Here are the participants with information on who they are, where they work, what their research areas have been, and a few of their publications. Further details on them can be found on their homepages.

Blain, Neil, Director of the Stirling Media Research Institute, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling, has given evidence to recent parliamentary inquiries into the newspaper industry by both the UK and Scottish governments, and was a member of the working group which reported to the Scottish Government in 2011 on funding for a digital network. He worked extensively as a broadcasting research consultant for the BBC during the 1990s, and sits on the Scottish national board of Skillset, the media sector skills council. He was a member of the Scottish Industry Skills Panel throughout its existence from 2002-2008.
Professor Blain is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and served on the 2008 RAE subject panel in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies. He has acted in an advisory capacity for a number of funded research projects and has undertaken very extensive refereeing and rapporteur work for several research councils, as well as refereeing for many journals. He is co-editor of The International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics. He is presently engaged on a variety of projects including cultural archive work.
He is a frequent public platform speaker on a range of media and cultural issues, and has made numerous radio, television and press contributions since the 1980s. His publications have covered a wide range of topics, often addressing questions of the media and collective identity, in both Europe and Scotland; and include writing on European monarchy, on sport and the media, and on cultural theory and semiotics. These include with Hugh O'Donnell (eds.), Media, Monarchy and Power, Bristol: Intellect 2003; with Alina Bernstein (eds.), Sport, Media, Culture: Local and Global Dimensions, New York: Routledge 2002; with David Hutchison (eds.), The Media in Scotland, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2008. More at

Bold, Valentina, Director of the Solway Centre for Environment and Culture, at the University of Glasgow, Dumfries. This brings together a multidisciplinary team from ecocritics to environmental scientists to explore three interlinked themes: landscape, place and memory; rural land use and landscape management; and sustainable rural tourism. Her publications include: a new introduction and music score annotations in: James Barke / Sydney Goodsir Smith (eds.), Robert Burns's The Merry Muses of Caledonia, Edinburgh: Luath 2009; James Hogg: A Bard of Nature's Making, Oxford: Lang 2007; Smeddum: A Lewis Grassic Gibbon Anthology, Edinburgh: Canongate Classics 2001. More at

Bort, Eberhard, Academic Coordinator of the Institute of Governance and a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Edinburgh. He is also the Convener and Director of Studies of the Institute's Political Internship Programme with the Scottish Parliament. His teaching at Edinburgh University has included Scottish Society and Culture, Contemporary Irish Politics, The Politics of Borders, and British Studies. He is also Book Reviews Editor of Scottish Affairs.
Before coming to Edinburgh in 1995, he was a graduate in English and German of Tübingen University, where he worked in British and Irish Studies with Professor Christopher Harvie and taught in German Studies at Trinity College, Dublin, and at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, USA. His publications include: (ed.), 'Tis Sixty Years Since: The 1951 Edinburgh People's Festival Ceilidh and the Scottish Folk Revival, Ochtertyre: Grace Note Publications 2011; (ed.), At Hame Wi' Freedom: Essays on Hamish Henderson and the Scottish Folk Revival, Ochtertyre: Grace Note Publications 2011; (ed.), Borne on the Carrying Stream: The Legacy of Hamish Henderson, Ochtertyre: Grace Note Publications 2010. More at;

Broun, Dauvit, Professor of Scottish History, University of Glasgow (since 2009). Director of two AHRC-funded projects: the 'Paradox of Medieval Scotland, 1093-1286' (2007-10) ( and the 'Breaking of Britain, 1216-1314' ( Author of The Irish Identity of the Kingdom of the Scots in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries, Woodbridge: Boydell 1999; Scottish Independence and the Idea of Britain from the Picts to Alexander III, Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press 2007; with Julian Harrison (eds.), The Chronicle of Melrose Abbey: a Stratigraphic Edition, vol. 1, Aberdeen: Scottish History Society & Woodbridge: Boydell 2007. Research focuses on Scotland from 7th to 14th centuries, investigating chronicles and charters as sources, particularly for the issues of identity and origins/beginnings. More at

Bulmer, W. Elliot, is a former Royal Navy officer and translator of Arabic, he is working as Assistant Programme Officer for Constitution Building Processes at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International-IDEA). His role is to provide research and knowledge support for constitution-building processes in countries that are either transitioning to independence or undergoing a democratisation process. Before that he worked part-time as Vice-President (Research Director) of the Constitutional Commission while completing a PhD in constitutional design in the Department of Politics at Glasgow University. Author of A Model Constitution for Scotland. Making Democracy Work in an Independent State, Edinburgh: Luath 2011 (

Butlin, Ron, born 1949 in Edinburgh, he studied philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. An occasional journalist and broadcaster, he lives in Edinburgh with his wife, the author Regi Claire. One of Scotland's most acclaimed writers, he also has an international reputation as a prize-winning novelist. Appointed Edinburgh Makar / Poet Laureate in 2008, he was made the first Honorary Writing Fellow at Edinburgh University in 2009, along with Ian Rankin, and became a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund in 2010. He was awarded the Scottish Arts Council Book Award for his first collection of stories, The Tilting Room (1983), The Exquisite Instrument (1982) and again for Ragtime in Unfamiliar Bars (1985), both collections of poetry. The French translation of The Sound of my Voice received the 2004 Prix Milles Pages and the 2005 Prix Lucioles, both for Best Foreign Novel.
His writings include novels, short stories, poetry, opera libretti, theatre and radio plays as well as verse for children. He also teaches music appreciation at Edinburgh University (OLL). Butlin is the author of three novels: The Sound of my Voice, Edinburgh: Canongate 1987, Night Visits, Edinburgh: Scottish Cultural Press 1997, and most recently Belonging, London: Serpent's Tail 2006. He is also the author of several collections of stories, among them Vivaldi and the Number 3, London: Serpent's Tail 2004, and No More Angels, London: Serpent's Tail 2007. He has composed seven collections of poetry, his latest being The Magicians of Edinburgh, Edinburgh: Polygon 2012. 2014 will see the publication of Ghost Moon, a novel, as well as The Magicians of Scotland, a collection of poetry and The House of Trolls, verse for children. His fiction and poetry have been translated into over ten languages. More at

Campbell, Ian, born Lausanne, educated there and in Scottish schools, Aberdeen (MA) and Edinburgh (PhD) Universities, since 1967 on the staff of Edinburgh's English Literature department, retired 2009, emeritus and teaching fellow. Visiting appointments in Germany, Canada, USA, Japan.
One of the senior editors, Duke-Edinburgh edition of the CARLYLE LETTERS, vol. 41 due Autumn 2013 (completion expected 2015). Publications in Victorian literature in both England and Scotland, and in Scottish Literature since Burns. Interests in the Bible and Literature, in Science Fiction. Long association with Mainz (Europrofessur) and Germersheim (many visits to Scottish Studies Institute). More at

Carruthers, Gerard, Professor of Scottish Literature since 1700, Co-Director of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies & Deputy Head of the School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow. His publications include: with Liam McIlvanny (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Scottish Literature, Cambridge: CUP 2012; with David Goldie & Alastair Renfrew (eds.), Scotland and the Nineteenth Century World, Amsterdam: Rodopi 2012; (ed.), The Edinburgh Companion to Robert Burns, Edinburgh: EUP 2009; Scottish Literature, A Critical Guide, Edinburgh: EUP 2009. More at

Duncan, Ian, Florence Green Bixby Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has been teaching since 2001. Prior to that he was Barbara and Carlisle Moore Professor of English at the University of Oregon and assistant and associate professor of English at Yale University, where he received his PhD in 1989. His books include Scott's Shadow: The Novel in Romantic Edinburgh, Princeton: Princeton University Press 2007, which won the Saltire Society / National Library of Scotland Research Book of the Year award in 2008; Modern Romance and Transformations of the Novel: The Gothic, Scott, Dickens, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1992; several co-edited volumes, including Scotland and the Borders of Romanticism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2004; The Edinburgh Companion to James Hogg, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2012; editions of Scott's Ivanhoe, Oxford: Oxford University Press 1996; Rob Roy, Oxford: Oxford University Press 1998; James Hogg's Winter Evening Tales, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2002; Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2010. He is a Vice-President of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies, a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a General Editor of the Collected Works of James Hogg, and co-editor of a new book series, Edinburgh Critical Studies in Romanticism. Duncan is currently writing a book about the novel and the 'science of man' from Buffon to Darwin. More at

Eppler, Annegret, post-doctoral researcher and lecturer for comparative politics and European integration at the University of Tübingen and member of the board of the European Centre for Research on Federalism Tübingen. At the moment, she is working on centrifugal and centripetal dynamics in multi-level systems and on the transformation of national and subnational parliaments caused by the European integration. Her publications include: with Gabriele Abels (eds.), Auf dem Weg zum Mehrebenenparlamentarismus? Funktionen von Parlamenten im politischen System der EU, Baden-Baden 2011; with Henrik Scheller (eds.), Zug- und Gegenkräfte im europäischen Integrationsprozess. Ansätze zu einer theoretischen Konzeptionalisierung von Desintegration, Baden-Baden 2013. More at

Fielding, Penny, Chair of the Department of English Literature, University of Edinburgh. Her publications include: "Genre, Geography and the Question of the National Tale: D. P. Campbell's Harley Radington", European Romantic Review 23, 5, 2012, 593-611; (ed.), The Edinburgh Companion to Robert Louis Stevenson, Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press 2010; Scotland and the Fictions of Geography: North Britain 1760-1830, Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press 2008; Writing and Orality: Nationality, Culture, and Nineteenth-Century Scottish Fiction, Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press 1996. More at or

Forsyth, Deirdre, has an LL.B. (Bachelor of Law) from Glasgow University. Following apprenticeship at a firm of Glasgow solicitors; she served as chair of social security appeals tribunals (1980-9), Board's advocate to 'The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board' (1989-1992); with Argyll and Bute Council as area manager for Mid Argyll, Kintyre and Islay (1992-2007). She has been Chair of the Board of Directors of ScotWest since 2008, a member of the board since 2000. Also on the board of Fyne Homes, a housing association and provider of social rented houses (1996-2007); of Fyne Futures, a subsidiary company of Fyne Homes dealing with local renewable and recycling projects (2007 to the present). She has worked in various roles in Scottish elections for the last 20 years and thus has much experience with Scottish local government and as a civil servant employed by the Home Office.

Fraser, Bashabi, is a Professor at the Centre of Literature and Writing (CLAW) at Edinburgh Napier University. Prof. Fraser is also a Royal Literary Fellow, based at the University of Dundee. She was born in West Bengal, India, spent her childhood in London, and studied English in Calcutta and Edinburgh. In her writing and research she explores the links between Britain, particularly Scotland, and India. She is especially interested in the constructions of culture, identity, hybridity, belonging and otherness in a diasporic environment. Professor Fraser won the AIO Award for Literary Services in 2009 and the Women Empowered Award for Art and Culture in Scotland in 2010. Her publications include: Ragas & Reels: Poems and Photographs of Migration and Diaspora, Edinburgh: Luath Press 2012; Scots Beneath the Banyan Tree: Stories from Bengal, Edinburgh: Luath Press 2010; From the Ganga to the Tay, Edinburgh: Luath Press 2009; Bengal Partition Stories: An Unclosed Chapter, London: Anthem Press 2006; Tartan & Turban, Edinburgh: Luath Press 2004. More at or

Hames, Scott, lectures in Scottish literature at the University of Stirling, where he chairs the Centre for Scottish Studies. He edited The Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman, Edinburgh Univ. Press 2009 and Unstated: Writers on Scottish Independence, Word Power Books 2012, and co-edits with Ian Duncan the International Journal of Scottish Literature. He has published widely on contemporary Scottish writing (especially Kelman) and the politics of literary nationalism. More at

Hutchison, David, Research Professor in Media Policy at Glasgow Caledonian University. He is currently working with colleagues on a referendum related book which will have a strong international perspective. He also has two plays scheduled for production this year: at the end of February the Siege Perilous company of Edinburgh will be presenting Too Long The Heart, a thriller set in the context of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, which explores the burden of history. The second play, The Blood is Strong, concerned with where Scotland might be going as it contemplates the prospect of independence, will be presented later in the year at the award-winning Finborough Theatre in London. His publications include: The Modern Scottish Theatre, Glasgow: Molendinar Press 1977; Media Policy, Oxford: Blackwell 1999; with Neil Blain (eds.), The Media in Scotland, Edinburgh: EUP 2008; with Hugh O'Donnell (eds.), Centres and Peripheries: Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Journalism in the Twenty-First Century, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars 2011. More at

Jones, Peter, is a freelance business and economics journalist, writing for The Economist and The Times. He also writes a weekly current affairs column for The Scotsman and is an occasional contributor to Scotland on Sunday. He was previously a staff journalist on The Economist (1995-2005), covering Scotland and the North of England, and Scottish Political Editor of The Scotsman (1987-95).
Peter has co-authored two books: The Road to Home Rule (with Christopher Harvie) (2000), an illustrated political history of the Scottish self-government movement, and Scottish Independence; A Practical Guide (with Jo Murkens and Michael Keating) (2002), a study of the law and economics of Scottish independence. Both were published by Edinburgh University Press. He has also written academic papers for The David Hume Institute, Edinburgh University, and for Scottish Affairs, a quarterly current affairs journal published by the Institute of Governance, Edinburgh University. Peter also makes occasional contributions to radio and TV programmes and has spoken at numerous conferences both in Britain and abroad.

Kane, Pat, is a writer, musician, consultant, player, theorist and activist based in Edinburgh. He edits the blog Thoughtland, a blog of ideas based in Scotland and interested in the country’s future, as well as The Radical Animal: Innovation, Sustainability and Human Nature, a “book-net”, and The Play Ethic, based on his 2004 book of the same title. He is a contributor to the Scottish Broadcasting Commission, co-director of the creative consultancy New Integrity and writes in the Guardian’s “Comment Is Free” blog space. His publications include: The Play Ethic: A Manifesto For a Different Way of Living, London: Pan 2004. More at

Macdonald, Catriona, Reader in Late ModernScottish History at the University of Glasgow. Her research interests in Scottish Studies include interdisciplinary studies of late-modern Scottish society and culture, and she has a current project on Scottish Unionism. Her publications include: with Arnott, M., "More than a name: the Union in Conservative rhetoric and policy", in: D. Torrance (ed.), The Scottish Conservative Party: From Unionist Scotland to Political Wilderness, Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press 2013, (in press); "Touching memories: Scotland since 1914", in: Edward Cohen (ed.), Why Scottish History Matters, Edinburgh: Saltire Society 2013 (in press); "Their laurels wither'd and their name forgot': women and the Scottish radical tradition", in: E.J. Cowan / R.J. Finlay (eds.), Scottish History, the Power of the Past, Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press 2002, 225-252. More at

 Manning, Susan, was the Grierson Professor of English Literature at Edinburgh University, the Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Her publications include: with Thomas Ahnert (eds.), Character, Self and Sociability in the Scottish Enlightenment, London: Palgrave Macmillan 2011; with Eve Tavor Bannet (eds.), Transatlantic Literary Studies, 1680-1820: An Introduction, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2011; with Frank Cogliano (eds.), The Atlantic Enlightenment, London: Ashgate 2008; with Peter France (eds.), Enlightenment and Emancipation, Lewisburg, Pa.: Bucknell 2007. More at,, or Susan died totally unexpectedly on 15 January 2013. When Professor Müller met her last September to speak with her about the plans for this conference, she found the idea exciting and made many helpful suggestions. That she now cannot be present is a terrible loss for all of us. She will be with us in our thoughts, though, and this short text is just a humble way of commemorating her.

Martin-Jones, David, Professor of Film Studies, University of Glasgow. His research engages with world cinemas, including filmmaking in small nations like Scotland. His publications include Deleuze and World Cinemas , London: Continuum 2011; with Dina Iordanova & Belén Vidal (eds.), Cinema at the Periphery, Detroit: Wayne State University Press 2010; Scotland: Global Cinema, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2009. More at

McCulloch, Margery Palmer, Honorary Senior Research Fellow (Scottish Literature) at the School of Critical Studies, Glasgow University. Co-editor of the Scottish Literary Review and interested in modern Scottish literature. Her publications include: with Emma Dymock (eds.), Scottish and International Modernisms: Relationships and Reconfigurations, Glasgow: Association for Scottish Literary Studies 2011; with Scott Lyall (eds.), Edinburgh Companion to Hugh MacDiarmid, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2011; Scottish Modernism and its Contexts 1918-1959, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2009; Modernism and Nationalism: Source Documents for the Scottish Renaissance, Glasgow: Association for Scottish Literary Studies 2004. More at

McHarg, Aileen, Professor of Public Law, School of Law, University of Strathclyde. She has published widely on United Kingdom and Scottish public law. As a founding member of the Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum ( and a member of the Law Society of Scotland's Constitutional Law sub-committee, the implications of Scottish independence or further devolution, both for Scotland's internal governance and its external relations, form a major focus of her current work. Her publications include: "Scots law in the changing constitution: the impact of devolution and human rights legislation", in: Mark A. Mulhern (ed.), Scottish Life and Society: A Compendium of Scottish Ethnology: The Law, Edinburgh: John Donald 2012, 231-248; "Devolution and the Regulatory State: Constraints and Opportunities", in: Dawn Oliver / Tony Prosser / Richard Rawlings (eds.), The Regulatory State: Constitutional Implications, Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press 2011, 67-91; et al. (eds.), Property and the law in energy and natural resources, Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press 2010; with Tom Mullen (eds.), Public Law in Scotland, Edinburgh: Avizandum 2006. More at

Mergenthal, Silvia, has been Professor of English and Literary Theory at the University of Konstanz since 1997. She has published extensively on Scottish literature, most recently on Hogg, Gender, and Sexuality, on the German and Swiss reception of Burns, and on Scott's The Talisman (for bibliographical details see below). She also convened, jointly with Sigrid Rieuwerts, a Scottish Studies panel at the 2010 Anglistentag. Her publications include: "Hogg, Gender, and Sexuality", in: Ian Duncan (ed.), The Edinburgh Companion to James Hogg, Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press 2012, 82-89; "Burns and European Identities", in: Murray Pittock (ed.), Robert Burns in Global Culture, Lewisburg [Penn.]: Bucknell University Press 2011, 63-72; "'An Imaginary line drawn through waste and wilderness': Scott's The Talisman", in: Christoph Bode (ed.), Romantic localities: Europe writes place, London: Pickering & Chatto 2010, 209-220. More at

Mooney, Gerry, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Criminology, Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University. His publications include: with Gill Scott (eds.), Social Justice and Social Policy in Scotland, Bristol: Policy Press 2012; with Lynn Hancock & Sarah Neal, "Crisis social policy and the resilience of the concept of community", Critical Social Policy, 32, 3, 2012, 343-364; with Hazel Croall & Mary Munro (eds), Criminal Justice in Scotland, Cullompton: Willan Publishing 2010. More at

Morton, Graeme, is Professor of Modern History at the University of Dundee. Previously he was the inaugural Scottish Studies Foundation Chair at the University of Guelph in Canada and Senior Lecturer in Economic and Social History at the University of Edinburgh. Working within a long standing focus on national identity, his research interests range from the Scottish Diaspora to the legacy of William Wallace. His recent publications include Ourselves and Others: Scotland, 1832-1914, Edinburgh: EUP 2012 and A History of Everyday Life in Scotland, 1800 to 1900, Edinburgh: EUP 2010. More at

Mulholland, Neil, Professor of Contemporary Art Practice and Theory, Director of Masters in Contemporary Art, Associate Head of the School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh University. His publications include: "The Challenge of Cultural Self-Determination", in: Gerry Hassan / Rosie Ilett (eds.), Radical Scotland: Arguments for Scottish Self-Determination, Edinburgh: Luath Press 2011, xx; "Reel 2 Real Cacophony: Twenty First Century United Artists' Pictures", in: J. Murray / F. Farley / R. Stoneman (eds.), Scottish Cinema Now, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2009, 20-38; "The cultural economy", Renewal: a Journal of Labour Politics, 16, 2, 2008, 35-44. More at;;; or

Murray, Jonathan, Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh University, has published widely on Scottish and British Cinemas. His publications include: with Fidelma Farley & Rod Stoneman (eds.), Scottish Cinema Now, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press 2009; Discomfort and Joy: the Cinema of Bill Forsyth, Frankfurt: Lang 2011; The New Scottish Cinema, London: Tauris 2013. Since 2008, he has been a Contributing Writer to Cineaste magazine. More at

Nettesheim, Martin, Professor of Law at the University of Tübingen, with a particular focus on German constitutional and administrative law, European Community law, and international law. His publications deal with highly significant and topical legal aspects of the European integration: "Der Umbau der europäischen Währungsunion: politische Aktion und rechtliche Grenzen", in: Stefan Kadelbach (ed.), Nach der Finanzkrise: Rechtliche Rahmenbedingungen einer neuen Ordnung, Baden-Baden: Nomos 2012, 29ff (, for instance, is about the necessary changes in the European monetary union and the legal limits to political activities; "Wo endet das Grundgesetz? Verfassungsgebung als grenzüberschreitender Prozess", Der Staat 51, 3, 2012 ( deals with the challenges of the European integration to the German constitution; "'Integrationsverantwortung'. Verfassungsrechtliche Verklammerung politischer Räume", in: Matthias Pechstein (ed.), Integrationsverantwortung, Baden-Baden: Nomos 2012, 11-52, covers the need for responsible integration in the process of creating constitutional links between political units ( The text describes European integration in connection with different systems of federalism. These differences determine the various relationships between political power and competence, legitimacy, and the constitutional setting. These texts can be read on the websites given. More at or

Pittock, Murray, is Bradley Professor of English Literature at the University of Glasgow. He is best known for his work in redefining the literary and cultural history of the British eighteenth century in national terms. He is also a commentator on the contemporary political scene: The Road to Independence? (2008) was translated into Catalan in the same year and launched at Valencia and at Barcelona by Alex Salmond. Murray has held visiting appointments at Yale, Trinity College, Dublin, Charles University Prague and other institutions, and is a prizewinner of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His books are set in upper level or graduate seminars in twenty countries, and he has appeared as a commentator in the media of the UK, US, Australia, Austria, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Norway and Spain. Recent work includes "Scottish Sovereignty and the Union – Then and Now", National Identities 14, 1, 2012, 11-21; '"To see ourselves as others see us': the Scot in English eyes since 1707", European Journal of English Studies 13, 3, 2009, 293-304; "What is a National Culture?", Litteraria Pragensia 19, 38, 2010, 30-47. More at

Rieuwerts, Sigrid, Privatdozentin in the English Department of Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz and President of the Society for Scottish Studies in Europe with various research projects on Scotland. Her publications include: "The Voice of the Scottish Muse on the Shores of the Frozen Baltic: Robert Jamieson, Sir Walter Scott and Riga", in: D. Bula / S. Rieuwerts (eds.), Singing the Nations: Herder's Legacy, Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier 2007, 47-56; Kulturnarratologie – Die Geschichte einer Geschichte, Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier 2006; History and Drama: Essays in Honour of Bernhard Reitz, Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier 2006; with Helga Stein, Bridging the Cultural Divide: Our Common Ballad Heritage — Kulturelle Brücken: Gemeinsame Balladentradition, Hildesheim: Olms 2000. More at;; or

Rodger, Johnny, Reader in Urban Literature at the Glasgow School of Art; since 2001 editor of the quarterly magazine The Drouth (, Scotland's quarterly literary arts journal created at the Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts. His publications include five books of fiction and with Mitch Miller, The Red Cockatoo: James Kelman and the Art of Commitment, Dingwall: Sandstone Press 2011; with Mitch Miller & Owen Dudley Edwards, Tartan Pimps: Gordon Brown, Margaret Thatcher and the New Scotland, Argyll: Argyll Publ. 2010; with Gerard Carruthers, Fickle Man: Robert Burns in the 21st Century, Dingwall: Sandstone Press 2009. More at

Rogge, Jörg, works in the Institute of Medieval Studies in the Department of History of Mainz University. His main areas of research include the medieval history of England and Scotland, the methodology and theory of history, and cultural history. He is the spokesman of the research centre "Historische Kulturwissenschaften" (Historical Cultural Studies) of Mainz University (, a board member of the International Society for Cultural History, a member of the editorial board of Cultural History. Journal of the International Society for Cultural History. His publications include: "Kämpfen, Verhandeln, Verträge schließen. Zu den Praktiken der Konfliktführung und Konfliktbewältigung in den englisch-schottischen Auseinandersetzungen um 1300", in: Roman Czaja et al. (eds.), Konfliktbewältigung und Friedensstiftung im Mittelalter, Torun: Nicolaus Copernicus Univ. Press 2012, 101-116; "Traditions, Topics and Trends in Cultural History in Europe – an Introduction", in: Rogge (ed.), Cultural History in Europe, Bielefeld: Transcript 2011, 11-29; "Abgesetzte Könige, abgeschlagene Köpfe. Gewalt in den Konflikten zwischen Königen und Hochadel im spätmittelalterlichen England", Das Mittelalter 12, 2007, 26-36. More at

Sandrock, Kirsten, is Assistant Professor in the department of English Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Göttingen, Germany. She studied at the Universities of Newcastle and Marburg, from where she received her doctorate in June 2008. Her latest publications include the monograph Gender and Region: Maritime Fiction in English by Canadian Women, 1976-2005, Augsburg: Wißner 2009, as well as the articles "The Quest for Authenticity: History and Class in Ian Rankin's Rebus Novels", Scottish Literary Review 3.1 2011, 153-167; "Melancholia in the South Pacific: The Strange Case of Robert Louis Stevenson's Travel Writing", in: Martin Middeke / Christina Wald (eds.), The Literature of Melancholia: Early Modern to Postmodern, Houndmills: Palgrave 2011, 147-159; "Rethinking the Region in Canadian Postcolonial Studies" (Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 31.2, 2011: 78-92). More at

Schröder, Miriam, research assistant and lecturer at the University of Mainz in the English Department of its Germersheim Faculty. She studied English, Media and Communication Studies and Economics in Mainz and Aberdeen and got her Master's degree in 2006 with a thesis on Imagining the Nation: Representations of Scottish Identity in Twentieth-Century Literature. She is currently completing a PhD on 'Representations of Scottish Identity in the Scottish Press', investigating the various ways in which they are constructed and their connections with received social, cultural, and historic knowledge. In 2012, she was awarded the Saltire Scholarship for Scottish Literature, funded by the Scottish Government and the universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Dundee, St. Andrews and Aberdeen, for a three-week study period and participation in the Summer School in Edinburgh. She is part of the staff running the Scottish Studies Centre in Germersheim and involved in putting together the Scottish Studies Newsletter, the bi-annual publication of this Centre. More at

Scott, Gill, Emeritus Professor of Social Inclusion and Equality in the School of Law and Social Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University. Former director of the 'Scottish Poverty Information Unit' (SPIU). Adviser to Scottish Government 2003-6. Lead Expert for URBACT European network Women, Employment and Enterprise 2008-11. Her publications include: with Gerard Mooney (eds.), Social Justice and Social Policy in Scotland, Bristol: Policy Press 2012; "Gender, poverty and wealth", in: Tess Ridge / Sharon Wright (eds.), Understanding Inequality, Poverty and Wealth, Bristol: Policy Press 2008, 135-154; with Gerard Mooney (eds.), Exploring Social Policy in the 'New' Scotland, Bristol: Policy Press 2005. More at

Sturm, Roland, holds the chair of political science at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg and has contributed to research on Britain for more than thirty years. He has published for example on Scottish and Welsh nationalism, Devolution, the Northern Ireland conflict, on economic policy-making, Thatcherism, New Labour's Third Way and the British political system. His publications include: (ed.), Politik in Großbritannien, Wiesbaden: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 2009; with Hans Kastendiek (eds.), Länderbericht Großbritannien, Bonn: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung 3rd ed. 2007; Großbritannien: Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft, Politik, Opladen: Leske und Budrich 2nd ed. 1997; Thatcherismus - Eine Bilanz nach zehn Jahren, Bochum, 2nd ed. 1991; Nationalismus in Schottland und Wales, Bochum: Brockmeyer 1981. More at

Welsh, Louise, is an award-winning Scottish fiction writer. Born in London, she studied history in Glasgow, where she currently lives and works. She was writer in residence at the University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art 2010-2012. Her first novel, The Cutting Room, won several awards, including the 2002 Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Memorial Dagger and the 2004 Corine Internationaler Buchpreis: Rolf Heyne Debütpreis (Germany), and was jointly awarded the 2002 Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award. She was granted a Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Award in 2003 as well as a Scotland on Sunday/Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award and a Stonewall Book Award (US) in 2004. Louise Welsh is a regular radio broadcaster and contributes articles and reviews to most of the British broadsheets. Her literary work includes crime novels, a great number of short stories, two plays and an opera libretto. Her novels are: The Girl on the Stairs, London: John Murray 2012; Naming the Bones, Edinburgh: Canongate 2010; The Bullet Trick, Edinburgh: Canongate 2006; Tamburlaine Must Die, Edinburgh: Canongate 2004; The Cutting Room, Edinburgh: Canongate 2002. More at