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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.


Community Conference : Day of talks and discussions and

our annual David Hume Food for Thought Dinner

have sadly been postponed this year due to Coronavirus.  The good news is that we have managed to re-book the speakers for 2021, for 24 April. Please email the secretary if you would like to provisionally reserve a place at either or  both events. 

Meanwhile please stay safe and well and we look forward to seeing you next year! See details below.


Community Conference: Day of talks and discussions:

Questions of Identity

We will contribute to the national celebrations marking the 700th (700+1) anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath by staging talks and discussion i on the subject of identity. In the course of the day we will consider the influence of John Duns Scotus on the wording and content of the Declaration and raise some of today's key questions about identity and senses of belonging, the values and meanings we put on the places we live and those of borders, borderlands, communities and nations. All will be up for discussion.


Arbroath and After

Personal and collective identity in a changing world


Jackie Kay MBE CBE FRSE, Scotland’s award winning former 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 highly 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.

Philip Tonner, philosopher and anthropologist (Glasgow University) will share his special interest in the influence of John Duns Scotus, the mediaeval philosopher-theologian of Duns, on the wording and content of the famous Declaration of Arbroath and how in turn it influenced the American Declaration of Independence. He will draw in particular on the research of Prof. Alexander Broadie.

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 

with with the Scots Makar Jackie Kay, MBE CBE FRSE and the acclaimed popular philosopher Julian Baggini

The dinner follows the conference though you can book for either or both.  Jackie Kay, Scotland’s multi-award winning Makar and Julian Baggini, the acclaimed popular philosopher will speak informally in an 'in conversation' session on questions of personal identity and Jackie will read some of her poems. 



For more details of both events 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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