Spring 2017 Programme


“A CORONACH IN THE BACKWOODS”, by George W. Simson, 1859


The Diaspora Studies Graduate Workshop takes place at  1-2 pm in G16 in the William Robertson Wing of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology (Door Way 4 of the Old Medical School) on the dates listed.

All are most welcome to attend.


  • 12 January:  Jennifer McCoy  (Federation University, Australia)

Emigration: Scotland to Australia 1840 – 1870. Was the Effort Really Worthwhile?’

Jennifer McCoy considers the contribution of  working class Scottish immigrants  to the development of far eastern high country Victoria in the mid-to-late 19th Century :  a social history of regional development based on family micro history.

  • 7 February : Maria Athanassiou ( University of Newcastle)

‘Diasporic Elements and Soft Power in the Modern Greek Poetry set to Music”

Modern Greek poetry set to music through the spectrum of cultural diplomacy.  The paper assesses diasporic perspectives on cross- and intercultural grounds with reference to poetry, its translation and interpretation in other languages.

  • 28 February:  Maria Alonso  (Universidade de Vigo, Spain)

‘Crisis, Migration and Precariousness: The New Galician Diaspora as a Case Study’

This paper explores how the economic crisis that has devastated Spain in the last ten years has affected a whole generation of highly qualified young professionals who are now earning their living abroad, specifically in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

  • 14 March: Catriona Ellis  (University of Edinburgh)

‘Toys and the Movement of Peoples: What The Museum of Childhood’s Collections Tell Us About Material Culture and Childhood’

What do toys tell us about the movement of peoples? Toys reflect the interests of adults in collecting, rather than children in playing.  Toys are used to represent an ‘exotic’ life.

  • 4 April:  Grant Collie (Massey University, New Zealand)

 ‘Emigrant Scottish Miners in the NZ Tunnelling Company: 1915-1919’

Grant Collie tells the story  of 62 Scottish members of the New Zealand Tunnelling Company who emigrated to New Zealand in  1880-1914.  Previously, many had worked as miners in the central belt of Scotland. But who were they?  And what were the reasons for their emigration?