We have now come to the end of our 2016/2017 programmme of Diaspora Studies Graduate Workshops. Many thanks to all our speakers who have made such a valuable contribution to this year’s series.
The Graduate Workshop will recommence in October 2017. If you would like to contribute a paper on a diaspora related topic to the 2017/2018 programme, please contact Alastair Learmont or Devin Grier ( see Contact) by 14 August 2017. You can find further details at Call for Papers
Our next Graduate Workshop takes place on Tuesday 14 March 2017 at 1 pm in G 16 (in the William Robertson Wing of the School of History Classics and Archaeology)
Dr Catriona Ellis who recently received her PhD from the University of Edinburgh will be giving a paper entitled:
Toys and the Movement of Peoples: What The Museum of Childhood’s Collections Tell Us About Material Culture and Childhood.
Toys reflect the interests of adults in collecting as much as of children in playing. What do toys tell us about the movement of peoples? Catriona will base her paper on recent work at Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood
Our next Graduate Workshop will take place on Tuesday 7th February 2017 at 1 pm in Room G 16 in the William Robertson Wing of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology (Doorway 4 of the Old Medical School).
Maria Athanassiou, a third year PhD student at the International Centre for Musical Studies at the University of Newcastle will be speaking on Diasporic Elements and Soft Power in the Modern Greek Poetry set to Music.
Maria’s paper will consider the role of modern Greek poetry set to music, in a cultural and international setting. What does cultural diplomacy mean? In an age of globalisation, how does modern Greek poetry, set to music, represent “soft power”?
Our next workshop will now take place on Tuesday 29th November at 1 pm in G16 of the William Robertson Wing of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology (Doorway 4 of Teviot) when Dr Lucinda Lax, Senior Curator of 18th Century Collections at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, will speak on:
Franciszek Smuglewicz’s James Byres of Tonley and His Family: A Scottish Antiquarian Network in Eighteenth-Century Rome.
Smuglewicz’s portrait of James Byres of Tonley provides the focal point for a consideration of why Scots in general, and Byres in particular, became so prominent as Ciceroni for grand tourists In what ways did Scottish families operate as “corporations” in 18th Century Rome?