Dr Esther Mijers to take up Visiting Scholarship in the Institute of Scottish Historical Research
April 30, 2013 Leave a comment
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.
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.”