Transforming Politics in Spain – Call for contributions


Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool, UK

7th June 2016

Workshop supported by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies, Aberystwyth University and the University of Liverpool

Organisers: Dr. Anwen Elias (Aberystwyth University) and Prof. Richard Gillespie (Liverpool University)

The workshop aims to examine the transformation of local, regional and state-wide politics in Spain in recent years, which has seen many established political parties lose electoral support and government office and the growth of new and previously marginal political actors advocating a radically different way of doing and talking about politics. Scholars interested in contributing to the workshop should submit a 200 word abstract to Dr. Anwen Elias ( and Prof. Richard Gillespie ( by Monday 25th April 2016.

For full details, please download the Call for contributions

New Scottish Research Network on Contested Identities

GlasgowA new project on ‘Contested Identities’ has been launched in Scotland to bring together researchers who work on Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Basque Country, Catalonia and Galicia. Funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the RSEproject is led by Professor Kathryn Crameri, Chair of Hispanic Studies at the University of Glasgow.

Expressions of interest from researchers based in Scotland are invited for the first workshop which will take place on Friday 15 April at the University of Glasgow.

Contributions are welcome from any area of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, including Anthropology, Cultural and Media Studies, Film and TV, Heritage and Museums, History, Literature and Theatre, Politics, Psychology, Sociolinguistics and Sociology.

The purpose of the network is to create genuine dialogue and collaboration resulting in an edited volume and/or special journal issue, and further grant applications. The RSE funding covers two years of workshops and events, including a final public event in conjunction with Beyond Borders Scotland.

Areas the network might address include:

Identity – belonging – affect – sameness and difference – images and narratives of the nation – performance – transnational relationships – globalisation – traditional and new media – cultural production – the ‘small nation’ – cultural diplomacy – culture and politics – independence movements – history and memory – language.

For further details, please download the Call for Participation or visit

Contact: Kathryn Crameri (

Call for Papers – Nationalisms in Europe

2nd Workshop on the Dynamics of Nationalist Evolution in Contemporary Europe

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

‘Sovereignty Formulas between Autonomy and Independence: Towards a Reconfiguration of Europe?’

Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool, 14-15 May 2015 (provisional)


This workshop aims to bring together academic experts and policy practitioners to examine proposals presented by nationalist parties aimed at attaining degrees of political or fiscal sovereignty for the territories in which their national communities are based. It will consider the drivers behind such proposals and consider whether there is scope for accommodating further enhancements of autonomy and home rule within member state and EU contexts. Are these nationalist-led processes (and contemporaneous wider regional assertiveness) the first steps towards a reconfiguration of Europe?

The holding of a referendum on independence in Scotland and attempts to hold one in Catalonia, together with earlier moves by Basque nationalists advocating a ‘right to decide’, make the UK and Spain key international reference points for proposals ranging from ‘Devo-max’ to ‘co-sovereignty’. The workshop will focus mainly on the agendas of Scottish, Basque and Catalan parties but we also welcome comparative and European-centred studies and other case studies that have had European resonance.

Over-arching questions also include:

  • To what extent are the challenges to existing state structures attributable to nationalism, as opposed to other less identity-based drivers?
  • Are demands for fiscal sovereignty easier to accommodate than those for political forms of sovereignty?
  • Are nationalist demands for partial or co-sovereignty realisable in an interdependent Europe?
  • What are the prospects of negotiation and compromise between political forces engaged in referendum confrontations?
  • Is there a prospect of decentralising demands leading to stable new governance structures in Europe, or are interests and agendas so incompatible that even the attempt to negotiate territorial reform might actually fuel fragmentation in the medium-to-longer term?

We welcome proposals by email to both organisers (below) consisting of brief CV (one page maximum) and abstract (300 words).

Deadline: 30 September 2014

Richard Gillespie

Caroline Gray     

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Project Outline and Call for Proposals

Welcome to the Nationalisms in Spain blog. This site has been designed to provide information about the ESRC-funded research project on ‘The Dynamics of Nationalist Evolution in Contemporary Spain’ directed by Professor Richard Gillespie (University of Liverpool). As part of the project, a first workshop on ‘Nationalisms in Spain’ will be held in late September 2014 and proposals for papers are welcome, deadline 4 October 2013. Please see the following document for details of the project, workshop and call:

Nationalisms in Spain. Project Outline and Call for Proposals

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