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Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies

The Global Scot debate, McEwan Hall, 30 Oct 2008

Centre Events

British Group of Early American Historians Conference 2014


Better Together? Union & Disunion in the Early Modern Atlantic


Thursday 4th September- Sunday 7th September 2014


The Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies at the University of Edinburgh will host the annual meeting of the British Group of Early American Historians. The BGEAH was established in the 1990s as an ‘extra-institutional collective of scholars interested in the early modern Atlantic world’. Since 2000 the BGEAH has held annual conferences with support from groups including the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the British Association of American Studies, and the Mellon Foundation. These events have become the principal gathering of historians working in Britain interested in early American history. The conferences attract scholars at all stages of their careers from the U.S., Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. This year’s event will take place in the same month as Scotland will be holding a referendum on Independence from the United Kingdom and, with this turning point in mind, the broad theme of the conference will be ‘Better together? Union and disunion in the early modern Atlantic’ keynote speakers will be Professor Sir Tom Devine and Professor Philip Morgan.


For further event information and to download a copy of the programme click here


Register and pay here


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 G14 in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place.  The only exception to this is the first seminar on 30th September will commence at 12.00 noon.


The 2014/15 workshop series will begin on 30th September 2014.

Graduate Workshop information and schedule




Events of interest outside the Centre


Recovering Scotland's Slavery Past

Mitchell Library,Glasgow

3rd October 2014


'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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University of Edinburgh
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