Monday 8th September 2014

5:15pm – 6:45pm, The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, 2 Hope Park Square

IASH ‘Pop-up’ Forum:

“Scotland’s Independence Debate and Fear: A Roundtable”

Through the IASH ‘pop-up’ Forum we offer a platform for conversations on pressing contemporary issues, whether in the domestic or the international sphere. In this third event, we will look at the fears, real and imagined, surrounding the debate on Scottish independence. At a public level, both sides have expressed fears about the consequences of the vote; in the business world, there are widespread fears about economic instability, and capital flight. And at a private level, many people have fears about how the debate might affect interpersonal and family relations. Fears condition much of the debate, and yet we rarely talk about them directly. They may be irrational, or primitive, but they are powerful forces that should be better understood and cannot simply be dismissed. This panel brings together people with special interests in cultures of fear, who are not afraid to link the personal to the political, to offer a highly original take on the independence question in the last few days before the vote.

To register, please email [email protected]

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Forthcoming events
Subject: MacCormick Seminar – 10 Sept
From: EVENTS Law <[email protected]>

Wed 10 Sept – 2:00pm – 4:00pm
MacCormick Seminar
International Legal Issues arising from the Scottish Independence Referendum
Prof David Wang (Chinese Culture University, Taiwan)
Neil MacCormick Room
All welcome



Subject: Collaborative Scotland – Day of Dialogue – 4 September
From: charlie woods []

John Sturrock is organising a ‘Day of Dialogue’, on 4 September, aimed at helping people to reflect on how to handle the lead up to the referendum and look ahead to the period afterwards with reconciliation in mind. The event is free and open to all and will be held in the Grassmarket Community Centre in Edinburgh – more details can be found here

This is part of the Collaborative Scotland initiative, which I have been involved in ( This seeks to encourage respectful, productive dialogue focused on shared interests – notwithstanding differences in positions about how these interests might best be achieved. How we behave, the tone we set, the language we use, the respect we pay to others, the extent to which we really listen and the attitude we display towards those who appear to disagree with us could have a significant influence on how we live and work together afterwards.