Sunday 22 October 2017 | 1.15pm – 2.45pm
Event title: Four Conversations: A United Kingdom?
Location: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
ScotRes in association with Bloomsbury Festival 2017
The relationships between the constituent parts of the United Kingdom has arguably never been more divided, nor have demands for various forms of independence been more vocal. This in-the-round event brings together four speakers to ask each other how they perceive the United (or Disunited) Kingdom. Each speaker will have an association with either England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland and each will have varying specialisms. They will bring to the conversation a variety of constitutional standpoints.
Monday 4 September 2017 | 6.00pm-8.00pm
Event title: Pathways to statehood: Scotland and Catalonia
Location: Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, 67-69 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3JB
Scotland and Catalonia have a long history of professing their own national identity, culture, and language separate from the larger nation states within which they are located. This seminar marks an opportunity to discuss the legal and political obstacles and opportunities to independent statehood for Scotland and Catalonia. What are the prospects of becoming an independent Scotland or Catalonia? How would this be achieved? What would a future legal or political relationship with the United Kingdom or Spain look like? Are Scotland and Catalonia too small to survive on their own?
This event will be held in conjunction with the Centre for Small States and Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the United Kingdom and Ireland.
There will be a drinks and canape reception for those in attendance.
Thursday 29 June 2017 | 6.00pm-8.00pm (proceedings start 6.30pm):
Event title: Liberalism versus nationalism? Scottish Home Rule in the late 19th century
Speaker: Naomi Lloyd-Jones (King’s College)
Covering the period 1886-1912, this talk will focus on the fractious relationship between those who campaigned for a Scottish parliament and the Liberal party, which dominated nineteenth-century Scottish politics. It will outline the contemporary arguments for devolution, before turning to the bitter conflict between the Scottish Home Rule Association and Liberal leaders in both Scotland and England, which in turn caused division within the Association’s own ranks. Considering the increasingly bellicose tactics adopted by the Association, and its increasing frustration at the seeming prioritisation of Ireland, the talk will highlight how, for many activists, the dividing line would become one of Liberalism or nationalism.