This 2-day conference will provide a forum for debate on historical, literary and linguistic interconnections between the Caribbean and Scotland. Studies of imperialism have only recently begun to investigate Scotland's role in the making of the Atlantic world, and the Caribbean’s role in Scottish life. To date, research has focused on remapping colonial history. A central aim of the conference is to assess past work, including a project funded by the University of Trento that resulted in Caribbean-Scottish Relations (2007), a co-authored book by four of our speakers: Anim-Addo, Covi, Pollard and Sassi. We believe that it is now necessary to reflect on past and current work that links the Caribbean and Scotland. This will be the first conference to present research in the combined fields of Scottish, Postcolonial and Caribbean Studies.
The conference will focus on the complex cultural, social and political relationships between the Caribbean and Scotland, including discussions of Caribbean peoples/the Caribbean in Scotland; Scots/Scotland in the Caribbean; reparation and memorialisation across the Caribbean and Scotland; diasporic identities; Wilson Harris and Scottish literary traditions; the Caribbean, Scotland and the Enlightenment; abolitionist writing and campaigns in the Caribbean and Scotland; Scottish and Caribbean song traditions; aspects of language: Caribbean Creoles, Scots and Gaelic.
This conference is funded by the British Academy, the Dipartimento di Anglistica of the University of Verona, Stirling University's Centre for Commonwealth Studies, Centre for Scottish Studies and Department of English Studies.
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Dr Gemma Robinson
Department of English Studies
University of Stirling
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