IRC Symposium 2019


The IRC Symposium 2019 took place on Wednesday, 13 March, when we discussed intercultural perspectives on Scotland in the light of Brexit. Our keynote speaker was Tuuli Lähdesmäki (PhD, DSocSc), an Adjunct Professor working in the Department of Music, Arts and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä (JYU), Finland. 

Dr Lähdesmäki's recent research interests and publications focus on EU policies, cultural memory and strategies of interpreting the past, identity and identity politics, cultural heritage, and populism. Lähdesmäki currently leads two research projects: ‘European Cultural Heritage in the Making: Politics, Affects and Agency’ (EUCHE), funded by the Academy of Finland, and ‘Legitimation of European Cultural Heritage and the Dynamics of Identity Politics in the EU’ (EUROHERIT), funded by the European Research Council. She is also leading JYU’s consortium partnership in a project on ‘Dialogue and Argumentation for cultural Literacy Learning in Schools’ (DIALLS), funded from the EU’s H2020 Programme. In addition, she is one of the three leaders in JYU’s research profiling area ‘Crises Redefined: Historical Continuity and Societal Change’ (CRISES).

PROGRAMME - IRC Symposium 2019

Wednesday 13th March 2019

Mary Burton Building G.20

Heriot-Watt University

Riccarton, Edinburgh

EH14 4AS

09:30   Coffee- Registration

09:50 - 10:00 Welcome by IRC Director

Session 1

10:00 - 10:20 Dr Gina Netto (HWU) – “Heritage, Migration and Brexit”

10:20 - 10:40 Dr Lina Fadel (EBS - HWU) – “I belong, I belong not: Brexit, me, and a ‘Boy Named Sue’”

10:40 - 11:00 Dr Katerina Strani (HWU) - "Multicultural citizenship: Challenges and Opportunities"

11:00 - 11:20 Dr Emma Hill (Edinburgh) – “‘New’ Scots?  (Re)Writing Somali Narratives in Scotland”


11:20 - 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 - 12:45 KeynoteDr Tuuli Lähdesmäki - “Europe at a Crossroads: Cultural Heritage in the Creation of a European Narrative”

12:45 - 1:45 pm Lunch break (lunch is provided)

Session 2

1:45 - 2:05 Dr Jennie Morgan (Stirling) – “Grappling with ‘Profusion’: A Crossroad for Assembling Alternative Heritage Futures through Museum Collecting”

2:05 - 2:25 Catherine McCullagh (HWU) “Weathering the storm: Heritage-making as learning for sustainability in uncertain waters”

2:25 - 2:45 Prof Alison McCleery (Napier) – Title tbc

 2:45 - 3:10 pm Coffee break


Session 3

3:10 - 3:30 David Francis (TRACS) – “Traditional music as heritage”

3:30 - 3:50 Marc Romano (HWU) – Title tbc

3:50 - 4:10 Alastair Mackie (HWU) – “Becoming a smaller part of a larger whole: new expressions of European identity in the Scottish independence movement”

4:15 - 5:00 Roundtable: The Impact of Brexit in Scotland 

Chair Ann Packard
Members Dr Cristina Clopot (HWU)
  Luke Devlin (HWU)
  Prof Ullrich Kockel (HWU)
  Dr Mairi McFadyen (Local Voices)
  Svenja Meyerricks (Centre for Human Ecology)
  Prof Mairead Nic Craith (HWU)
  Anthony Salamone (Scottish Centre of European Relations)



5:00 - 6:00 Cultural event and performances - Room EF26

5:00 - 5:20 Chinese cultural activities (The Scottish Confucius Institute in HWU): tea ceremony, Chinese calligraphy and papercutting

5:20 - 5:30 Chinese music

6:00 - 7:00 Wine reception