2014 T.C. Smout Lecture in Scottish History Announced
September 2, 2014 Leave a comment
The St Andrews School of History is pleased to announce that the 2014 T.C. Smout Lecture in Scottish History will be delivered by Professor Christopher A. Whatley.
Professor Whatley is Emeritus Professor in Scottish History at the University of Dundee, where until recently he was Vice-Principal. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and author of an acclaimed series of books and articles on modern Scottish history, notably Scottish Society, 1707-1830 : Beyond Jacobitism, Towards Industrialization (2000) and The Scots and the Union (2006; revd edn 2014).
The lecture will take place at 5:15 on Thursday 2 October in the Arts Lecture Theatre at the University of St Andrews, on the title of: “Burns by an Englishman is impossible”: sculptors, statues and the contested memory of Robert Burns.
Britain, it has been said, went ‘statue mad’ in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. In Scotland (and North America) numerous statues of Robert Burns were erected. This lecture will explore the reasons for the surge of enthusiasm for permanent memorials of a poet who had died in 1796. What will also be revealed are the personal, ideological, and aesthetic tensions that characterized many of the statue building projects, and the furious – and frank – debates that followed as towns and sculptors vied with other to erect a fitting monument to the ‘Poet of the Scotch’ during a period of political reform, urban improvement and intensifying Scottish national sentiment.
The lecture will be chaired by the University Principal, Prof Louise Richardson.