School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Scottish History seminars

The Scottish History research seminars take place throughout the academic year and are open to all.

Time and location

'All seminars take place on Thursdays at 5.15pm.   Unless otherwise stated, seminars will take place in room LG.10, 40 George Square, EdinburghAll are welcome to attend, and it is not necessary to book a place in advance.

Event schedule

Semester 1 2022/23

Information for the forthcoming semester will be confirmed shortly.

Date Speaker Topic

Thu 29 Sep

Professor Richard Finlay (University of Strathclyde)

‘The myth of Scottish Unionism’

Thu 6 Oct Helen Lowe (University of Edinburgh)

‘A great debate? Scotland’s approach to the development of technical and vocational education in secondary schools, c. 1976-1990’

Thu 13 Oct Dr Lucy Dean (University of the Highlands and Islands)

‘Negotiating age and manhood: A comparative approach to Medieval Scottish kingship’

Thu 20 Oct Dr Karly Kehoe (Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia) ‘Building a British Empire: Scottish Catholics in the North Atlantic, 1770-1830’
Thu 27 Oct

Dr Yvonne McFadden (University of Strathclyde)

‘“They had a bond”: Women in mining communities in 20th-century Scotland’

Thu 3 Nov Dr Naomi Lloyd-Jones (Durham University)

CANCELLED - ‘Pledges and Programmes: Scottish Home Rule and the Liberal Party in the Late Nineteenth Century’

Thu 10 Nov Willem Pauw (University of Edinburgh) ‘Favour, friendship, and prejudice: The diverse experiences of Chinese students in Scotland, 1900-1950’
Thu 17 Nov  Dr Joseph Wagner (Bellarmine University)

‘Tracing an Early Scottish Critique of Colonial Slavery: William Dunlop in England, Scotland, Carolina, and Florida, c. 1678-1700’ 

In association with the Scottish History Society.  Online via Zoom, please contact the organiser for link.

Thu 1 Dec

Dr Aaron Allen and Ed Bethune (University of Edinburgh/1722 Waggonway Heritage Group)

The work journals of William Dickson, wright at Cockenzie (1717-1745), and the tercentenary of Scotland’s first railway’

Further information

Please contact the organiser, Dr Alasdair Raffe, for further information.


Dr Alasdair Raffe

Lecturer in History

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

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