Autumn 2017 Programme

3 October - Glassford Family Portrait

John Glassford and his family, Archibald McLauchlin 1767, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

  • 3 October:  Marenka Thompson-Odlum (University of Glasgow)

Glassford’s Virginia: Imagining the Scottish Diaspora in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake Bay

According to records, 18th century Glaswegian Tobacco Lord, John Glassford, never actually visited Virginia but his family portrait contains visual clues which relate to interests managed by his Scottish agents. Marenka Thompson-Odlum examines the Scottish Diaspora in mid-18th century Virginia.  To what extent was Glassford’s vision imagined?  How did it affect his relationship with his factors?

  • 17 October: Tom Addyman (Addyman Archaeology)

The Scottish Cemetery in Kolkata

The Scottish Cemetery in Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, was the resting place of many Scots associated with the East India Company, the tea and the jute trades.  As part of a team assembled by the Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust, archaeologist Tom Addyman has played an important role in researching and recording the contents of the site, enhancing our understanding of the cemetery’s historic and diasporic significance.  He presents an overview.

  • 31 October: Meg Foster (University of New South Wales)

Black Douglas: the Bushranger and the Man

The Gold Rushes of the 1850s coincided with an immense surge of immigration to the Australian colonies but the gold fields required new means of keeping order.  Meg Foster disentangles the myth and reality behind the story of Black Douglas, the terror of the gold fields. What were his roots?  How does myth and reality interact?  and what was the effect of his story on the popular imagination?

  • 14 November: Peter Kormylo ( University of Glasgow)

The Establishment of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain and its influence on the Ukrainian Diaspora in Scotland

Following WWII, Europe was awash with political refugees and displaced persons. Britain began to accept many of these as European Voluntary Workers.  Peter Kormylo’s research sheds light on an understudied community which settled in Scotland immediately post war. It considers  the Ukrainian diaspora within a template of Scotland as an immigrant -receiving country.

  • 28 November:  Rianna Walcott (Kings College, London)

Conceptualising Whiteness in the Black Imagination

Rianna Walcott’s research explores the literary treatment of black protagonists in London in the wake of post WWII migration from the West Indies. How do black conceptualisations of racial and national identity vary across generations? and how do black diasporic subjects create spaces of agency from which to observe and discuss whiteness?