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Orkney 2018



The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE-UKI) Postgraduate Conference will be held in Orkney in September 2018 in conjunction with the Orkney International Science Festival.

The Conference will run from Wednesday 5 to Friday 7 September, and will include outings to see at first hand some of Orkney’s landscape and marine renewable energy developments.

Several of the Conference events will be collaborations with the Science Festival and for those who wish to stay on and see some more of the Festival events, and more of the sights of Orkney, there will be opportunities to make additional arrangements.

There is also an opportunity for two people, one aged 26 or under, to give a lecture and have their travel and accommodation costs covered. This lecture competition is part of the Year of Young People in Scotland in 2018.

More information about the Conference will be posted here regularly in the weeks and months ahead.

Registration is now open! 

IMPORTANT NEWS - funding opportunity!

Arts and Humanities Doctoral Researchers registered at SGSAH member institutions may claim expenses for travel and accommodation for attendance.

Please contact SGSAH directly by emailing admin@sgsah.ac.uk

Sunrise at the Comet stone in Orkney - image by Neil Ford www.neilford.net

”The wind is rarely still. It shifts from airt to airt, and everything – flowers, clouds, birds, animals, boats – are caught up in the invisible stream. In late summer afternoons the wind goes through the corn in deep resonant surges, but the evenings are marvellously tranquil, except for a broken thunder all along the west coast of Orkney – Noup, The Brough, Marwick, Yesnaby, Black Craig, Rora; the Atlantic glutting itself among the caves and rock-stacks. The sea remembers, like an ancient harp.”

– George Mackay Brown, An Orkney Tapestry (1969)


Keynote Speakers

Dr David Borthwick

Dr Laura Watts

Alec Finlay

Dr Gareth Davies

Rachel Dowse


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