ISHR Visiting Research Fellowship 2014-15 awarded to Prof. Paul Pickering

The Institute of Scottish Historical Research is delighted to announce that the ISHR Visiting Research Fellowship for 2014-15 been awarded to Professor Paul Pickering, Director of the Research School of the Humanities and the Arts at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Professor Paul Pickering is an historian of Britain, Ireland and Australia and is interested in political and cultural history, biography, public memory and commemoration, and the study of reenactment as an historical method. He has written and edited books including Historical Reenactment: From Realism to the Affective Turn (2010); Feargus O’Connor: A Political Life (2008); Unrespectable Radicals? Popular Politics in the Age of Reform (2007); Contested Sites: Commemoration, Memorial and Popular Politics in Nineteenth-Century Britain (2004); Friends of the People: The Uneasy Radicals in the Age of the Chartists (2002); and The People’s Bread: A History of the Anti-Corn Law League (2000). Professor Pickering has published articles in journals including Past & Present, the English Historical Review, Labour History ReviewHistory, and Australian Historical Studies.

Professor Pickering has been the primary investigator on three Australian Research Council major projects, Democratic Voices: The impact of British democrats on political, social and cultural development, c. 1840-2001; Homes for the people: A study of the Peter Lalor Housing Co-Operative, 1974-2004; and most recently Sounds of Empire: Popular Politics and Music in the Nineteenth Century; and secondary investigator on a fourth ARC project, Urban Imaginaries/Cultural Landscapes: An Asia-Pacific Transnational and Cross-Cultural Research Collaboration.

While with the ISHR in St Andrews, Professor Pickering will be working on a project called Lives in Two Hemispheres: A Group Biography of Scottish Radicals in Colonial Australia. This project will consider a group of Scottish migrants who made a sustained contribution to Australia’s political development in the middle of the nineteenth century, including John Dunmore Lang, Australia’s first republican and an outspoken supporter of self-government, democratic reform and separation from the ‘Mother Country’. During his long career, Lang made nine return trips to Britain to promote immigration schemes to Australia. Lang is one of six radicals and reformers at the heart of the project. The others are: Ebenezer Syme; Charles Jardine Don; George Edward Thomson; David Buchanan; and James Service.

Prof. Pickering will present his research to the staff and postgraduate students in the ISHR and the School of History in seminars and workshops during his fellowship in St Andrews.