College of Humanities & Social Science

Public lectures & events

The College organises a wide range of public lectures, including the Gifford, Fulbright, Northern Scholars, Munro and Inaugural Lectures.

Audience in the Playfair Library

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) also provides an online calendar of research seminars and events across the College.

All lectures and seminars are open to members of the public, staff and students.

Gifford Lectures

Gifford lectures
Find out more about the Gifford Lectures.

Inaugural Lectures

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Each academic year, the College of Humanities and Social Science hosts a series of inaugural lectures given by new Professors in the College.

Fulbright Lectures

This lecture series forms part of the University’s links with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.

Schools' events & lectures

Information about one-off events taking place in the College's schools, including public lectures, exhibitions and performances.

Northern Scholars Lectures

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The committee of the Northern Scholars Scheme, established in 1956, exists to foster co-operation between scholars of Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and colleagues in the University of Edinburgh, in linguistics, historical and other cultural studies which are common to these countries and to Scotland.

Research seminars and events

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Research seminars and events across the College of Humanities and Social Science.

Munro Lectures

A series of public lectures from international scholars in the fields of archaeology and anthropology.

The Big Idea

The Big Idea Podcast
A new podcast series is giving the University an innovative way to share its big ideas with the world.

College participation in Festivals

Tables and paper lanterns in George Square.
See lectures, performances, exhibitions and more from the College of Humanities and Social Science in Edinburgh's festivals.

WW1 Centenary Programme

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The University of Edinburgh marks the centenary of the start of the First World War with a series of events examining the impact of the conflict on the university community and the people of Scotland.

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