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

Unless otherwise stated, the seminars begin at 5.15pm, usually Room G.13, William Robertson Wing, Doorway 4, Old Medical School. All are welcome! Free.

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Event schedule

Semester 1, 2019/20
Date Speaker Topic Notes

Thursday 26 Sept

Alasdair Raffe (Edinburgh)

‘Political parties in seventeenth-century Scotland’


Thursday 3 Oct

Mark McLean (National Trust for Scotland)

'Scotch on the rocks: Literary identity and anxiety in the Scottish Enlightenment’

Thursday 10 Oct

Kathrin Zickermann (Highlands and Islands)

‘Alexander Erskein (1598-1656): Swedish resident, war councillor and peace negotiator’


Thursday 17 Oct

Lucy Brown (Strathclyde)

‘Negotiating the welfare state: Community art in Scotland 1962-1990’

Thursday 24 Oct David Headon (Australian National University)

‘So much more than a Prime Minister: Andrew Fisher (1862-1928)’

In association with ‘The First Eight’ project of the ANU Australian Studies Institute

Room LG 11David Hume Tower

Thursday 31 Oct

Andrew Carter (St Andrews)

‘“An Archbishop graft on a Puritan stock”: James Sharp, Archbishop of St Andrews, and the restoration of episcopacy in Scotland, 1660-1679’


Thursday 7 Nov

Seán Damer (Edinburgh)

‘From the sublime to the ridiculous? A tale of two schemes in interwar Glasgow’


Thursday 14 Nov

Gordon Barclay and Louise Heren (Independent)

‘The Battle for George Square: Myth, memory and reality in Red Clydeside’


Thursday 21 Nov

Andrew McDiarmid (Dundee)

‘Dying to invest: An introduction to tontines as a means of financing cultural and infrastructural projects, 1650-1850’

Thursday 28 Nov

Robbie Johnston (Edinburgh)

‘Rediscovering the union: Margaret Thatcher, the Conservatives and Scotland, 1974-c. 1990’


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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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