The Institute of Scottish Historical Research runs a popular research seminar programme, with visiting speakers delivering papers on a broad range of topics. Meetings are held in the New Seminar Room, St John’s House, 71 South Street, St Andrews (unless otherwise stated). Talks begin at 5:15pm (drinks and nibbles are served).

Institute of Scottish Historical Research Seminars Semester 1, 2018-19

Semester Two

Thursday 31st January (Week 1)
Postgraduate Work in Progress Panel

James Inglis (University of St Andrews)
‘ “With secrecy and despatch”: typewriting offices in Scotland, 1880s-1920s’

Sarah Leith (University of St Andrews)
‘Sex, whisky and “Rock and Reel”: re-imagining national identity during the Scottish folk revival’

Thursday 14th February (Week 3)
Rory Scothorne (University of Edinburgh)
‘“Stop the World”: Intellectuals and Internationalism in 1970s Scotland’

Thursday 28th February (Week 5)
Diane Watters (Historic Environment Scotland)
‘“Fife Looks Ahead”: Glenrothes and the New Town movement in Scotland’

Thursday 14th March (Week 7)
Dr Corey Gibson (University of Glasgow)
‘“The Scotland in which there is no repetition”: Independence and the Literary Imaginary, from the Interwar Renaissance to IndyRef2’

Thursday 11th April (Week 9)
Dr Amy Blakeway (University of St Andrews)
‘The Long Shadow of War: 1550s Scotland and the aftermath of the Rough Wooings’


Semester One

Thursday 20th September (Week 1)
Dr Mary-Anne Constantine (University of Wales)
‘The Many Voices of Thomas Pennant: Writing Travel in Late 18th Century Britain’

Thursday 4th October (Week 3) Annual Smout Lecture
Professor Charles Withers (University of Edinburgh)
‘Geographies of the Prime Meridian: Ruling the World – from St Andrews, Paris, Washington…’

Thursday 18th October (Week 5)
Professor Michael Brown (University of St Andrews)
‘Leading the Realm’s Estate: Royal Authority and the transformation of fifteenth-century Scotland’

Thursday 8th November (Week 8)
Dr Jemma Field (Brunel University)
‘The Political Wardrobe: Anna of Denmark and the uses of Clothing and Jewellery at the courts of James VI and I’

Thursday 22nd November (Week 10)
Dr Alison Duncan (University of St Andrews)
‘Social Position – networks, status and the physical city in Georgian Edinburgh’