Call for Papers: Politics and the Public in Scotland, c.1300-2000


Thursday 13 June 2013 – Friday 14 June 2013

Parliament Hall, University of St Andrews

Call for Papers



The Institute of Scottish Historical Research and the School of History at the University of St Andrews are pleased to announce a two-day Conference exploring the changing relationship between the Scottish public, the political process, and those who sought to represent the public in the political sphere from the late medieval period until the present.

The Conference will feature keynote addresses from:

Scottish parliament 1680s

Dr Steve Boardman (University of Edinburgh)

Dr Karin Bowie (University of Glasgow)

Professor Richard Finlay (University of Strathclyde)

Submissions are welcomed for individual papers addressing the conference themes.


Papers may address matters including, but certainly not restricted to:

  • The nature and forms of public political engagement and popular political practice.
  • Competing perceptions of the public within political discourse, and the importance of, and tensions between, oral and print cultures in shaping such perceptions.
  • The changing importance and role of public opinion within the political sphere.
  • Contested notions of the ‘public’ as a socio-political category, including the use of gender, race, religion and class to define both the composition of the political ‘public’ and to construct a legitimate ‘public’ opinion.
  • Cultural representations of the political public.
  • Transnational influences and comparative studies.

crown 1Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words (including your name, institutional affiliation and contact details) to by Friday 1st March 2013.  Papers should be no longer than twenty minutes in length.

Proposals are especially welcome from postgraduate and early career historians. Further details can be found here.


The conference is supported by a facebook group. Join it at

About standrewshistory
With over forty full time members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from S cotland to Byzantium and the Americas to the Middle East and South Asia.Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching and tutorials allowing for in depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

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