International Workshop on “Island Independence Parties in an age of European integration and globalization”
Co-Convenors: Dr Eve Hepburn (Edinburgh) and Prof. Godfrey Baldacchino (University of Prince Edward Island)
This workshop brings together the world’s leading island studies scholars and European island independence party activists and parliamentarians to discuss the prospects of independence for subnational island jurisdictions (SNIJs) in an age of supranational integration and globalization. Current events indicate that the aspirations of colonies to independence for securing freedom and self-determination is grinding to a halt; the rationale for independence, if at all, is increasingly driven by pragmatic and economic arguments. This project explores whether ‘independence’ is still a credible or attractive goal for island movements, or whether they are seeking new forms of autonomy, shared sovereignty and interdependence with a benevolent (state or supranational) patron in an age of deepening European integration and globalization.
The workshop will be held over 3 days: beginning at 12:30pm on Thursday 8 September and ending at 1pm on Saturday 10 September.
Days 1 & 2 of the workshop (8-9 September) will take place in Room
1.11 of the University of Edinburgh Library in George Square.
Day 3 (10 September) will be held in the Raeburn Room, Old College.
Participation in this workshop is free. However, places are limited, so if you wish to attend, please contact Lindsay Adams (Lindsay.firstname.lastname@example.org).
This workshop has been generously funded by the Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence at the Europa Institute, University of Edinburgh, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, the Madison Trust and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
The workshop will feature contributions by: Eve Hepbur; Godfrey Baldacchino; Alasdair Allan MSP; Jerome L McElry; J. Barry Bartmann; Stephen Levine; Nathalie Mrgudovic; Peter Clegg; André Fazi; Bjarne Lindström; Britt Cartrite; Høgni Hoyda; Franciscu Sedda; Michael Keating; David Milne.
A draft programme is available from Lindsay Adams (Lindsay.email@example.com).