7th Annual Smout Lecture


7th Annual Smout Lecture

New Arts Theatre, Thursday 3 October, New Arts Theatre, 5.30pm

Professor Poul Holm (Trinity College Dublin)

‘The North Atlantic Fish Revolution, c.1500 AD: Climate, Markets, People’

In 1497, John Cabot returned to Bristol and told of waters off Newfoundland so “full of
fish that [they] can be taken not only with nets but with fishing-baskets”. Within a
few decades, the discovery led to a dramatic increase in supplies of cod (Gadus morhua) to the European market. The ‘Fish Revolution’ permanently changed human and animal life in the North Atlantic region. Not only the seafood market but Atlantic geopolitics were transformed in the process. In this talk, Professor Holm will consider three questions:

(1) What were the environmental parameters of the Fish Revolution?
(2) What were the globalising effects of the Fish Revolution?
(3) What were the consequences of the Fish Revolution for fishing

TC Smout Lecture Institute of Scottish Historical Research

Professor Poul Holm

Professor Paul Holm is the Director of the Trinity Centre for Environmental Humanities at Trinity College Dublin. He is also a member of the Royal Irish Academy’s Standing Committee for Archaeology, and Vice-Chair of the Humanities class of Academia Europea. Professor Holm’s research focusses on North Atlantic fisheries c.1400-1700, and more generally the interdisciplinary combination of marine science and history.

This lecture is open to the public and will be followed by a wine reception.


Ideology and Identity in post-war Scotland

‘Ideology and Identity in post-war Scotland’ is a postgraduate-led one-day workshop exploring aspects of work, community, culture and politics within the framework of ideology and identity in Scotland since 1945. This workshop is hosted by the Institute of Scottish Historical Research at the University of St Andrews on 30 August 2019.

Coffee and refreshments will be available throughout and a buffet lunch will also be provided. We would be grateful if you would inform us of any dietary requirements when you reserve your ticket.

Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ideology-and-identity-in-post-war-scotland-tickets-64992283670?aff=eac2

The programme is as follows:

Ideology and Identity in post-war Scotland

Friday 30 August 2019
Old Class Library, St John’s House, 71 South Street, St Andrews

09.30-10.00 Coffee and Welcome

10.00-11.00 Introductory lecture

Professor Jim Tomlinson (University of Glasgow)
Scotland: the ‘industrial’ nation since 1945

11.00-11.15 Coffee break

11.15-12.45 Deindustrialisation and regeneration

Dr Valerie Wright (University of Glasgow)
Paisley Community Development Project: An early attempt at regeneration in Ferguslie Park, 1972-76

Rory Stride (University of Strathclyde)
Factory Floor Feminism? Women, Work and the Textile Industry in west-central Scotland since 1970

Kate Wilson (University of Strathclyde)
“Workshop”: Community writers’ groups and radicalism, Glasgow 1981-1994

12.45-13.45 Buffet lunch

13.45-14.45 The politics of energy

Daniel Leaver (University of St Andrews)
‘Coal is still our greatest natural asset’: Resistance to new sources of energy in Scottish Labour, c.1964-79

Robbie Johnston (University of Edinburgh)
Scottish Elections and Oil, 1974-1997

14.45-15.45 Culture and politics

Rory Scothorne (University of Edinburgh)
From Print to Party: Intellectuals and left-wing nationalism in 1970s Scotland

Sarah Leith (University of St Andrews)
Sex and the Scottish City: radical representations of sexuality in urban and rural Scotland, c.1935-1960

15.45-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-17.00 Independence and narrative

Emilia Belknap (University of Edinburgh)
Independent Women: Investigating the Gender Gap in Support for Independence Referenda

Alice Doyle (University of Stirling)
A manifesto for future memories: Indyref and archival paradigm shifts
17.00-18.00 Wine reception


The School of History at the University of St Andrews is pleased to announce the hosting of a one-day workshop, to be held on Friday 27 April, that will examine the political and constitutional impact for Scotland of the two referendums held regarding the relationship between the United Kingdom and Europe. Alongside contributions from academics working across a range of disciplines, the event will feature contributions from politicians, journalists and civil servants, including Catherine Stihler MEP, Alex Neil MSP, Jim Sillars, Neal Ascherson and Professor Jim Gallagher. Please see the attached programme for the full schedule.
The event is free and a buffet lunch will be provided, but places are limited. If you would like to attend, please email Dr Malcolm Petrie (mp49@st-andrews.ac.uk) by 5pm Monday 23 April to register.

Immortalized Memory: Iterations and adaptations of the work of Robert Burns

Thursday 25th January 2018, Old Class Library, St John’s House, 70-72 South Street, St Andrews.

Institute of Scottish Historical Research.

Please join us for a special workshop, marking the anniversary of Robert Burns. This half-day event, sponsored by the St Andrews Institute of Scottish Historical Research, offers an interdisciplinary discussion of the social, cultural, and political memorialization of Robert Burns.

The event is free and open to all. However, for catering purposes, please register your interest with Dr Sean Murphy, sm314@st-andrews.ac.uk.

2.00 – 2.50pm, Panel I: Nineteenth-century perspectives.

The Kirk’s Alarm: Burns and the Church in mid-Victorian Scotland.
Professor Christopher Whatley, (University of Dundee).

A pre-emptive legacy? Robert Burns, the Pennsylvania ‘Scots-Irishman’, and the ‘Rustic Bard’ of New Hampshire.
Dr Sean Murphy, (University of St Andrews).

Tea and coffee break.

3.10 – 4.00pm, Panel II: Burns in post-war politics and writing.

‘See yonder poor’: Burns and the Welfare State (1940s-1950s).
Paul Malgrati, (University of St Andrews).

‘Fiction is not concerned with conclusions’: How James Barke remembered Robert Burns.
Kevin Gallagher, (University of Glasgow).

Tea and coffee break.

4.15 – 5.10pm, Panel III: Robert Burns and contemporary Scots poetry.

Why I write in Scots.
Mhairi Owens, (University of St Andrews).

Selected readings and concluding remarks.
Professor Robert Crawford.

Wine (and whisky) reception.