Recordings of the Opening Ceremony and Selected Lectures

Recordings of the congress opening ceremony and selected lectures are available on the YouTube channel of the International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures.

Opening Ceremony, Karolinum, 22 June 2022

Welcome addresses: Prof. Martin Procházka, Dr Petra Johana Poncarová, congress organisers; Dr Eva Lehečková, Dean, Faculty of Arts; Prof. Carla Sassi, convenor, International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures

Poetry reading: Matthew Fitt, Christopher Whyte

Keynote lecture | Prof. Angela Esterhammer (University of Toronto): Speculation, Displacement, and Transatlantic Entanglement

Keynote lecture | Prof. Glenda Norquay (Liverpool John Moores University): The Tale of Tweedie’s Dog: Narrative Homecomings and Nomadic Reiterations

Keynote Lecture | Prof. Joep Leerssen (University of Amsterdam): Scotland as a Literary Multiverse: Bards, Minstrels, Troubadours and the Modern Reading Public

Bursaries for Postgraduate Delegates

UCSL is offering two £100 bursaries for PGRs participating in the Third World Congress of Scottish Literature in Prague, June 22-26.  To be considered for one of these bursaries, please send the following material to Petra Poncarová ( and Eleanor Bell ( by 5pm GMT on Friday 3rd June: an abstract of your conference paper, a short academic C.V. (2 pages max), and a statement of any other funding you’re receiving to attend the conference.  The bursaries may be put towards the cost of in-person or online participation. It is also possible to ask for a switch from online to in-person attendance with regard to the bursary.  We are re-opening the CFP to any PGRs who did not submit an abstract earlier due to the cost of attendance. 

First Version of the Programme Published

The first version of the congress programme has been published. Kindly note that the programme is still being updated and modified, pending confirmations and feedback from delegates.

The congress also welcomes non-presenting delegates: if you would like to join the event and register, kindly contact the congress manager, Dr Petra Johana Poncarová (

Registration Opens on 1 March 2022

Registration for the 3rd World Congress of Scottish Literatures is going to open on 1 March 2022. All delegates have been informed by e-mail, sent on 22 February 2022.

If you have not received the message or if you would like to attend the congress as a participant, please get in touch with the congress manager, Dr Petra Johana Poncarová, by e-mail: PetraJohana.Poncarova (at)

Registration fees from 2020 have been rolled over, unless the delegates expressed a different preference.

Prague Congress Rescheduled for 2022

The Executive Committee of the International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures has voted to postpone the Third World Congress of Scottish Literatures, to be held in Prague, until the summer of 2022. 

This was a difficult decision to make.  Covid cases remain high across the world and the possibility of summer travel is still extremely uncertain. Concerns about health, safety, and the feasibility of travel render an in-person Congress impossible.

It would be possible to put the World Congress entirely online, but because this is a large conference with participants located across the world, working around time differences would entail the use of pre-recorded video presentations/sessions along with live ones. The World Congress is intended to facilitate encounter and exchange by bringing together scholars from different parts of the world, and we would like to remain faithful to this principle.

We are deeply disappointed that it is necessary to postpone the Prague Congress again, but we are planning some smaller online events to tide us over until we can meet in person. Stay tuned for further details!

1 February 2021 – 30 November 2021 – confirmation of submitted abstracts, submission of new or modified abstracts

31 December 2021 – announcement of acceptance/refusal of modified or new abstracts

1 February 2022 – “early bird” registration begins (we hope that this may be a safe date at which we will be able to guarantee that the in-presence Congress will not be cancelled because of covid)

30 April 2022 – end of “early bird” registration

22-26 June 2022 – the Congress will take place! (fingers crossed)


Prague Congress Rescheduled for 23-27 June 2021

The Third World Congress of Scottish Literatures, planned to convene on 24 – 28 June 2020 at Charles University in Prague, has been rescheduled due to the corona virus pandemic for 23 – 27 June 2021. The venue remains the same.

Acceptances from this year are automatically rolled over until 2021. If you wish to withdraw your paper, kindly let us know as soon as possible, but by 30 September 2020 at the latest.

Delegates who have already registered can either have the fee rolled over, or have it returned (subject to any bank charges).

The submission deadline for additional or modified paper, panel and round-table proposals is 30 September 2020. The registration will re-open in January 2021.

We look forward to welcoming more contributors. For detailed information see the updated Call for Papers and the Congress website.

3rd World Congress of Scottish Literatures and COVID-19

In light of the current outbreak of novel coronavirus COVID-19, many delegates will be concerned about travel. Although it’s difficult to predict what the situation will be in late June, the Congress organisers are monitoring the situation closely and currently plan to make a decision about the Congress towards the end of April when the steering committee is going to meet online, reflecting the actual spread of coronavirus at that time. Early bird registration will be extended to the end of April for this purpose.

Of course this situation may change at short notice, and we will keep you posted about any developments likely to impact upon the Congress.

Should the congress be cancelled in the end, Charles University is going to return the fees. If you have booked a hotel room through the Prague organisers, it can be cancelled (without cancellation fee) one month before the event.

In the meantime, we would direct all delegates to the advice given out by their own health services, home institutions and the WHO.

If you are booking flights, then you should insure yourself against the possibility of cancellation.

If you have any questions, then please direct them to Petra Johana Poncarová, congress secretary, at PetraJohana.Poncarova (at)

Welcome! / Fàilte!

The 3rd World Congress of Scottish Literatures is going to be held in Prague at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, on 24 – 28 June 2020. Kindly visit the relevant sections of this website for more information.