Archive for August, 2014

The Institute of Governance has provided open online access to the full text of the full run of Scottish Government Yearbooks (1976-92).

The Yearbooks provide unparalleled insights into a crucial period in Scotland’s political and social development. This archive is of particular interest to students of nationalism since its contents bears witness to, and carefully analyses, a Scotland in which a devolved Assembly seemed inevitable, a Scotland where those assumptions were dashed through the referendum of 1979, and a Scotland which rejected Thatcherism but endured its radical shaking of key institutions.

The Yearbooks end in 1992, when ‘home rule’ stood reinvigorated and when the question of devolution was again dominating the Scottish political agenda. As the introduction to that final volume notes there was by then “a real sense of an uncompleted agenda” in, and for, Scotland. To address that agenda the Yearbooks morphed, in 1992, into Scottish Affairs, Scotland’s longest running peer-reviewed journal of contemporary Scottish issues.

You can find the archive HERE

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Sarah Fine on the Ethics of Immigration Policy

September 15 2014, 2-4pm, room 1.17, Philosophy Department, Dugald Stewart Building

Dr Sarah Fine is a senior tutor in philosophy at University College London. Her work addresses ethical questions relating to immigration policy, in particular the justifiability of immigration restrictions and barriers to citizenship. Her work has been published in a number of top journals, including Ethics and Philosophy Compass. Her book, Immigration and the Right to Exclude, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

The event is co-hosted by the departments of Philosophy and Politics and International Relations. All are welcome to attend.

If you have any questions concerning this event, please contact Kieran Oberman, kieran.oberman@ed.ac.uk

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Dr Annis May Timpson, Director of the University of Edinburgh’s Centre of Canadian Studies, was interviewed on CBC Radio’s ‘Sunday Edition’ (17 August 2014). Listen here. Read here.

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nise_logoNext month, on September 17-18, NISE (the platform on National movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe) together with the Lithuanian Institute for History and the Welsh Nationalism Foundation organises a conference on ‘Creating and interpreting heroes and heroism in a national context’. This Vilnius meeting focuses on the question why and how people become national heroes, and how this is related to the stage of national development. In four thematic sessions specialists from all parts of Europe will discuss several models of hero worship, the importance of representation in a wide array of contexts and this for both historical and contemporary heroes. The conference is the first part of the dyptich ‘Heroes & Protagonists’, shedding light on the role of both the famous and the anonymous individual in the functioning of national mass movements.

Attendance to the conference is free. For the programme and registration, look at





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