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New Perspectives on the ‘auld alliance’: Call for Papers

New Perspectives on the ‘auld alliance’: Scotland, France and their neighbours in the early modern era

This conference will explore the multifaceted relations between Scotland and France in the period c.1450-1700. Although the main focus of the conference is the auld alliance between France and Scotland, papers addressing this relationship in the broader British Isles or European context, and papers exploring relations between other countries (such as Franco-Danish or Anglo-Irish interactions) which have bearing on Franco-Scottish interactions will be warmly welcomed. Proposals for papers are welcome from any discipline, particularly history and literature, but also the history of art, architecture and other fields of study.

Proposals are welcome from any aspect of relations amongst the countries in question, including:

Challenging traditional periodisation surrounding the auld alliance

  • Alternatives to the auld alliance
  • Diplomacy and diplomatic encounters
  • Information networks – the movement of books, people, news and information
  • The relationship between religious change and diplomatic orientation
  • Reporting on foreign political practices and borrowing foreign political practices.
  • Relations outside or beyond formal/official diplomacy
  • Cultural and intellectual connections
  • Economic and trade connections
  • Influences on material culture and artistic and architectural styles and practices.
  • War, conflict and violence
  • International families (such as the Franco-Scottish Aubigny Stuarts)

The conference will be held from 21st – 22nd June 2016 at the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus.

Professor Steve Murdoch of the University of St Andrews will deliver the keynote lecture.

Applications for panels of three speakers and for individual papers of 20 minutes in length are welcome. For individual papers, please send abstracts of 300 words together with a title and the speaker’s institutional affiliation. For panel proposals, please send abstracts of 300 words per paper plus a panel title and a few sentences drawing out the connections between the papers, with the institutional affiliations of all speakers as s single submissions.

A small number of bursaries for postgraduate speakers waiving the registration fee and contributing towards travel costs will be available. Potential speakers wishing to apply for these should note this on their application and detail where they will be travelling from.

Please submit proposals by 15 April 2016 to