Reformation Studies Reading Weekend, 7th-9th November

For many years now the Reformation Studies Institute has organized an annual reading party in the Highlands. Last year for the first time we joined forces with the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Early Modern Studies and took a large group of staff and students to The Burn at Edzell. The event was such a success that we repeated it this year, with even more people…

The Burn is a magnificent eighteenth-century house set within spectacular grounds. With woodland and river walks, a croquet lawn, table tennis, snooker and a bar well stocked with local whiskies it provides the ideal setting for a weekend conference.

The reading party gathered on Friday evening. First up were the senior staff, who, after a good dinner, entertained their audience with ‘War stories: tales from the archival front line’. On Saturday and Sunday PhD students at various stages in their research presented papers, on topics ranging from advertising in Dutch newspapers to excess in Marlowe’s ‘Dido, Queen of Carthage’ and new digital methods in the humanities. The panels were all excellent, and the standard of discussion was very high indeed. As director of the Institute, I’m hugely grateful to all those who came and who took part with such enthusiasm.

The weekend provides a fantastic opportunity for staff and students to get to know each other and to have fruitful informal discussions about their research. Thanks to the presence of a number of gifted musicians, the Saturday evening was especially fun. The next reading weekend will take place from 13th-15th November 2015. Looking forward to it already…

By Dr Bridget Heal.

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