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Connecting with a low-carbon Scotland

Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Network - Connecting with a low-carbon Scotland

The network is funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh under its Research Network in the Arts and Humanities award scheme.  It involves humanities scholars from the universities of Stirling, Warwick, Durham, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Strathclyde, Dundee, Queen Mary University of London, Dublin City, Exeter and the Open University, as well as Creative Scotland, the Crichton Carbon Centre and Creative Carbon Scotland.

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The network objectives are:

  • to establish an interdisciplinary research network between humanities scholars on the development of a low-carbon society in Scotland;
  • to develop public knowledge and understanding of the move to a low-carbon society as a cultural happening in Scotland and to engage with Scottish cultural institutions and relevant non-academic actors in Scottish civil society;
  • to organise an interdisciplinary academic conference and free public engagement events to facilitate knowledge exchange about how cultural production and representations in Scotland can help facilitate Scotland’s transition to a low-carbon society;
  • to publish a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary research monograph exploring how moving to a low-carbon society is presented as a cultural phenomenon in Scotland in powerful narratives – literature and theatre, law, politics, history, visual arts and media; and
  • to formulate a major proposal for AHRC research grant funding to develop the network and themes further.

For further information, download RSE Research Network - Connecting with a low-carbon Scotland. If you are interested in finding out more about the network or participating in it, please contact Professor Gavin Little at

Call for Papers / Register for Conference: Connecting with a low-carbon future – the challenges for the arts and humanities

This conference is being hosted by the Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy on 19-20 April 2017 at the University of Stirling. Download details here: Connecting with a low-carbon future conference.

The conference will discuss key issues in the transition to low-carbon societies. The dominant disciplines in the field so far have been the STEM subjects and social sciences such as economics and psychology. But there is growing recognition that moving successfully towards a low-carbon future requires fundamental social and cultural change. In this context, arts and humanities disciplines have distinctive and potentially powerful contributions to make. Working together, they can develop understanding of the key socio-cultural influences which affect peoples’ perceptions of the challenges involved in moving to a low-carbon future, and of how to connect with them more effectively.

The conference therefore has panels for literature and theatre; law and politics; visual arts and media; and history and philosophy. The challenges to be discussed include, but are not limited to:

  • identifying barriers to achieving low-carbon transitions, and how they can be addressed;
  • achieving ethically just low-carbon transitions; and
  • understanding and influencing political power.

In addition, drawing on the work of the Royal Society of Edinburgh network and the conference panels, there will be the opportunity to contribute to the development of interdisciplinary narratives across the arts and humanities in a roundtable discussion.

Keynote speakers

We have three distinguished keynote speakers, who are experts in their own fields, interdisciplinary scholars, and members of the Royal Society of Edinburgh network:

Professor Elizabeth Bomberg, Professor of Environmental Politics, University of Edinburgh;

Professor Colin Reid, Professor of Environmental Law, University of Dundee; and

Professor Janet Stewart, Professor in Visual Culture, University of Durham.

Presenting a paper

If you would like to present a paper, please send a short abstract of up to 250 words to by 24 March 2017. It is possible that conference presentations may be published in an edited monograph collection of essays of 6000 – 8000 words. If you are interested in this, please contact Professor Gavin Little at by 1 February 2017.

Charges, options and registration

Full conference: £70

First day option: £35

Second day option: £35

Concession (PhD Students): £25 (£12.50 per day)

Conference dinner (19 April – please note that numbers are limited, so book early): £25 (not including drinks)


Accomodation: please note that accommodation is not provided as part of the conference fee. There are, however, hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs close to the University campus in Bridge of Allan, Stirling and Dunblane. For contact and booking details, see: and

Provisional programme

19th April 

09.30 -11.00 - Registration (Tea, coffee and biscuits provided from 10.30 - 11.00)

11.15 - 12.30 - Keynote speaker – Professor Janet Stewart.

12.30 -13.30 - Buffet lunch.

13.30 - 15.30 - First panel sessions for:

- Law and Politics;

- Philosophy and History;

- Literature and Theatre;

- Visual arts and Media.

(There will be four 30 minute presentation/discussion sessions per panel.)

15.30 - 16.00 - Tea, coffee and biscuits in break out space.

16.00 - 17.15 - Keynote speaker – Professor Colin Reid.

18.00 - Drinks reception followed by conference dinner (19.30 at Bologna Restaurant, Bridge of Allan).

20th April

09.30 - 11.00  - Second panel sessions for:

- Law and Politics;

- Philosophy and History;

- Literature and Theatre;

- Visual arts and Media.

(There will be three 30 minute presentation/discussion sessions per panel.)

11.00 - 11.30 - tea, coffee and biscuits.

11.30 - 12.45 - Keynote speaker – Professor Elizabeth Bomberg.

13.00 - 14.00 - Buffet lunch.

14.00 – 15.15 - Roundtable discussion on developing humanities-based interdisciplinary perspectives on low-carbon transition (Convenor Professor Gavin Little, University of Stirling).

15.15 – Conference end.

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