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Explorations of Islands in
Scottish Literature and Culture

29 June–1 July 2018
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig,
Isle of Skye, Scotland

This conference will investigate the many portrayals, both historical and contemporary, of the rich, distinctive cultures of the Scottish islands or islands with Scottish connections through poetry and song, fiction and non-fiction, drama, film, art and music.

We invite submissions of abstracts concerning works from all periods which explore any aspect of island experience, from any methodological angle. Papers on contemporary interdisciplinary projects which blend island traditions and artistic experiment to create new works and new ways of living on the islands are also encouraged.

Paper topics could include but are not limited to:

  • representations of past and present Scottish island life and culture
  • growing up on islands in Scottish literature
  • creative and aesthetic approaches to representing Scottish islands
  • environments, economies and contemporary change
  • Scottish islands’ vulnerabilities and resilience
  • the languages of Scottish islands
  • archipelagic comparisons: Scottish islands/archipelagos and islands/archipelagos across the world

Please send abstracts (not more than 300 words) for papers of 30 minutes in length to

2018cfp@asls.org.uk by 1 December 2017. Abstract submission should include a brief biography and institutional affiliation.


Last updated 23 August 2017.