Royal and monastic island of early medieval Corcu Duibne by Dr Tomás Ó Carragáin

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The Centre started the New Year in continuing the seminar series Islands with a talk by Dr Tomás Ó Carragáin, an expert in early medieval archaeology of Ireland and lecturer at the University College Cork, Ireland, Department of Archaeology. He presented an overview of landscape research on the islands in the early monastic regional kingdom… Continue reading

Scottish Places and Imperial Spaces: St Kilda and Tobago

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On the evening of Tuesday 11th December 2018, the Centre was delighted to welcome two of our very own, Dr Stephen Mullen and Dr Andrew MacKillop, who concluded this year’s seminar series with a fascinating tag-team discussion of two very different ‘Scottish’ islands: St Kilda and Tobago. Our usual venue in 3 University Gardens was… Continue reading

The Temple of the Western Main: Recent research work on the Isle of Staffa

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Author: Aura Bockute, University of Glasgow (Archaeology) On the 13th of November the Centre welcomed Professor Siân Jones (Chair in Environmental History and Heritage at the Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy at the University of Stirling) and Dr Stuart Jeffrey (Reader in Heritage Visualisation at the School of Simulation and Visualisation at Glasgow School… Continue reading

Islands in the Sun? The Gaelic World in Archipelagic Politics c. 1400–c. 1600

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On the evening of Tuesday 6th November, the Centre was delighted to welcome Dr Simon Egan, who continued our Islands theme with a stimulating introduction to his current research project, which investigates the role played by the ‘Gaelic world’ in the wider political theatre of the Atlantic Archipelago (aka the British Isles) from the 15th… Continue reading

Dr Margaret Bennett – ‘The Cregeen Journals: Pathways to Sustainability of Land-Use, Language and Culture (CSCS and DASG collaborative event).

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On the 23rd October the Centre, along with DASG (the Digital Archives of Scottish Gaelic), jointly hosted distinguished ethnologist Dr Margaret Bennett for a seminar and book launch. Dr Bennett, whose notable works include The Last Stronghold: The Scottish Gaelic Traditions of Newfoundland (1989) and Oatmeal and the Catechism: Scottish Gaelic Settlers in Quebec (1998),… Continue reading

‘Eòlas nan Naomh: Early Christianity in Uist’ – Professor Thomas Clancy and Dr Sofia Evemalm

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The new term of the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies seminar series commenced on the 25th September with Professor Clancy and Dr Evemalm’s presentation on their project Eòlas nan Naomh: Early Christianity in Uist. The project, which investigates early Christianity in Uist through place-names associated with Christianity, mainly hagiotoponyms, and archaeological evidence, is jointly… Continue reading

‘In pursuit of the Scotto-Norse: Reconsidering the Viking Graves of Scotland’ – Dr Stephen Harrison (UoG)

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On the 8th May the Centre had the pleasure of welcoming our very own Dr Stephen Harrison to discuss his latest research ‘In Pursuit of the Scotto-Norse: Reconsidering the Viking Graves of Scotland’. Stephen used this opportunity to ‘stick his neck out’ and play with some thoughts and theories that he has developed following on… Continue reading

Fourth Annual John Durkan Memorial Lecture: Sally Mapstone, ‘Dunbar and Colophons’

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On Tuesday 27th March, the Centre was delighted to welcome Prof. Sally Mapstone, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St. Andrews, to deliver the Fourth Annual John Durkan Memorial Lecture. These lectures were established and named in honour of Dr John Durkan (1914–2006), an intellectual giant in the field of Scottish history, focusing on… Continue reading