Some examples of current and recent research projects in History.
Alice Thornton's Books: Remembrances of a Woman's Life in the Seventeenth Century
The autobiographical writings of Alice Wandesford Thornton (1626-1707) were recently rediscovered by Dr Cordelia Beattie in Durham Cathedral.
Artisans and the Craft Economy in Scotland 1780-1914
This three year project, directed by Professor Stana Nenadic, takes a contemporary approach to craft, applied to Scotland, c. 1780-1914
Colouring the Nation
This three-year research project, directed by Dr Stana Nenadic of the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with Dr David Caldwell of the National Museum of Scotland and with Dr Sally Tuckett as Post-doctoral Researcher, investigates the cultural and global impact of the Scottish textile industry since the nineteenth century.
Ireland and Modernity
This research project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council through a Mid-Career Fellowship and investigates the Irish encounter with modernity from the mid-eighteenth century until the middle of the last century.
Mapping Edinburgh's Social History
MESH – Mapping Edinburgh’s Social History – is a path-breaking AHRC funded project that uses data based on addresses and areas to represent historical information. It provides a spatial dimension that enriches and enhances an understanding of the past.
A New Democratic (Dis)Order: Race, Identity, and Political Mobilisation in France and the UK, c.1970-Present
A British Academy-funded collaborative project that explores how identity politics has reshaped democracy in two distinct European societies.
No Great Wall
The history of republican China has been dominated by the assumption that the key to the Communist takeover of power was the incompetence of the government of Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Party.
Teaching Slavery in Scotland
Historians from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh are working with teachers and historians elsewhere to build a network to develop history teaching in Scotland about Atlantic slavery and Black history.
Visualising Urban Geographies
This AHRC funded project in partnership with the National Library of Scotland re-uses existing research data and re-presents it by means of user-friendly mapping tools.
Staff and students of the department are involved in a wide range of research projects covering different themes of historical study.