Weekly Digest 26 May 2017

What delightful summer weather we’re having in Scotland this weekend- so while you’re out enjoying the sun have a wee glance at the digest for new CfPs, events, and all things #histscot!

Our blog post this week is by Paul Bristow, who wrote a fascinating piece on how comics can tell us much about Scottish history. Check it out!  If you’d like to contribute a post about what you do in Scottish history please get in touch.

Our Scottish History Network School Essay Prize, aimed at Scottish school students doing Higher and Advanced Higher History is ongoing. There are some great prizes offers available, thanks to Historic Environment Scotland, History Scotland and Blackwell’s Bookstore. This is a great opportunity for any students thinking about continuing with history at university so spread the word.

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

2 July: Guided Walk: Arthur’s Secrets, Historic Environment Scotland, Arthur’s Seat


3 June: Transatlantic Literary Women, Glasgow Women’s Library

6 June: Gender and the Study of Murder in 19th Century Scottish Universities, CGH Research Seminar

6 June: Using Film for Local and Family History Research Workshop, National Library of Scotland, Kelvin Hall

7 June: Maps Gathering with the National Library of Scotland, Kelvin Hall

13 June: The Open Archive: Anti-Nuclear Movements, Glasgow’s Women’s Library

9 July: Necropolis Women’s Heritage Walk, James White Monument in Cathedral Square


2-4 June: D-Day at Fort George, Historic Environment Scotland


27 May: Insight Tour: Clackmannan Tower Archaeology, Historic Environment Scotland


28 May: Round the Tower, Historic Environment Scotland, Abernathy Round Tower


15 June: Ness of Brodger: Structure 10, A Neolithic Cathedral, with Nick Card, Orkney Archaeology Society

Strath Brora

15 June: Gordonbush Estate: Setting the Archives in Context, Clyne Heritage Society and Centre for Scotland’s Land Futures

New Publications
Alastair J Macdonald and Jim MacPherson, eds. Northern Scotland: Volume 8 pf New Series (2017) (May)

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)

Angela McCarthy and John M MacKenzie, eds. Global Migrations: The Scottish Diaspora Since 1600. (July- paperback)

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

Courses and Conferences
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: “Thinking about mythology in the 21st century”, University of Edinburgh, due 15 June

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

CfP: Celebration, Commemoration, and Collaboration: Milestones in the History of Education, deadline 31 July

CfP: Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment, Griffith University and University of Queensland, deadline 1 August

Register: 400 Years in 140 Characters (Edinburgh Meetup), Scottish Heritage Social Media Group, May 31

Register: The Cultures of the Reformation: A Colloquium in Honour of Professor Jane Dawson, Martinhall, Edinburgh, 1 June

Register: Scottish History: Works in Progress, Scottish Historical Review Trust, Dundee, 2-3 June – Bursaries now available for attending students!

Register: Seeing Eye to Eye? Conflicts in History Conference, 16-17 June

Register: Postgraduate/Early Career Study Day: Female Networks 1750-1950, University of Glasgow, 29 June.

News, opportunities and miscellany
PhD: Archaeology MLitt, University of the Highlands and Islands, closes 19 June

PhD:  Teaching Assistantship, University of Plymouth, closes 18 June

Job: Learning Assistant, Historic Environment Scotland, closes 31 May

Job: Director of ICT, National Records of Scotland

Job: Lecturer in Museum Studies, University of Glasgow, closes 11 June.

Job: Three FT posts with Highland Archives

Volunteer: Researchers for MS Fettercairn papers, National Library of Scotland, 19-30 June

Prize: The Public History Prize, Royal Historical Society, closes 30 November

Young Sir Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction Writers

Experienced diggers wanted: Ness of Brodgar dig, August


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