School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Global Migrations of the Scottish People

This conference on the global migrations of the Scottish people is the most ambitious ever organised on the subject and is certain to be an outstanding feature of the 2014 Homecoming celebrations.

Migrants boarding a boat

Location: The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Date: Friday-Sunday, 4-6 July 2014.


The aim of the conference is to present fascinating 'state of the art' research on the Scottish diaspora in a form geared to a general audience while still maintaining the highest academic standards.


  • presentations on topics as varied as the impact of the diaspora on the homeland; Scottish settlers and indigenous peoples; 'New Scots' of Europe; the global intellectual influence of Scottish migration; the diaspora's perspectives on Scotland today; and much more
  • lectures and panel discussions from the best scholars in the field drawn from universities in the UK, Ireland, Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand
  • exclusive previews of a stimulating American-made film on the Clearances
  • complimentary refreshments, lunches and evening receptions for all attendees
  • the opportunity to meet and chat with conference speakers at the evening receptions
  • registration for the whole event or by the day.


This event is sponsored by the University of Edinburgh, National Museums Scotland, the Scottish Government and the Economic and Social Research Council (UK).

It is one of eight which form the Economic and Social Research Council's (UK) funded seminar series on Scotland's Diasporas in Global and Comparative Perspective 2014 to 2016, organised by the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies.

Logos for our sponsors

Organising committee

The organising committee for the conference is: Professor TM Devine, Ms Sarah Duffy (contact details below), Professor AH McCarthy and Dr David Ritchie.

Early booking recommended

Early booking for this event is strongly recommended as attendance is limited to 200.

Elaine Philip

Research Centres and Knowledge Exchange Events Administrator

  • School of History, Classics & Archaeology
  • University of Edinburgh

Contact details



Room 2M.27