Call For Papers

The Production and Dissemination of Knowledge in Scotland: Invariance and Specificity

This conference will address the subject of the production and dissemination of all types of knowledge in Scotland through the ages. Education has traditionally been an area in which Scottish distinctiveness has been cherished and asserted and indeed for roughly three hundred years from the end of the sixteenth century, the Scottish population was probably the best educated in the world. The history of the national system of education is thus understandably a source of much pride and, it has to be said, the object of a certain amount of mythologisation. This conference will provide an opportunity to tease out the part of truth and that of myth in the idea that education in Scotland has always been democratic and egalitarian; that it is based on a broad curriculum providing opportunities for advancement through hard work irrespective of social status or wealth. The “democratic intellect” defended and encouraged in Scottish universities through their emphasis on useful knowledge and accessibility to all classes of society and then supposedly lost through the process of anglicisation might similarly be investigated. The conference will also be an opportunity to examine the part education, research and knowledge transfer (in the areas of science, medicine, law etc.) plays in contemporary Scottish society and is accorded in the policies of the Scottish Government.

We would particularly welcome proposals for papers on invariance and specificity in any of the following areas:

  • The history of education and learning in Scotland.
  • The discourse of knowledge transfer in Scotland.
  • Scottish Government education policy and its impact on Scottish society.
  • Modes of knowledge transfer between Scotland and the rest of the world.
  • Democratic intellectualism and the circulation of knowledge within Scotland.
  • The production of knowledge by the professions in Scotland.
  • Representations of teaching and learning in Scottish literature.
  • The relationship between knowledge and the arts in Scotland.
  • Scotland as a knowledge-based economy.
  • Popular knowledge and its dissemination in Scotland.
  • The influence of the Scottish Enlightenment.
  • Women and the transmission of knowledge in Scotland.
  • Literature and learning in Scottish schools.
  • The rise of the “expert” in Scottish society.
  • The Scottish child and learning/learning through play.

Proposals for 20-minute papers should be sent by email to
Please include the following information:

• the full title of your paper;
• a 200 word abstract of your paper;
• your name, postal address and e-mail address;
• your institutional affiliation;
• a short bionote.
Deadline for proposals: 15th May 2014
Notification of acceptance: before 31st May 2014

Download the CFP as a pdf: SFEE2014 CFP