Politics and the Public in Scotland, c.1300-2000

Thursday 13 – 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:

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.


Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words (including your name, institutional affiliation and contact details) to polpub@st-andrews.ac.uk 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.

A printable version of the call for papers can be downloaded here.