The Scottish Independence Referendum and the Future of the Multiethnic Nation State

Friday, September 26, 2014
1:30pm to 6:00pm
UC Berkeley
IGS Library, 109 Moses Hall

 

Join us for a discussion of the outcome of the September 18th Scottish Independence Referendum, proposing that Scotland separate itself from England and form its own nation. Experts will analyze the vote, explain the consequences, and also contrast the Scottish case to other independence movements in Europe and Canada as well as examining why separatist movements have not taken hold in the United States in recent times. 

Keynote: David Laitin, Stanford University:  "The Puzzle of Shrinking States: Reflections on the Scottish Referendum"

Confirmed Panelists/Moderators:

Éric Bélanger (McGill University), Eve Hepburn (University of Edinburgh), Rob Johns (University of Essex), Aila Matanock (UC Berkeley), Iain McLean (Oxford University), Chris Parker (University of Washington), and Jason Wittenberg (UC Berkeley).

This program is brought to you by the Anglo-American Studies Program, in partnership with the Center for British Studies; the Canadian Studies Program; the European Union Center of Excellence at Berkeley, a program funded by the European Union; and the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Panel 1: Understanding the Scottish Independence Referendum

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Moderator: Jack Citrin (UC Berkeley)

  • Iain McLean (Oxford University)
  • Rob Johns (University of Essex)
  • Eve Hepburn (University of Edinburgh)

3:00-3:15 p.m. Break

Panel 2: The Quest for Self-Determination: A Global Perspective

3:15-4:45 p.m.

Moderator: Aila Matanock (UC Berkeley)

  • Éric Bélanger (McGill)
  • Jason Wittenberg (UC Berkeley)
  • Chris Parker (University of Washington)

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Break

5:00-6:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker: David Laitin, Stanford University "The Puzzle of Shrinking States: Reflections on the Scottish Referendum"

Panel 1: Understanding the Scottish Independence Referendum

Panel 2: The Quest for Self-Determination: A Global Perspective

Keynote Speaker: David Laitin, Stanford University
"The Puzzle of Shrinking States: Reflections on the Scottish Referendum"

"The Day after the Scottish Referendum," by Eve Hepburn, Political Studies Association

"Great Britain Survives, But Salmond Goes," by John Cassidy, The New Yorker

"Scotland Stays, Ctd," The Dish

"A Union Survives," by Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest