‘Crafting Christian Landscapes: Early Medieval Stone Sculpture in North-Western Europe’

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On 14 February 2017, the Centre welcomed Anouk Busset (University of Glasgow) to discuss ‘Crafting Christian Landscapes: Early Medieval Stone Sculpture in North-Western Europe’. In this seminar, she discussed several case studies from her PhD research, including two from Sweden, two from Ulster, and one from Strathmore. She related each site to the theme of movement… Continue reading

‘Còmhraidhean nan Cnoc. The Nineteenth Century Gaelic Prose Dialogue’ Book Launch

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On 31 January 2017, the Centre hosted a book launch for Dr. Sheila Kidd’s new book, ‘Còmhraidhean nan Cnoc. The Nineteenth Century Gaelic Prose Dialogue.’ A glowing review of the title, peppered with anecdotes from Sheila’s University days, was given by Dr. Sheila Kidd’s mentor, Professor Donald E. Meek. In addition to the refreshments provided, we… Continue reading

‘Robert Burns, Glasgow, Song’

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On 24 January, 2017, the Centre welcomed Dr. Gerard Carruthers (University of Glasgow) to discuss ‘Robert Burns, Glasgow, Song’. In this seminar, he described the historic context of several of Robert Burns’s poems and songs and how each related to the poet’s connections in Glasgow. Gerard was joined by Alison and Fiona McNeil of the band… Continue reading

‘Pop Culture Picts and the Imaginary Hadrian’s Wall’

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On 17 January, 2017, the Centre welcomed Dr. Adrián Maldonado (University of Glasgow) to discuss  ‘Pop Culture Picts and the Imaginary Hadrian’s Wall’. Adrián began by stating that, while this is not a typical topic for archaeologists, it is worth studying the messages that history-themed movies and video games convey to the general audience. While sometimes considered… Continue reading

‘Scottish workers in France, 1815-1870’

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On 10 January, 2017, the Centre welcomed Fabrice Bensimon (Université Paris-Sorbonne) to discuss ‘Scottish workers in France, 1815-1870’. In his lecture he focused on the experiences of the approximately 1,000 – 1,500 linen workers from Dundee that emigrated to France from 1815-1870. He discussed the practicalities of migrating to these areas to work in linen… Continue reading

‘Govan Young and Old: Towards a Sustainable Future’

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On 6 December 2016, the Centre welcomed Dr. Stephen Driscoll (University of Glasgow) and Dr. David Archibald (University of Glasgow Film & TV Studies) to discuss ‘Govan Old: towards a Sustainable Future’ and to present the short film Govan Young. Stephen began by saying that this lecture was meant to stimulate discussion on what constitutes sustainability and… Continue reading

‘Finn macCumaill’s Places’

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On 29 November, 2016, the Centre welcomed Professor Elizabeth FitzPatrick (School of Geography and Archaeology, NUI Galway) to discuss ‘Finn macCumaill’s Places’ for the Eleventh Annual Angus Matheson Memorial Lecture. The Annual Angus Matheson Memorial Lecture began in 2006 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Chair of Celtic in the University… Continue reading

‘Early Irish Migrations to Scotland – Difficulties, Debates and DNA’

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On 28 November, 2016, the Centre welcomed Cathy Swift (Director of Irish Studies in Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick) to discuss ‘Early Irish Migrations to Scotland – Difficulties, Debates and DNA.’ Diasporic peoples are becoming increasingly interested in where their ancestors came from, especially people from the United States and Australia. Recently, DNA analysis has… Continue reading

‘Ireland and the Art of Stone Carving in Early Medieval Europe’

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Professor Roger Stalley, Fellow Emeritus of Trinity College Dublin, gave the Dalrymple Lectures this year in the Sir Charles Wilson Building. His four lectures focused on different aspects of the art of stone carving of the Irish High Crosses. The abstracts from each of his lectures is provided below: Ireland and the art of stone… Continue reading

‘Expanding the conversation: a previously unedited poem from Acallam na Senórach’

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On 8 November, 2016, the Centre welcomed Geraldine Parsons (University of Glasgow) to discuss ‘Expanding the conversation: a previously unedited poem from Acallam na Senórach’. Geraldine Parsons began by saying that this lecture focuses on a short section of the Acallam na Senórach, which she described as “a lengthy, complex vernacular literary narrative written circa 1200.” It is… Continue reading