School of History, Classics & Archaeology

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.

His topic will be ‘Sectarianism: A Scottish Problem?’.

Professor Devine is Senior Research Professor in History in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the Scottish Centre of Diaspora Studies.

History, reality and mythology

Describing the lecture, the University of Dundee’s website says:

“Scotland is the only jurisdiction in the developed world, apart from Northern Ireland, which currently has anti-sectarian legislation on the statute book, generously funds anti-sectarian charities and has commissioned a year-long enquiry into the problem which has just completed its deliberations.

“Opinion, however, is divided whether these concerns truly reflect reality or exaggerate to the point of mythology.

“This lecture will explore the historical context of sectarianism in Scotland before grappling with the complex issues which have arisen in more recent times”.