Third World Congress, Prague 2020postponed until 2022

Update: February 2021

The Executive Committee of IASSL has voted to postpone the Third World Congress of Scottish Literatures, to be held in Prague, until late June 2022. This was a difficult decision to make. Covid cases remain high across the world and the possibility of summer travel is still extremely uncertain. Concerns about health, safety, and the feasibility of travel render an in-person Congress impossible. It would be possible to put the World Congress entirely online, but because this is a large conference with participants located across the world, working around time differences would entail the use of pre-recorded video presentations and sessions along with live ones. The World Congress is intended to facilitate encounter and exchange by bringing together scholars from different parts of the world, and we would like to remain faithful to this principle. The Executive Committee are deeply disappointed that it is necessary to postpone the Prague Congress again, but we are planning some smaller online seminars to tide us over until we can meet in person. Stay tuned for further details!

Here are some dates to keep in mind:

  • 1 February 2021 – 30 November 2021 – confirmation of submitted abstracts, submission of new or modified abstracts

  • 31 December 2021 – announcement of acceptance/refusal of modified or new abstracts

  • 1 February 2022 – “early bird” registration begins (we hope that it will be possible by this date to guarantee that the in-presence Congress will not be cancelled because of Covid)

  • 30 April 2022 – end of “early bird” registration

  • 22-26 June 2022 – the Congress will take place! (fingers crossed)

For further information, please see the conference website.

Call for Papers: deadline extended to 30 November 2021

The venue of the Congress is renowned for its rich history shaped by numerous influences of minority cultures as well as by the more than three centuries of the supremacy of the multinational Austrian Empire. The Congress’s main theme, “Transnationalism and Minor Cultures”, invokes the crucial importance of transcultural communication, migration and social interconnectivity for the development of Scottish literatures. It also points out the significance of internal diversity and hybridity on the shaping of Scottish, European and global literary contexts and cultural awareness.

We propose to discuss the main theme in two interrelated, contextual and functional perspectives:

1. The Transnational Contexts of Scottish Literatures: Empires, “Imagined Communities”, Social, Economic and Cultural Exchanges


2. The Importance of Celtic Literatures and Cultures for the Internal Dynamic and Transnational Functioning of Scottish Literatures

The Steering Committee welcomes proposals for papers that explore these or any of the following themes in relation to Scotland’s literatures in any language:

  • Scottish Literatures and Celtic Cultures

  • Zones of Contact

  • Imaginary Origins and Affinities – Pan-Celticism, Pan-Germanism, Pan-Slavism

  • Imperial Routes and Connections

  • Scottish Literatures and International Tourism

  • Circulation of Scottish Cultural Icons

  • The Role of Translations and Adaptations

  • Reception and Cultural Interchange: Scotland in Europe and the Globalized World

  • Reception and Cultural Interchange: Recent Immigrant Communities/Voices

  • “Becoming Minoritarian”: Avant-Gardes and Alternative Cultures

  • Transnationalism, Minor Literatures and Canonicity

  • Transnationalism, Minor Cultures and Pedagogy

  • Transnationalism and Minor Cultures: New Methodologies and New Media


Proposals for pre-organized panels on these themes are welcome, and should be submitted with a list of agreed participants and their abstracts and affiliations, by the deadline for proposal submissions. In keeping with the Congress’s focus on dialogue and in order to maximize discussion and participation, panel organizers are encouraged to explore alternatives to the traditional format of three to four papers, such as workshops or roundtables.

We extend a special welcome to graduate and postgraduate students, who may either submit proposals for traditional papers or (if they do not feel ready for a full paper yet) for presenting their project in the form of a poster or multimedia presentation (incl. slide-supported talks, videos, short films etc.) in an informal ‘work in progress’ section where they can gain feedback from other scholars present. PhD students are also invited to attend an informal get together and networking event on the first day of the Congress.


Please note that in the interest of involving as many people as possible, participants are kindly asked to present only one paper at the Congress; however, they may also take part in a roundtable as a speaker or a discussant. Papers in English, Scots and Gaelic are welcome, however, the Congress is unable to provide translation services.

The deadline for ALL proposal submissions is 30 November 2021.

Please send 200-word proposals for papers, posters and presentations to the Congress Secretary, Petra Johana Poncarová (PetraJohana.Poncarova [at]

All participants must be members of the International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures (IASSL) at the time of the Congress (please contact scotlit-iassl [at] for further details).