A three-day international conference, starting on 22 October 2009, in Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, one of Scotland’s premier arts facilities.
At a time when the population of the Highlands of Scotland is rising for the first time in centuries, this gathering brings together prominent academics, historians and other experts from around the world to throw new light on movements to and from our country.
Bookings are available for one, two or three days through Eden Court Theatre, Inverness (see our website to book online. An early bird discount applies until 31 May 2009.
There will be associated cultural and heritage events surrounding the conference as part of Homecoming Scotland 2009.
FULL CONFERENCE PROGRAMME
Official opening by Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond MSP, Chaired by broadcaster and writer Lesley Riddoch
Opening keynote speaker: Professor John MacKenzie
Session 1: The peoples who made Scotland
Dr Dauvit Broun: "The arrival of the Gaels in Pictland"
Alex Woolf: "The English in Scotland before the Wars of Independence."
James Fraser, University of Edinburgh (title TBC)
Session 2: Scotland and Europe in the Medieval and Early Modern Period
Dr David Ditchburn: "Emigrants and Immigrants in the Later Middle Ages, c.1349-c.1542"
Dr Steve Murdoch: "Scotland and Europe in Early Modern Period"
Dr David Worthington: "'The apparition of the Polander': historians and memory of the pre-1707 Scottish diaspora'
Session 3: Incomers
Dr Enda Delaney: "Scotland and the nineteenth century diaspora"
Dr Philomena de Lima: "'A Highland Welcome' - Experiences of contemporary immigration and migration in the Highlands"
Dr Margaret Bennett: Singer, Writer, Folklorist and Broadcaster (title TBC)
Empire and beyond
Presented by Professor Ted Cowan (Professor of Scottish History at the University of Glasgow, and head of the Crichton Campus at Dumfries)
Session 1: The Transatlantic Dimension
Professor Margaret Connell Szasz: “Scottish educators and indigenous education: from the Highlands to Native North America during the Eighteenth Century”
Douglas Gibson: “The Canadian Connection : Hugh Maclennan, Alistair Macleod and Alice Munro”
Professor Ferenc Morton Szasz: “Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns: Connected Lives and Legends”
Session 2: New Zealand Adventures
Rebecca Lenihan: “Patterns of Scottish settlement in New Zealand”
Professor Angela McCarthy: “Migration, Ethnicity and Insanity in New Zealand, 1863-1907”
Rosalind McClean: "Dispersion or Diaspora? Scottish migration and settlement in Aotearoa New Zealand"
Session 3: Comparative Perspectives
Professor Michael Vance: “Scottish Patriarchy in Upper Canada and the Cape Colony: A Comparison”
Dr Marjory Harper: "Entrepreneurs, Exiles and Enigmas: snapshots of Scottish emigrants in the twentieth century"
Dr Tanja Bueltmann: "Highland Associational culture in the Scottish diaspora"
Professor Graeme Morton: “Scottish Associational Identity in the Empire”
Evening session: Keynote speaker, Professor Eric Richards; “Australia and Scotland: the Evolution of a Long-distance Relationship”
Presented by Andrew MacKillop of Aberdeen University
Keynote Speech: Professor Jim Hunter, Director of the UHI Centre for History, "Coming Home: The Highlands as a place to be, not a place to leave.”
Dr Tony Pollard: Introduction
Session 1: 'No great mischief if they fall' The Scottish soldier at home and abroad in the 17th to 19th centuries
Dr Stana Nenadic: "Scottish Gentry and the Military"
Dr Padraig Lenihan: "Contrasting Fortunes:James Douglas and Hugh Mackay in Ireland 1690-91"
Vicky Henshaw: "British Army and Occupation in Scotland"
Dr Tony Pollard: "The Jacobite Way of War: An archaeological Perspective"
Session Two: Scots in Continental Service
Dr Daniel Szechi: "Scots (Jacobites) on the Continent"
Dr Steve Murdoch: "Scots and the Thirty Years War"
Professor Stephen Conway: "Seven Years War"
Session Three: Foundations of the Empire
Lt Col Ian MacPherson MacCulloch: "Scots and the Seven Years War in Canada"
Professor Edward Spiers: Scottish soldier: imperial image and impact
Session Close: Dr Tony Pollard and Chair
Keynote Speech: Dr Ewan Cameron (title TBC)
Introduced by Professor Robert Cormack, principal of UHI
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