In September Scottish voters will decide whether to declare political independence. If they decide in favor of independence, it will end more than three centuries of union with England and will create a new nation-state in northwestern Europe. Advocates for Scottish independence have the delicate task of stating the case for a unique ‘Scottish’ national identity, while at the same time reassuring Scots that political independence will not change certain cultural and economic aspects of the British connection. George Christian discusses changing conceptions of the Scottish nation, ways in which Scots have imagined their multiple identities, and what history might tell us about Scotland’s future.
George Christian is a Plan II graduate of UT, where he also earned his law degree, M.A. in English, and Ph.D. in English. A longtime member and Junior Fellow of British Studies, he is graduating this spring with a doctorate from the UT Department of History.
Friday, May 2, 2014 at 2:45pm to 4:30pm
Harry Ransom Center (HRC), 3.206
300 21ST ST W, Austin, Texas 78705