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Scottish Studies Newsletter - Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Scottish Studies Newsletter - Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

52 Scotland, Europe and

52 Scotland, Europe and Empire in the Age of Adam Smith and Beyond 26th Annual Conference of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society and The International Adam Smith Society 3 – 6 July 2013, University of Paris, Sorbonne; hosted by the Centre Roland Mousnier–UMR 8596 CNRS. Conference website Call for Papers ECSSS returns to Europe for the first time in six years when it holds its 2013 conference in Paris, jointly sponsored by the International Adam Smith Society. The conference organizer is Jean-François Dunyach of the Sorbonne’s Centre Roland Mousnier. The theme of the conference is eighteenth-century empire. What role did Scotland play in the British Empire (and other empires), from the Americas in the west to Asia in the east? How did Scots interact with Europeans at home and abroad? How was the concept of empire theorized in the emerging, largely Scottish discipline of political economy, especially in the work of Adam Smith? How was the theme of empire addressed in novels, plays, and other works of imaginary literature, as well as in travel literature, religious and philosophical works, and other genres? The conference will also include papers on the later impact of Adam Smith’s thought, especially on empire. As at all ECSSS conferences, proposals for papers and panels on other aspects of eighteenth-century Scottish culture and history will also be welcome. The conference will kick off on Wednesday 3 July with a plenary lecture by Emma Rothschild of Harvard University, on “Overseas at Home: France and Scotland in the Eighteenth Century”. This will be followed by three days of concurrent panels, a plenary lecture by Amartya Sen of Harvard University on a topic to be announced, and a concluding plenary lecture by Michael Biziou of the University of Nice on “Kant and Smith as Critics of Hume’s Theory of Justice: Property, Poverty and Redistribution of Wealth”. There will also be a concert by the Sorbonne Scholars (Thursday); a visit to Le Musée Carnavalet – the museum of the history of Paris – followed by a buffet (Friday); and a conference dinner at Paris’s oldest restaurant, the famous Le Procope (Saturday). Thanks to generous support from the Sorbonne, all of this will be included in the comprehensive registration fee of €135 (€110 for graduate students, retirees, and guests). A link to further details will be available by late October on the. The deadline for submissions to this conference has passed. ASLS Schools Conference 2013 Saturday 5 October 2013 The 2013 Schools Conference will be held in Room P514 in the Graham Hills Building, Richmond Street, University of Strathclyde. Conference website Scotland 2014: Coming of Age and Loss of Innocence? 17 – 20 October 2013, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Scottish Studies Centre Germersheim, Germany. Conference website One year before the Scottish referendum on independence this conference will investigate the possibilities and prospects Scotland now has. The conference intends to define past and Scottish Studies Newsletter 41, April 2013

53 present conceptions of devolution and independence in large contexts, but will also try to develop ideas about the future of Scotland, Europe and the democratic world. We'd be pleased to hear your ideas and suggestions for this event which will take place at Mainz University in its Faculty 06 in Germersheim. Alex Salmond said in early September 2012 that the 2014 referendum should be on 18 October 2014. Our conference will, therefore, examine the situation exactly one year earlier and analyse, describe, and discuss it from Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 October 2013, with an opening ceremony on Wednesday 16 October at 6.30pm. (These e-mail addresses can be used for your comments, suggestions, and ideas: (walkerro@uni-mainz.de; schroedm@uni-mainz.de; lgoerke@uni-mainz.de; kmueller@unimainz.de.) The environment and the (post)human in Scotland: representing nature and the living Annual International Conference of the SFEEc Société Française d'Études Écossaises, in partnership with the Association for Scottish Literary Studies 17 – 19 October 2013, Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, France. Conference website Call for Papers This international conference will explore how the environment – the land and nature – has been represented and considered throughout the ages and how the environment has often assumed a key position in Scotland's artistic, political, social and cultural expression. Our aim is to see how these elements can be understood in their relationship to human beings – to their past and present existence, their future and their evolution: the human or posthuman dimensions. Nature and the environment lie at the core of our current concerns and scientific paradigms. Political speeches or policies, packed with ecological concerns and considerations, have often advocated a return to nature. Scottish history, civilization, politics, art, literature and cinema will provide us with the means to explore these themes. Throughout the ages, the environment and the notion of territory have often been considered as necessary to the manifestation of a Scottish identity or to the expression of specifically Scottish traits. It is possible to consider the land in a nationalist light: as a place of belonging and as an illustration of the intimate links that are claimed by some – or the intimate links that some claim to enjoy with the nation and its history. The land has often been used as a means of expression for nationalist and independent rhetoric or politics. Nature and the environment can also be explored through the prism of Scottish history and the concomitant narratives of Scottishness. For instance the development of the nation can be charted through human transformations of the natural landscape and how these have in their turn impacted upon the perception and self-perception of the Scottish people. Indeed, before its Romantic, post-bellum recuperation as synecdoche of the nation, the Highlands and its inhabitants were long figured and often branded as the mysterious and frightening “Other”. During the nineteenth century, in the name of Improvement, the Highlands were transformed forever as crops and farming methods were altered and glens emptied, while the industrial revolution radically redesigned the Lowlands, modifying lifestyles and living conditions and irrevocably expanding the urban environment. Today nature often seems entirely absent from the steel and concrete cityscapes of Scotland’s great urban centres. The contemporary metropolis has become a site of never-ending cultural Scottish Studies Newsletter 41, April 2013

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