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Join a panel of playwrights, journalists and researchers from around the UK and Ireland to explore a host of radical ideas, controversial proposals and comedic satires on the twin themes of nation and identity.

We will dig under the skin of nationalist movements, seeking to understand their emotional and psychological roots, and think together about how we build new communities in a connected digital world.

The debate around Scotland’s independence is often presented as a simple binary: Yes vs. No, Nationalism vs. Unionism. This event digs deeper, presenting stories from the past, present and future that lay out diverse visions of what a nation can be and how a people or peoples can be formed.

We will bring together a diverse group of experts in nationalism and identity for an in-person discussion accessible to the general public (15+).

This event is part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2022.


Prof. Lesley McAra, Director of IASH at the University of Edinburgh

Mr Oisín Kearney, playwright

Dr Rory Scothorne, IASH Fellow in social and political thought

Dr Annie Webster, IASH Fellow in refugee studies

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