Conference Aims


The Maine Ulster Scots Project (MUSP) is pleased to announce that Call for Proposals for the 2018 Ulster Diaspora Reunion and Conference is now available! The conference will be held August 14-16, 2018, in Brunswick Maine on the beautiful Bowdoin College Campus

MUSP brings together avocational historians and academia to explore stories and opportunities for bringing Scots-Irish influence out of the shadows of British colonial settlement. We work together to learn about challenges to understanding this migration, uncovering complex genealogy of the early settlement, exploring the impact in the foundation of local politics and the conflict with the indigenous community, while uncovering the legacy of this group to the character of Maine. Scots-Irish migration formed the backbone of many Maine communities, Maine’s traditional industries, cultural heritage, conflict, and peace. Their influence can be found in our legal systems, local control preference, relationships to the land, and dry Maine humor. We seek to share stories and expand access to Maine’s Scots-Irish Heritage through public programming and research.


Paper & Proposal Themes

We welcome proposals for presentations and papers that will contribute to the research on migration from the nine counties of the ancient Province of Ulster to Maine and help bring the diaspora stories to life. Maine’s historic connections to present day Northern Ireland run deep, and are often embedded in complex local histories and folkways; often confused by historical and political language in early Colonial New England.

The 2018 Committee encourages proposals from researchers, archivists, genealogists, and historians that examine how the interested public and academic practitioners can inform and expand the research in Scots-Irish migration, and influence in Maine and New England.  Presentations will be expected to last no longer than 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A session. We welcome proposals that explore:

  • Individuals of Scots-Irish heritage who were instrumental in shaping Maine, our communities, or were shaped by their experience in Maine.

  • Religious and economic aspects of migration to Maine and the New England region and the promotion of emigration from the ancient Province of Ulster, considered Ireland at the time of migration.

  • Cultural legacy of Scots-Irish diaspora in Maine and New England including literature, art, music, dance, foodways, and oration.

  • Scots-Irish cooperation and conflict with indigenous peoples of Maine and New England and the legacy of this activity.

How to Submit

Following the conference, accepted papers for presentation will be submitted as part of a planned publication. Paper and presentation abstracts of 500 words of less should be submitted by April 30, 2018. Accepted proposals will receive access to conference event, including premier events free of charge. Final accepted papers for publication will be due September 1, 2018. Papers should be 3000-10,000 words, and may be chapters of a larger work if editing for this conference publication purpose is acceptable. Please submit abstracts for consideration with a brief biography for inclusion in our event marketing via email to:

It is intended that the Maine Conference shall dovetail with the Ulster University conference, “Ulster 1718: Culture, Family and Space” which is being convened and directed by Dr. Frank Ferguson, Director for Irish and Scottish studies at Ulster University, and is planned to take place in June 28 & 29, 2018 in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. Coleraine is the town which was near the source of the diaspora wellspring for many of the emigrants.  If you would like to submit a proposal to the Ulster University Conference find the details here:

Please contact Rebecca Graham at with any questions.

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