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School of History, Classics and Archaeology
Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies

The Global Scot debate, McEwan Hall, 30 Oct 2008

Centre Events


Migration, Museums, and Memorials


11-13 February 2015


National Museum of Scotland


When, how, and why is Scotland’s migration history represented in museums, galleries, and memorials and how does it compare with depictions of other movements including the Great Irish Famine, slavery, the holocaust, and refugee flows?




The Scotland and slavery project


Research Objectives and Results; a lecture by Professor Sir Tom Devine


18 February 2015


14.00 - 16.00


Meadows Lecture Theatre, William Robertson Building, Teviot Place


Join Professor Sir Tom devine as he speaks on the subject of Scotland, slavery and amnesia.


The event will take the form of a lecture followed by questions and is open to all staff, students and members of the public. Refreshments will follow the lecture.


Book your place online





Reparations for Slavery Conference

5-7 November 2015




Repairing the Past, Imagining the Future: Reparations and Beyond....


An International, Interdisciplinary Event at the University of Edinburgh, UK, in collaboration with Wheelock College, Boston, US




Diaspora Seminar Series


The Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies hosts seminars throughout the academic year, which are open to all.



Unless otherwise stated, the seminars take place from 17.30 in room G.14 William Robertson Wing, Teviot Place, full details in the schedule below.



A drinks reception will follow. Everyone is warmly welcome.


Events schedule


Semester 2 2014/15 Date Topic Speaker

Wednesday 14 January



Sand through the fingers: tracing notions of Scottish cultural identity in the narrative of New Zealand missionary families


Hugh Morrison (University of Otago)



Wednesday 11 February


What to do when TV talks back. Racism and broadcasting in the 1970s Britain


Gavin Schaffer (University of Birmingham)


Wednesday 11 March


The price of trust. Jamaica, the Jewish diaspora and Spanish American trade


Nuala Zahedieh (University of Edinburgh)




Diaspora Studies Graduate Workshop

The Diaspora Studies Graduate Workshop takes place usually every two weeks on Tuesdays during the autumn and spring semesters. Workshops are an hour long and will ordinarily meet at 1.00pm in room G16 in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place. 

The second semester workshop series will begin on 20th January 2015.


Graduate Workshop information and schedule


email Sophie Cooper for further information



4th in Slavery Lecture Series


The Hemingses of Monticello: Writing the Biography of an Enslaved Family




Annette Gordon-Reed



Charles Warren Professor of Legal History at Harvard


Thursday 27th November 2014, 18.00hrs


Meadows Lecture Theatre, William Robertson Wing, Teviot Place, Edinburgh

followed by a drinks reception


Register and obtain your free ticket here






Events of interest outside the Centre


Recovering Scotland's Slavery Past


Mitchell Library,Glasgow

3rd October 2014


9.00am - 4.45pm


'Recovering Scotland's Slavery Past' is the first ever conference to focus on this controversial subject. Supported by the Economic and Social Research Council UK, its objective is to present cutting edge research in an accessible form to a broad public audience as well as to senior  school pupils, fellow historians, archivists and students. All those scholars who have provided new evidence, insights and perspectives in this field will speak at the event. Themes addressed will include Scottish slave ownership; merchants and slavery; the impact of slavery profits on the Scottish economy; Scots in English slaving ports; Scottish contemporary perceptions of slavery; Scottish literature and slavery; lost to history: Scotland, slavery and amnesia.


Speakers include: Professor Sir Tom Devine, Dr Stuart Nisbet, Dr Eric J Graham, Professor Suzanne Schwarz, Dr Nick Draper, Dr David Alston, Stephen Mullen, Dr Nicholas Evans, Dr Michael Morris, Rev. Dr Iain Whyte and Professor Catherine Hall


For further information and to register for this event please click here






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School of History, Classics and Archaeology
University of Edinburgh
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Teviot Place
Edinburgh, EH8 9AG
Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 1254
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