on Screen.
Chris Agee (poet and essayist)
Mike Small (activist, writer and publisher) Edgeriders: Power and the Positives of Peripheralism.
Prof. John Robertson (University of the West of Scotland) The Spiral of Silence: Thought Control in Democratic Scotland.

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  1. Alasdair Frew-Bell says:

    Cultural interdependence yes! Political dependence no! Take note Eddie Izzard, David Bowie et al.
    Atlantic Archipelago, much better denomination than the rather toxic British Isles.

    1. naldos says:

      Indeed, as David himself candidly admits on It’s No Game part 1 “I am barred from the event, I really don’t understand the situation”, cryptically adding “Doko ni kyokun wa aruka
      Hitobito wa yabi ooraneteiru Konna dokusaisha ni igashime rareru nowa kanashi”

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