Weekly Digest 12 May 2017

Hello, and welcome to this week’s digest.

There’s plenty going on over the rest of the month, with lots of interesting events at the Borders Science Festival (a couple of our top picks are listed below) and various talks and exhibitions across Scotland and further afield. It’s also a bumper week for job adverts, with a large number of academic and heritage jobs closing in the next few months.

This week, our own Fraser Raeburn wrote a blog post for the Scottish Heritage and Social Media Group about what we do at SHN and how we use social media. On that note — we still have some spaces available for posts on the SHN blog throughout the summer months. If you’d like to contribute a post about what you do in Scottish history please get in touch.

As always, if we have missed anything, or you have something you’d like us to include in the future, please get in touch at scottishhistorynetwork@gmail.com, on Twitter @ScotHistNetwork or via our Facebook page.

– The Scottish History Network Team

Public lectures, seminars and events

Register Now: ‘The Mavis of Clan Donald’: Engaging with John MacCodrum, Professor William Gillies, University of Edinburgh, 16 May

17 May: Jim Hunter, ‘Wild land, rewilding and repeopling’, 4-6pm, Old Infirmary, Drummond Street, University of Edinburgh

Register Now: John Borland, A Journey Through Scotland’s Past: Age of Warriors (Picts and Celts), Longmore House, 18 May

Register Now: Beyond the Wall: Scottish Inspirations in the Game of Thrones Universe, Canongate, 24 May

3 June: Celebrating Heritage Volunteers Symposium, National Museum of Scotland

Ongoing: ‘The Tomb’ Exhibition, National Museum of Scotland

Month of May: Various themed tours, National Museum of Scotland


Register Now: Centre of Gender History, ‘Parenting and the Law:’ Public Engagement Workshop, Glasgow’s Women’s Library, 22 May

Ongoing: Clyde Life Exhibition, Riverside Museum.


24 May: Juliet Shields, ‘When Scotswomen Ran the Press’, Verdant Works

Register Now: Scottish History – Works in Progress, Scottish Historical Review Trust, 2 June

Register Now: ‘The Information Landscape in Scotland: 1600-1900’, University of Dundee, 1 July


18 May: A new look at Mungo Park’s archives, Heritage Hub, Hawick (part of the Borders Science Festival)


24 May: Mary Somerville: Self-Taught Woman of Science, Kelso Library (part of the Borders Science Festival)


25 May: ‘King Robert, the ‘Bruce”, Dr Fiona Watson, Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries

Ongoing: East Neuk Unearthed, programme of exhibitions and events (ends 30 July)

Highlands and Islands

20 May: First World War Discovery Day, Highlanders’ Museum, Fort George

22 May: Hugo Anderson-Whymark, ‘Capturing Neolithic Orkney in 3D’ and OAS Annual General Meeting, The Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall

15 June: Nick Card, Ness of Brodgar: Structure 10, A Neolithic Cathedral, Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall

Ongoing: Alison Scott, Geoprophesy (exhibition on the history of geological exploration in Scotland), Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.


Register Now: Public lecture: Ending Violence Against Women in Scotland. University of Stirling, 24 May


Ongoing: ‘Aberdonians in the Americas’ Exhibition, King’s Museum


18 May: John Moore, ‘Glasgow and its maps: how cartography has reflected the highs and lows of the second city of the empire’, Warburg Institute


Register Now: Union and Disunion in the Nineteenth Century (22-23 June, registration closes 8 June)


18 May: Elizabeth Bonner, ‘War, Politics and Inheritance in the ‘Auld Alliance’: a Review of the Inheritance of Sir John Stewart of Darnley’s French Titles following his Death in 1429’, Sydney Society for Scottish History

New Publications
Northern Scotland, Special issue: Papers from ‘Land and People in Northern Scotland – the Strathnaver Conference’, September 2014

Philip Freeman, Celtic Mythology: Tales of Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes, (25 May)

Ann Rigney, The Afterlives of Walter Scott: Memory on the Move, (6 July)

Linden Bicket, George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic Imagination (July)

Gilbert Markus, Conceiving a Nation: Scotland to 900 AD (July)

Andrew R.C. Simpson and Adelyn L.M. Wilson, Scottish Legal History, vol. 1, 1000-1707 (July)

Courses and Conferences
CfP: ‘Contemporary British History Now’, King’s College London, deadline 19 May

CfP: The Reformation: 500 Years On, European Reformation Research Group Annual Meeting, University of Liverpool, deadline 26 May

CfP: Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference, deadline 30 May

CfP: British Society for the History of Medicine Congress, Surgeon’s Hall, Edinburgh, deadline 31 May

CfP: Poster Session for Postgraduates and Postdoctoral Researchers as part of the ‘Political Petitioning and Public Engagement in Early Modern Scotland, Britain and Northern Europe, 1550-1795’ series, University of Glasgow, deadline 1 June

CfP: The State of Maritime Historical Research, University of Greenwich, deadline 1 June

CfP: Out of Place: Vagrancy and Settlement, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, deadline 30 June

CfP: Pamphleteering Culture, 1558-1702, University of Edinburgh, deadline 30 June

CfP: Building the Scottish Diaspora: Scots and the Colonial Built Environment, 1700-1920, University of Edinburgh, deadline 24 July

CfP: ‘The communities and margins of Early Modern Scotland’, University of Glasgow, deadline 28 July

CfP: ‘The Many Faces of War- Changing Perspectives on Armed Conflict’, BCHM New Research in Military History Conference, Cambridge, deadline 1 September.

CfP: Society for Renaissance Studies 8th Biennial Conference, University of Sheffield, deadline 1 September

Register: Screening of ‘The Battle of the Somme’ film, UHI, 17 May

Register: ‘A Journey through Scotland’s Past: Age of Warriors (Picts and Celts)’, Longmore House, 18 May

Register: ‘Rural Settlement Workshop’,University of Edinburgh, closes 4 June.

Register: Community Archives: Opportunities and Challenges, Lews Castle, Isle of Lewis, 14-15 June.

Register: Scotland’s Earliest People, their Landscape and Houses, Edinburgh (venue TBC), 17 June.

Register: Women Negotiating the Boundaries of Justice: Britain and Ireland, c.1100-1750, 28-29 June.

Register: ‘Rethinking Modern British Studies Conference’, 5-7 July – Free spaces available!

News and miscellany
Collaborative PhD studentship: Engineering ‘Modern’ Scotland: The Stevenson Maps and Plans and Scotland’s Built Infrastructure, c.1800-1900, University of Edinburgh and National Library of Scotland, closes 19 May

Fellowship: Jenny Wormald Junior Research Fellowship in Women’s History, St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, closes 1 June

Job: Teaching Fellow in Twentieth Century British History, King’s College London,closes 7 May

Job: Lecturer in Social Subjects (Modern Studies and History), University of Strathclyde, closes 9 May

Job: Assistant Historian, Historic Environment Scotland, closes 17 May

Job: Seven steward positions, various locations, Historic Environment Scotland, closes 17 May

Job: Two PT Teaching Assistant posts, University of the Highlands and Islands, closes 19 May

Job: Lecturer in Modern British Gender History, University of Glasgow, closes 20 May

Job: Eight senior positions at AHRC, closing dates various, from 21 May

Job: Director of Development and Partnership, Historic Environment Scotland, closes 26 May

Job: Director, Cockburn Association, closes 26 May

Job: Chair in Early Modern History, University of Manchester, closes 2 June

Job: Chair in Medieval History, University of Manchester, closes 2 June

Job: Four posts in Legal History, University of St Andrews, closes 4 June

Job: Editorial Fellows at History Workshop Journal, closes 30 June

Job: Three FT posts with Highland Archives

Grant: History of Education small grants, closes 1 September

Experienced diggers wanted: Ness of Brodgar dig, August

Hold your own event for the first ever Heritage Awareness Day, 6 October


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