Given my own research interest on religion on the island of Ireland, including the religious links between Northern Ireland/Ulster and Scotland, I’m enthusiastic about this new venture.
The Network is planning a conference 24-25 October on “Religion in Scotland,” at Scottish Police College, Tulliallan, and has released a Call for Papers. While the Call focuses primarily on Scotland, “papers on Ulster are also welcome.”
The residential conference is free for all those presenting papers, and costs just £25 for those not presenting — a true bargain of the conference circuit!
I have reproduced the Call below, or you can view it here.
Conference: Religion in Scotland
Dates: 24-25 October 2014
Location: Scottish Police College, Tulliallan
The Royal Society of Edinburgh funded Scottish Religious Cultures Network is hosting a conference on the role religion has [played] and does play in Scottish culture. Despite the steady secularisation of Scottish society understanding Scotland’s religious past is essential for understanding Scotland’s social present. Religion has served as a principal factor in the formation of Scotland by shaping cultural norms, delineating individual and corporate identities, and profoundly influencing the nation’s legal and political institutions. This conference seeks to explore some of these aspects of the impact of religion on the making of modern Scotland.
Proposals for twenty minute papers are invited, particularly from postgraduate students, focusing on historical, sociological, theological, artistic, literary, legal, architectural and cultural aspects of religion in Scotland. Comparative studies, papers on the influence of Scottish religion abroad and papers on religion in Ulster are also welcome. The residential conference will be free for all those who deliver papers. A nominal fee of £25 will be required from those who attend but do not deliver papers. Individuals giving papers will also be prioritised in registrations if the event is fully booked. Proposals should be submitted by 1 August.
Selected papers will be published in a collection of conference proceedings.
This event has been warmly supported by the Scottish Catholic Historical Association and the Scottish Church History Society.
Proposals, general correspondence and registration inquiries should be directed to Scott Spurlock:Scott.Spurlock@glasgow.ac.uk