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 take place on Thursdays at 5.15pm (unless otherwise stated) via Zoom. Zoom links and passcodes will be circulated via the Scottish History seminar mailing list a few days in advance of each seminar. If you would like to attend a seminar, but are not on the mailing list, please contact the organiser ( All are welcome!

Event schedule

Semester 1

Date Speaker Topic

Thursday 30 Sept

Professor Thomas Ahnert (University of Edinburgh)

‘The Real Philosophy of Enlightenment: The Intellectual History of Scottish University Curricula in the Eighteenth Century’

Please note6:15-7:30pm

Thursday 7 Oct

Dr Tanya Cheadle (University of Glasgow)

‘Sex Magic and Masculinity in Late-Victorian Northeast Scotland: Peter Davidson and the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor’

Thursday 14 Oct

Dr Gordon McKelvie (University of Winchester)

‘Beyond the National Question: Popular Political Culture and Popular Protest in Late Medieval Scotland’

Thursday 21 Oct

Mara Schmueckle (University of Edinburgh):

‘Law, Marriage and Family in Late Medieval Scotland’

Thursday 4 Nov

Rory Scothorne (University of Edinburgh)

‘Cosmopolitan Natives: Scotland, the New Left and the Territorial Imagination, 1956-1979’

Thursday 11 Nov

Dr John McCallum (Nottingham Trent University)

‘Emotion in Reformation Scotland: The Case of James Melville (1556-1614)’

Joint meeting with the Scottish History Society

Thursday 18 Nov

Dr Cathryn Spence (Guelph University, Ontario)

‘Stepfamilies in Early Modern Scotland’

Thursday 25 Nov

Dr Rebecca Mason (University of Glasgow)

‘“Whenever I flee, my husband followeth”: Separated Wives in Early Modern Scotland, 1500-1700’

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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