How Scottish identity is formed

What makes Scotland Scottish? How have the forces of history, literature, religion, sport and law shaped Scottish identity?

These questions will be discussed at a special one-day event featuring some of the country’s most prominent thinkers, including Professor Tom Devine, Professor Mona Siddiqui, and author James Robertson.

Understanding Scottish Identity Conference

Tickets are £25 (£15 for students) including lunch and drinks.

Wednesday 30 April 2014, 9.30am

Wednesday 30 April 2014, 4.00pm

Martin Hall, New College, 1 Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LU

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What is so ‘Scottish’ about Scotland?

The conference will explore different aspects of what it means to be Scottish, their historical developments and recent expression.

Five speakers from the University will present provocative viewpoints. The talks include:

  • 'Is there anything truly Scottish about Scots law?' by Professor John Cairns
  • 'More Than Just a Game or Ninety-Minute Patriots - Scottish Sport in the Making of Nations' by Professor Grant Jarvie
  • 'Did Scotland invent English Literature?' by Professor Penny Fielding
  • 'How did Scotland survive and not become North Britain within the union state?' by Professor Tom Devine
  • 'A secular Scotland is a healthier place for faith communities' by Dr Will Storrar

Panel debate

Following the presentations broadcaster Sheena McDonald will lead a panel discussion, which will include Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Inter-Religious Studies; Christine Bell, Professor of Constitutional Law; James Robertson, novelist; and Magnus Linklater, former editor of the Scotsman.

The event will be co-chaired by David Fergusson, Professor of Divinity and Principal of New College, and Jo Shaw, Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH).

The conference is co-sponsored by the IASH and the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh.

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