School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Student Seminar series

The Student Seminar Series is co-organised by Edinburgh University History Society and Retrospect Journal. It is a student-led initiative that gives students at all levels of study at Edinburgh an opportunity to present short papers on their research.

The current theme for seminars is Glory and Gore, and students are welcome to interpret this according to their own research on the past. Students and staff are welcome to attend and to continue the conversation after the seminar. All speakers are current students at the University of Edinburgh.

Time and location

Seminars will take place on Wednesdays from 6pm to 7pm in 9.18, 40 George Square and on MS Teams. Please email for a link to join.

Event schedule - in conjunction with Retrospect Journal

Semester 2, 2023/24

Date Speakers & topics
Wed 31 Jan
  • Shreya Singh - 'Gore and Glory: Embodied Experiences of Violence, Trauma and Masculinity in 19th-Century America'
  • Tom Mearns - 'Glory and Gore in the US Civil War'
  • Georgia Smith - 'Encountering Carolee Schneemann: Corporeal Confrontations in Feminist Performance Art 1963–1975'
Wed 3 Apr 
  • Sam Marks - '"Hail to the chief": Evaluating the cultural impact of a holiday based around the head of Government'
  • Matilde Pereira - 'Counting the costs: A comparative study of the collective memory in the Franco-Spanish War (1635-1659) and the Napoleonic Wars'
  • Jessica Nutt - 'Following the fighters: Viking military movement and early Medieval warfare'

NB This seminar will take place in Room 1.1, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre

Semester 1, 2023/24

Date Speaker Topic
Wed 4 Oct

Joshua MacRae

Tristan Craig

Sam Marks

'Approaching Histories of Glory and Gore: Royalty and Relics in a Global Middle Ages'

'Dawn of the Draugr: Unearthing the Restless Dead in Old Norse Literature'

'The Jazz Dispersion: The Trans-Atlantic Career Development of African-American Artists (1920s-1960s)'

Wed 1 Nov

Elham Khosravipour

Scarlett Wang

Emmanuelle Jégo

'Rethinking Glory in the Colonial Context: The Philippine-American War Paving the Path to Independence'

'Glory and Gore: Weapons for Female Reign'

'Hiding the Gore and Parodying the Glory in Ancient Greek Comedy'

NB This event will be hybrid - please email to receive the link

Wed 29 Nov

Jennifer Ashton

Jay Shotter

James Walker 

'All of the Gore and None of the Glory: Canada's Indigenous Veterans'

''All Guns Blazing': Representations of World War Two Violence in the Commando Comics'

' From Triumph to Twilight: The Glorification and Gorification of Warfare in German Combat Art, 1939-45'

Further information


Those interested in presenting at a future seminar should read and complete the submissions form. Any questions about the series should be sent to the series organisers, at


For further information about the societies themselves please see links to the Edinburgh University Student Association website below. 

History Society - EUSA Retrospect Journal


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