This Thursday: the T.C. Smout Lecture in Scottish History


This Thursday, 26 September, the inaugural T. C. Smout Lecture in Scottish History will take place at 5:15pm in the New Arts Building Lecture Theatre.


The lecture will be delivered by Professor Fredrik Albritton Jonsson of the University of Chicago, and will be on ‘Enlightenment’s Frontier: the Scottish Highlands and the Origins of Environmentalism’.

Prof. Jonsson will ask what was the place of the environment in the Scottish Enlightenment? This lecture recovers the forgotten networks of improvers and natural historians that sought to transform the soil, climate, flora, and fauna of Scotland in the eighteenth century. The Highlands offered a great outdoor laboratory for rival liberal and conservative views of nature and society. But when the improvement schemes foundered toward the end of the century, northern Scotland instead became a crucible for anxieties about overpopulation, resource exhaustion, and the physical limits to growth. In this way, the rise and fall of the Enlightenment in the Highlands sheds new light on the origins of environmentalism.

All are welcome and the lecture will be followed by a wine reception.

For further information please contact Prof. Roger Mason, St Andrews Institute of Scottish Historical Research.

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With over forty fulltime 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 Scotland to Byzantium and the Americas to South Asia. Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching, 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.

One Response to This Thursday: the T.C. Smout Lecture in Scottish History

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