Congress 2020



Annual congress of the French Society for Scottish Studies (SFEE) 27 & 28 November 2020, University of Nantes CRINI: Centre de Recherche sur les Identités Nationales et l’Interculturalité, EA 1162

On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of its creation, the French Society for Scottish Studies will hold its annual congress at the University of Nantes under the aegis of the CRINI research centre on November 27-28, 2020.
In these challenging times of division and separation, the conference will focus on the notion of “relating”. Participants will be invited to examine the many different types of friendly and less friendly relations that Scotland has formed, promoted and maintained with its neighbouring nations and countries within and without the EU; those include commercial agreements, international and diplomatic relations, scientific partnerships, cooperation in the fields of art and culture…
Of special interest will be the history of the relations between France and Scotland from the Auld Alliance through to the present day – and beyond, for we shall also interrogate the way transatlantic relations might evolve post-Brexit and in the event of Scottish independence. Special emphasis will also be placed on the relationships between Scotland and its Northern neighbours, as well as with its “global friends” and overseas diasporic populations. On a more local scale, we propose to investigate the ways the various ethnic, linguistic and religious communities that form Scotland’s civil society have related to each other and inter-acted with one another, whether it be through mutualism, competition or otherwise.

Participants are invited to approach the notion of relating as an act of communication and thus to examine how Scottish artists have translated love, friendship or conflict into fiction, poetry, drama and visual arts. What words, languages, forms and media to establish contact with each other, to relate to one’s rivals, peers, loved ones and “true fieres”?
We welcome proposals that aim to explore the relationship between authors, readers, editors and academics, whether in their correspondence or in a wider context, including the way the Scottish Enlightenment contributed to the development of literary history and literary criticism across Europe. Participants are also invited to examine the dialogue between schools of thought, literary transfers (Macpherson’s Ossian cycle, Walter Scott’s historical novel…) and the adaptation and reconfiguration of foreign genre structures and forms for the local context.

The organizers invite proposals that focus on (but are not limited to):

  • Scotland-England, Scotland-Ireland, Scotland-Wales: what relations
  • after Brexit?
  • -Scotland-Europe: the ties that bind, the ties that break
  • Relations and borders (both geographical and imaginary)
  • The Auld Alliance: historical, cultural and economic contacts,
  • interactions and transfers between Scotland and France through history,
  • in literature and the arts
  • Scotland and the Anglosphere: past, present and future relations
  • Interactions between the Lowlands and the Highlands through history
  • Contact, cooperation and conflict between Scotland’s various ethnic,
  • linguistic and religious communities
  • The Scottish Enlightenment and the issue of international relations;
  • David Hume’s Theory of relations
  • Representing relations: love, friendship and conflict in literature
  • and the arts
  • Artistic cooperation and literary correspondence
  • Relating as narrating, multilingualism, intermediality
  • Relating in/via the media and social media

Please send a 200-word abstract in English or French along with the author’s short bio-bibliography by 30 April 2020 to the following addresses:,