Dr Esther Mijers to take up Visiting Scholarship in the Institute of Scottish Historical Research

Esther Mijers

Dr Esther Mijers, lecturer in history at the University of Reading, has been awarded a visiting scholarship in the Institute of Scottish Historical Research during the academic year 2013-14.

Dr Mijers specializes in late seventeenth century Scotland and the wider world. Dr Mijers completed her PhD at St Andrews on Scottish students at Dutch universities and has since moved into both Atlantic and European history. As a post-doc at Aberdeen, she worked on a project called ‘American colonies, Scottish entrepeneurs and British state formation’, during which she became interested in the role of the Scots and other minor and non-dominant groups in the Atlantic.

(c) Glasgow Museums; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation


Dr Mijers writes: “I am endlessly fascinated by periods of transition and change, like the later 17th century, and moves towards modernity. My new project looks at the life and career of William Carstares (1649-1715), nicknamed ‘The Cardinal’, the Presbyterian chaplain and adviser of William III, who is credited with being the father of religious moderatism and the Scottish Enlightenment. As an ISHR Visiting Scholar, I will be working on this and also hope to organize a colloquium on Scotland in the 1690s to set Carstares’ political career in a wider context. I am looking forward to being back in St Andrews.”

About standrewshistory
With over forty full time members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from S cotland to Byzantium and the Americas to the Middle East and South Asia.Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching and tutorials allowing for in depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

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