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La Nuit des Idées : Living together in post-Brexit Scotland

Thursday 28 January 18:30-19:30




How to maintain one’s European identity within the post-Brexit context? What does it mean to live #together in Europe as a non-member state? Is there a risk of disconnecting? What impact could Brexit have on artistic dialogue and scholarly mobility?




About Ambassador Pierre Vimont: Pierre Vimont is a senior fellow at Carnegie Europe. His research focuses on the European Neighborhood Policy, transatlantic relations, and French foreign policy. From March 2016 to January 2017, Vimont served as the special envoy for the French initiative for a Middle East Peace Conference. Previously, he had been nominated the personal envoy of the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, to lead preparations for the Valletta Conference between EU and African countries to tackle the causes of illegal migration and combat human smuggling and trafficking. Prior to joining Carnegie, Vimont was the first executive secretary-general of the European External Action Service (EEAS). With the French foreign service, he served as ambassador to the United States from 2007 to 2010, ambassador to the European Union from 1999 to 2002, and chief of staff to three former French foreign ministers. He holds the title, Ambassador of France, a dignity bestowed for life to only a few French career diplomats. Vimont speaks French, English, and Spanish and is a knight of the French National Order of Merit and a commander of the National Order of the Légion d’Honneur. He holds a degree in law from Pantheon-Sorbonne University, and is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and the National School of Administration (ENA).

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About Lord Menzies Campbell: Sir Menzies "Ming" Campbell was MP for North East Fife for over a quarter of a century between 1987 and 2015. He was born in 1941, educated at Glasgow University where he graduated as a Master of the Arts and Batchelor of Law, and did his Post Graduate studies in International Law at Stanford University, California 1966-67. He was called to the Bar in Scotland in 1968 and appointed Queens Counsel in 1984. He held the British record for the 100 metre sprint between 1967 and 1974, and captained the Great Britain athletic team in 1965 and 1966. He still retains a particular interest in athletics. During his long political career he served as Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson between 1992 and 2006. He went on to be Deputy Leader of the party between 2003 and 2006, before taking over from Charles Kennedy as Leader of the Liberal Democrats. Sir Menzies received a CBE in 1987; was appointed to the Privy Council in 1999 before being knighted in 2004 for his services to Parliament. He became a Companion of Honour in the 2013 Birthday Honours for public and political service. He has been the Chancellor of the University of St. Andrews since 2006. He received a peerage in the 2015 Dissolution Honours, and was introduced to the House of Lords in November of the same year.

Official Twitter from the office of Sir Menzies Campbell @MenziesCampbell




About Professor Murray Pittock MAE FRSE: Murray Pittock is Bradley Professor and Pro Vice-Principal of the University of Glasgow, and has held visiting appointments at Yale and New York Universities, Notre Dame, Charles, Prague, Trinity College Dublin and elsewhere. He is a Fellow of Academia Europaea, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the English Association and the Royal Historical Society among other bodies, and an honorary Fellow of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies. His books are set on courses in English, History, Irish Studies, theology and politics in around twenty-five countries, and he has been awarded, shortlisted or nominated for a number of literary and historical prizes and prize lectureships. He is one of the few UK academics to be a prize lecturer of both the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the British Academy, and has acted as an external assessor for chairs and grants from the Ivy League to the Middle East. He is a Board Member and Scottish History Adviser to the National Trust for Scotland, has acted as adviser to the National Galleries, National Museums and Agence Nationale de Recherche and has held grants in English, History, Museology, Tourism and the creative economy. In 2014, he became the founding convenor of the International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures, and remains chair of its Trustees. He has also appeared in the UK and overseas media in over 50 countries.

Twitter @P14Murray




About Professor Paul James Cardwell: he joined Strathclyde as a Professor in Law in February 2017, having previously worked at the University of Sheffield and the University of Bordeaux. His research interests cover the European Union and the law and policy of its external relations, with a particular focus on migration and democracy promotion. He has published widely in these areas, including three books and articles in leading journals. He has also researched the consequences of the UK’s departure from the EU. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and is recognised for his expertise in internationalisation across learning, teaching and the student experience. He has researched and written on this topic, with a particular emphasis on the positive impact of Erasmus and studying abroad. His critique of the UK’s decision to leave Erasmus+ and create a rival scheme was featured in the New York Times, Le Monde and the Financial Times. He is a citizen of France and the UK

Twitter @Cardwell_PJ




About Etienne Duval: Etienne Duval spent most of his career working for various French-speaking media as a UK correspondent and roving reporter. He was brought up in France by a mother from Banffshire, and was educated both in France and the UK. He has made it his mission to try and help Francophones understand “les anglo-saxons” (and vice-versa), and has a particular interest in and love for Scotland. He still freelances as a journalist and a conference moderator, and trains reporters and spokespeople. He divides his time between Edinburgh where he is based, London, and the Continent.

Twitter @newtownvision

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