The Coastal Scots Symposium 2020 is a collaboration between the Hugh Campbell and Marion Alice Small Faculty Fellow in Scottish Studies at the University of Victoria, the Centre for Scottish Studies at Simon Fraser University, and the Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Communities at Saint Mary’s University.

Twinned symposia in 2020 will explore the the lives and experiences of Scottish peoples in the coastal regions of Britain and North America, underlining the ways in which the physical environments and cultural geographies (Indigenous and colonial) of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts shaped the history of Scottish communities over the past three hundred years.

The Victoria Symposium

29 February 2020 at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Victoria, BC

For details, please see the Programme on this site.

For more information, please contact Peter Cook, Department of History, University of Victoria.

The Inverness Symposium

19-20 June 2020 at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts, Inverness, NS

The June symposium will feature stories of place: join academics and local experts for a series of talks about Cape Breton, Unama’ki and the peoples who have made their marks on the land.

Join us on Friday June 19th for a series of talks at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts on the west coast of beautiful Cape Breton. Set in an area beloved by locals and visitors alike, the centre is one of the region’s artistic hubs. The panels and discussions from regional experts, locals and emerging scholars will bring Scottish Nova Scotia to life, with topics ranging from local folk songs to histories of names, and the ties between Cape Breton and historic Scotland.

Saturday June 20th will open your eyes to the community, as symposium attendees are invited to join us for local events including a medicine walk with a guide from the We’koqma’q First Nation and an evening ceilidh.

For more information, please contact Hilary Doda, Saint Mary’s University.