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At present we organise an annual community conference, held in Duns and Chirnside in alternate years. We may also organise or take part in other events and activities which you will be able to read about here.


Questions of Identity

On Sunday April 26th in Duns, we will contribute to the national celebrations marking the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath by holding a day's community conference on the subject of identity. In the course of the day we will consider the influence of John Duns Scotus on the thinking behind the Declaration and raise some of today's key issues concerning the meanings  and significances of identity - personal, local, national and international, their inter-connectivity and the borders that they may imply or impose. 

Arbroath and After

Personal and collective identity in a changing world


Jackie Kay MBE CBE, Scotland’s award winning Makar whose investigations into issues of identity have inspired her sensitive, insightful and moving poetry, plays and novels such as The Adoption papers, Trumpet, Red Dust Road and many more.

Julian Baggini the acclaimed popular philosopher, journalist and author of many accessible philosophy books  written for a general audience, such as The Ego Trick: What Does It Mean To Be You?  The Shrink and the Sage: A guide to living.  How The World Thinks: A Global History Of Philosophy. Julian will discuss the light that philosophy sheds of questions of identity.

Alexander Broadie Honorary Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. Professor Broadie will speak about the influence of John Duns Scotus on the creation of the Declaration of Arbroath.

David Stewart  Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities, Northumbria University will speak about changing concepts of borders, borderlands and identity particularly viz the Anglo-Scottish Border in the romantic period of the 18th and 19th centuries.

The David Hume Food for Thought Dinner will follow on immediately after the conference where Jackie Kay and Julian Baggini will lead more personal conversations on issues of identity. .

Everyone is welcome to come to either or both events.

2020 is also the 700th anniversary of Duns Castle and our community conference is our contribution to the year long programme of events.


For more details of this year’s conference and David Hume Dinner, including how to book, please contact the TWB Secretary, Derek Janes:  secretary@thinkingwithoutborders.org.uk or at 10 Currie Street, Duns, TD11 3DL


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