2014 T.C. Smout Lecture in Scottish History Announced

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.

The inaugural T.C. Smout Lecture, delivered by Professor Fredrik Jonsson, can be listened to here.

 

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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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