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Irish Minister Visits Diaspora Centre


The Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies recently hosted a meeting with the Irish Government’s Minister of State for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan TD.


Minister Deenihan, on an official visit to Scotland, was keen to hear about the work of the Centre and about diaspora studies in Scotland, with a view to exploring how the Irish Government and academic institutions might support and develop excellence in the field.


The Director of the Centre, Dr Nuala Zahedieh, introduced the event, which took place on 23 April, and staff and postgraduate students from the Centre provided a range of presentations covering historical analyses of Scottish and Irish global diasporas as well as research into diaspora heritage and governmental policy.


The event was also attended by the Consul General of Ireland, Pat Bourne.


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Showcasing research to Scottish Government


On 24 April the SCDS held a presentation and roundtable discussion of Dr Tawny Paul's research on heritage and Scotland's young Diaspora. The research, which considers the nature of individual encounters with Scottish heritage, has implications for Scotland's future Diaspora Engagement. The event was held in co-operation with the Scottish Government's Tourism and Major Events Division. It was attended by policy consultants, members of the Scottish Ancestral Tourism Group and individuals working in the Scottish Government International Division.


Congratulations to Sarah McCaslin and Sonia Baker who recent completed their PhD


Sarah's PhD dissertation title is 'Celebrating Scotland: Scottish Clubs in Scotland and America, 1760-1860'.


Sonia's PhD dissertation title is 'Scots in the West Indies in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries'.

Dr Wendy Ugolini in BBC Radio Scotland Debate

Dr Wendy Ugolini recently participated in a BBC Radio Scotland debate on immigration.


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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.

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.


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