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New Director appointed for Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies


The Centre is pleased to announce that the School of History, Classics and Archaeology has appointed Dr Nuala Zahedieh as Director in succession to the founding Director, Professor Sir Tom Devine, who retired at the end of July 2014.

EIBF lecture by Founding Director a sell-out in days


Professor Sir Tom Devine’s lecture at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, ‘The Darien Disaster: New Perspectives’, which will be presented at the main Festival venue, has already sold out after only two days of tickets becoming available.

Knighthood for Founding Director


Eminent historian, and current Director of the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies, Tom Devine has received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.


Professor Devine is the first historian of Scotland to be conferred with this honour.


Read more about Professor Devine’s knighthood


Historian featured at International Book Festival


Professor Tom Devine will be appearing in two events at the 2014 Edinburgh International Book Festival.


Professor Devine will lecture on Friday 18 August, in the Main Theatre on 'The Darien Disaster: New Perspectives'.  Here he will present a revised look at one of the most infamous episodes in Scottish history and consider its relevance to today’s referendum debate.

His second appearance is scheduled for Saturday 23 August when he is in discussion with Professor Linda Colley of Princeton on the question of 'End of the British Empire: Links to Scottish Nationalism?'


Find out more about the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Award success for History student


History PhD student, Sophie Cooper, has received an esteemed bursary to help fund a research trip to Australia.

Sophie, a McFarlane scholar based at the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies, currently in the first year of her PhD and supervised by Dr Enda Delaney, was selected for a British Association for Irish Studies (BAIS) Postgraduate Bursary.


The award was presented at the Irish Embassy in Knightsbridge, London on 28 May. Winners met with the Irish Ambassador to Great Britain at the formal awards ceremony.


Her success follows a competitive application process that required applicants to determine why they deserved the fund and detail their plans for the funds.

Homage to Scotland

Prof Tom Devine has recently completed filming a key part in an hour long documentary on Scotland, made by the award-winning Spanish company JWP Productions.


The title of the film is a direct reference to George Orwell's classic 'Homage to Catalonia' and is intended for international distribution.


It views the past and present of Scotland in part through Professor Devine's own life and his interpretation of Scottish history and the contemporary condition of the nation in the year of the referendum on independence.

'Migration Quilt' Exhibition at the Scottish Parliament


In August the work which has arisen from Catriona Taylor’s residency  with the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies is going to be a MSP Exhibition at the Scottish Parliament

The exhibition consists of film work, photography and a “migration quilt” which brings together approximately 100 printed images of objects that people have brought to Scotland to remind them of home.

The exhibition will be seen first as part of The Glboal Migrations of the Scottish People Since 1600 Conference in July 2014




















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