Forum For British and Irish Political Thought Conference

‘The Present Crisis: Origins and Outcomes’

Saturday 17 September 2016

Arts Lecture Theatre, University of St Andrews

A colloquium under the auspices of the Forum for British and Irish Political Thought, the Carnegie Literature and Union project, the Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum and the St Andrews Institute for Intellectual History.

Event free and open. However, for catering purposes, please register your interest with Prof. Colin Kidd on

9.30 Tea/coffee Arts Lecture Theatre Foyer

10 -11 Session I The Deep Background
Prof. Dauvit Broun (Glasgow), ‘The deep historical background: imagining kingdoms as islands’
Dr. Katie Stevenson (National Museums of Scotland), ‘Bannockburn: The Uses of the Past in Debating the Future, 2011-2014’

11 -11.15 COFFEE Arts Foyer

11.15-12.30 Session II (a) The Recent Background
Dr. Malcolm Petrie (St Andrews), ‘Letting the people back in: sovereignty, representation and the rise of the referendum’
Prof. Graham Walker (Queen’s Belfast), ‘Labour’s demise in Scotland, Irish echoes and the crisis of the Union’

12.30-13.20 SANDWICH LUNCH All welcome. School of History, St Katharine’s Lodge, Seminar Rooms 1 and 2.

13.20-14.45 Session II (b) The Recent Background
David Torrance (The Herald), ‘Arguments for Independence 1986-2016’
Lord McFall, ‘The baw’s on the slates’

14.45-15.10 TEA Arts Foyer

15.10 – 17.00 Session III Constitutional Futures
David Melding AM, ‘The Anglo-Welsh Union after Brexit’
Lord Norton, ‘The Union and devolution: diversity and incoherence’
Prof. Aileen McHarg (Strathclyde), ‘’Territorial Diversity and the UK Constitution: How much can the Union bear?’

17.00 Drinks reception/Book launch (Arts Foyer): The Scottish Independence Referendum: Constitutional and Political Implications Edited by Aileen McHarg, Tom Mullen, Alan Page, Neil Walker (Oxford University Press)

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