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61 Shane Alcobia-Murphy

61 Shane Alcobia-Murphy Cross-Currents School of Language & Literature King's College University of Aberdeen AB24 2UB Aberdeen (UK) sam@abdn.ac.uk The AHRC Centre offers a number of bursaries to cover the full cost of accommodation. If you wish to apply for one of these, please send a personal statement along with your abstract. There is no conference fee. On the Edge: Transitions, Transgressions, and Transformations in Irish and Scottish Studies The Canadian Association for Irish Studies/L‟Association canadienne d'études irlandaises and the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen 19 – 23 June 2013, Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Call for Papers The Canadian Association for Irish Studies/L‟Association canadienne d'études irlandaises and the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen, invite you to participate in On the Edge – an international and interdisciplinary conference to be held 19–23 June 2013 at Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The conference venue, itself, is on an edge between the North American continent and the Pacific Ocean, and we hope that it will provide a stimulating setting for discussion of the conference themes. We ask potential presenters to explore the idea of the edge creatively and critically, in all its manifestations and evocations. The edge can be a space (physical, social, cultural, political) between the known and the unknown. It can be a place of endings and beginnings. It can be a border and hence a potential site of marginalization, tension, and conflict. Or it can be more permeable – a contact zone where cultures meet and interact or where border crossings are fluid and ongoing. Transgression often takes place at edges and signals a challenge to boundaries and binaries. The result of such destabilization can often be transformation. The conference theme speaks to disability studies (bodies on the edge) and mental health studies (minds on the edge). It also suggests edginess – the provocative, located at the leading edge. Conference organizers welcome paper, panel, and presentation proposals from a diversity of individuals or groups engaged in Irish and/or Scottish studies, including graduate students, junior and senior scholars, independent scholars, public and community historians, authors, poets, artists, musicians, dancers, activists, and community associations. We encourage participants to engage with the conference themes, although papers and presentations dealing with other issues will also be considered. Panels that explore transnationalisms, cross over disciplinary boundaries, or speak to the cutting edge of theory, practice, or pedagogy will be particularly welcomed. To apply as a panel, please submit a title and abstract of the session (2 pages maximum), including the names of the chair and each of the panel members as well as a 250-word biography or one-page CV for each participant. To submit individual proposals, please provide a Scottish Studies Newsletter 40, November 2012

62 paper or presentation title and an abstract of no more than 350 words, along with a 250-word biography or one-page CV. Proposals must be received by 1 October 2012. PLEASE NOTE that this deadline is firm because of venue and funding deadlines. Kindly submit all proposals to the website. Should you have questions about the conference or the website for submissions, please contact the following: Re: Conference: Dr Willeen Keough, Simon Fraser University Email: wkeough@sfu.ca Re: Submission Website Dr Jonathan Cameron, University of Aberdeen Email: jon.cameron@abdn.ac.uk 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. 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). Further details on ECSSS website Places for this conference are limited, and we expect them to fill up quickly. Please e-mail a title and one-page description of your proposed 3-paper panel or 20-minute paper, along with a one-page CV, to the program organizer, Richard B. Sher (sher@njit.edu), no later than 1 December 2012. Scottish Studies Newsletter 40, November 2012

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