School of History, Classics & Archaeology


News from 2013.

Celebrating the Archaeology alumnus who became South Korea’s President

Today, 6 March, sees the grand finale of an inaugural, two-day Symposium commemorating the life of the Archaeology alumnus, Yun Posun, who went on to become President of South Korea (1960-1962) and father of the Korean democratic movement.

Congratulations to all our recent graduates

Warmest congratulations to all our students who graduated yesterday, 4 July 2013.

Alumni honoured by the Queen

Two of our alumni have been recognised in the Queen’s recent Birthday Honours List.

Alumnus Thomas Cole to talk about his career in Brussels

On Monday 20 May, Political Science and History alumnus, Thomas Cole, will give a careers talk in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology about his work as a Policy Officer at the European Commission in Brussels.

Alumnus bookshelf: Dr Alexander Lee

Congratulations to postgraduate History alumnus, Dr Alexander Lee, who has just published his book, 'The Ugly Renaissance: Sex, Disease and Excess in an Age of Beauty'.

BBC highlights hillfort mapping project

BBC News has been highlighting the “volunteer army” which our Head of Archaeology, Professor Ian Ralston and colleagues in Oxford are recruiting, to help map hillforts across Britain and Ireland.

Briefing Ireland’s President on emigration

Dr Enda Delaney was invited to a private meeting with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, at his official residence in Dublin last week.

Bursaries for new UK undergraduates

If you are a UK student with the offer of an undergraduate place starting September 2013, you may be eligible for a bursary.

Call for papers: 19th c. Research Seminars

The 19th Century Research Seminars (NCRS) will take place at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, January - May 2014.

Call for papers: Women in Classical Antiquity

Papers are invited on the theme of ‘Women in Classical Antiquity: Between Image and Lived Realities’, which will form part of the 8th Celtic Conference in Classics, 25-28 June 2014.

Carnegie Scholarship for Alexandre Johnston

MSc Classics student Alexandre Johnston has won a coveted Carnegie Scholarship.

Commemorating Scotland's War

A host of University-led events commemorating Scotland's contribution to the First World War has been unveiled.

Dr Ugolini joins Sky’s immigration debate

A film of History lecturer Dr Wendy Ugolini is featured on the Sky News website*, as part of its Immigration Week feature.

Creative workshops to explore the Polish migrant experience

Catriona Taylor, Artist in Residence for the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies, is offering a series of creative workshops for Polish people, to explore their experiences of contemporary migration to Scotland.

Dr Chris Harding on Radio 3

The first broadcast from New Generation Thinker Dr Christopher Harding went out on BBC Radio 3's 'Night Waves' programme on 17 June.

Dr Felicity Green on BBC Radio 4's 'In Our Time'

Dr Felicity Green, our Chancellor’s Fellow in History, will appear on the BBC Radio 4 programme 'In Our Time' on Thursday 25 April 2013.

Dr Gordon Pentland wins RSE early career medal

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology is delighted to congratulate Dr Gordon Pentland, senior lecturer in History, on winning the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s (RSE’s) Thomas Reid Medal 2013.

Dr Wendy Ugolini on BBC Radio's 'Archive on 4'

British History lecturer, Dr Wendy Ugolini, appeared on BBC Radio's 'Archive on 4' programme, on Saturday 27 April 2013.

Edinburgh historic haul of awards

University historians are enjoying a remarkable run of awards.

Elena wins Times prize with Iceman Otzi story

Archaeology undergraduate Elena Chabo has won first prize in a student writing competition run by UCAS and The Times.

Excellent teaching recognised by EUSA awards

Excellent teaching in the School has been recognised by students in the fifth Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA) Teaching Awards.

Gender equality culture survey

Postgraduate students are being invited to take part in a gender equality culture survey.

Great research in a nutshell

A series of 13 one-minute movies, featuring some of the fascinating research undertaken within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, has been published on the University’s website, as part of its Research in a Nutshell initiative.

History graduates on our alumni bookshelf

Two History graduates, Dr Ian Wotherspoon and Bill Dunlop, are featured in the University’s alumni bookshelf this month.

History of violence, factors for peace

On 29 May, at the University’s annual Gifford Lecture, Harvard Professor Steven Pinker challenged popular perceptions about violence and progress.

How different is therapy from prayer?

Asian History Lecturer and BBC New Generation Thinker, Dr Chris Harding, will speak at BBC Radio 3’s Festival of Ideas, in Gateshead, Saturday 26 October 2013.

Icons, history, theology and liberty: the podcast

School experts star in the latest of the University’s Big Idea podcasts.

Julius Ruiz in 'Who Do You Think You Are? USA'

On 19 February 2013, BBC1 broadcast the first episode of the third season of Who Do You Think You Are? USA.

Lectureships in Classical Archaeology

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology is inviting applications from scholars of the highest calibre who have research interests and teaching experience in Classical Archaeology (including Classical Art).

New Generation Thinker: Dr Christopher Harding

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology is proud to report that Dr Christopher G. Harding, a Lecturer in Asian History, has become one of ten academics from across the UK to be named ‘New Generation Thinkers 2013’.

New light on the Great Gorgān Wall of ancient Iran

A new book co-authored by Eberhard Sauer, Professor of Roman Archaeology, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh establishes that a Persian wall which stretches 200km through northern Iran, dates to the 5th/6th century AD, rather than much earlier, as previously thought.

Political histories of modern Scotland

Political historians can do more to clarify our understanding of the current Scottish independence debate, argued Professor Ewen A Cameron, Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History and Palaeography, in his inaugural lecture: "The Political Histories of Modern Scotland".

Prize Shortlisting for Alvin Jackson

Professor Alvin Jackson's comparative study, The Two Unions: Ireland, Scotland and the Survival of the United Kingdom 1707-2007 (Oxford University Press: 2012) has been shortlisted for the 2013 Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize for a work on Irish history or literature. This is the second shortlisting for a national historical and literary prize that the book has received: in November Jackson's book was shortlisted for the 2012 Saltire Society's Best Scottish History Book.

Professor Cairns joins Academia Europaea

Professor Douglas Cairns has been invited to join the prestigious Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe), in recognition of his outstanding achievements as a researcher.

Professor Devine in American-Scottish first

Professor Tom Devine, Director of the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies, will be the first keynote speaker at the first day of an historic event held in the Scottish Parliament on 10 July.

Professor Devine to give GTC National Lecture

Professor Tom Devine has been invited to present a prestigious national lecture.

Professor Devine’s RSE prize lecture, 25 April

Professor Tom Devine will receive the Royal Society of Edinburgh's (RSE’s) Inaugural Sir Walter Scott Senior Prize in the Humanities and Creative Arts, at a Prize Lecture in Lockerbie on 25 April 2013.

Professor Tom Devine to give Adam Smith Lecture

Professor Tom Devine will give the prestigious Adam Smith Lecture in St Bryce Kirk, Kirkcaldy, 7pm Thursday 6 June 2013.

Publications in 2013

We've been as busy as ever publishing our research. Here is a list of the monographs we've published in 2013.

Sarah Cockram and the Digital Princess

Historian Dr Sarah Cockram has spent a month in California as part of an international research team which aims to create an open-access, online resource for the study of Renaissance Italy’s most consummate female social networker.

School staff shortlisted for EUSA Teaching Awards

Dr Stephan Malinowski and Dr Kath McSweeney have both been shortlisted for 2013 EUSA Teaching Awards.

Sectarianism: a Scottish problem?

Professor Tom Devine will deliver this year’s Margaret Harris Lecture on Religion in the Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, 6pm Wednesday 27 November 2013.

Student feedback reaps results

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology has made a number of improvements to its undergraduate provision this year, as a result of student feedback.

Take a virtual walk into July 1618

On 8 July 2013, Scottish Historian Anna Groundwater spoke on BBC Radio Scotland about how social media is bringing history alive today.

Templer Medal for 'Military History of Scotland'

Further congratulations to Dr Jeremy Crang on 'A Military History of Scotland'.

Virtual open day for new online MSc History programme

A virtual ‘open day’ will be held, 3-4pm, Saturday 20 April, for distance learners interested in the new online MSc History programme, due to be launched this September (2013), by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.

Wanted: reminders of home for quilt project

People who have come from overseas to live in Scotland are being asked to contribute pieces of cloth, images and small objects which remind them of home, for inclusion in a special quilt.

Wanted: thoughts and ideas about Innovative Learning Week

Over 90 students and staff from History, Classics and Archaeology rounded off Innovative Learning Week 2013 in historic style on Saturday, with a trip to Hadrian’s Wall.

Winners of our Innovative Learning Week Competition

Congratulations to Amy Cannon, Maya Hoole, Alex Middle and Lakkana Nanayakkara, who have been awarded prizes in the School’s Innovative Learning Week competition.