Out-of-this-world events look to the moon for inspiration (Being Human 2020)

| Comics, Creative Writing, Engage Dundee, English, Humanities

The moon has fired the imagination of storytellers for centuries and the extravagant tales of alien life they created will help explore what it means to be human at the University of Dundee next month. Dundee is once again a key part of Being Human, the UK’s national celebration of the humanities, which takes place from 12-22 November. The programme will be built around the theme of ‘The Lunar City’, with events linking to scholarship at the University. Despite Covid-19 restrictions, more than 200 workshops, talks, screenings and readings will take place across the UK. The University is h...

Eddie Small RIP

| Creative Writing, Engage Dundee, English, History, Humanities

Everyone in the School of Humanities was devastated to hear of the death of our much-loved colleague and friend, Eddie Small. Eddie was a historian, playwright, Creative Writing tutor and Public Engagement Officer for the School. He was a well-known face in Dundee literary circles and wrote the play The Four Marys as well as the books Mary Lily Walker: The Forgotten Visionary of Dundee and To Bodies Gone, the latter of which saw Eddie research the history of death in Scotland, with an emphasis on practices and rituals surrounding bereavement. Professor James Livesey, Dean of the School of Humanities said, ...

Mercier Prize Shortlist for Dr Tina Rock

| Books, Humanities, Philosophy

Congratulations to Lecturer in Philosophy Dr Tina Rock, who has been shortlisted for this year’s Mercier Prize, for her monograph Physis als bewegte Existenz. Eine Ontologie des Konkreten. The Mercier Prize is an annual award intended to reward works related to metaphysics, “first” philosophy, or ontology in their relation to the contemporary world, with a prize fund worth €2,500. The winner will be announced in early October, with the prize being awarded by the Institut supérieur de philosophie of UCLouvain and the Hoger Instituut Voor Wijsbegeerte of KU Leuven. We wish ...

Film4 options Lynda Clark's novel 'Beyond Kidding'

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities

Congratulations to School of Humanities staff member Lynda Clark, who's novel Beyond Kidding has been optioned by Film4. Fairlight Books recently announced that Film4 had acquired the tv and film rights to Lynda's novel for a feature film to be directed by Will Stefan Smith.  Published in the UK last year by Fairlight, the novel is a literary sci-fi yarn about a man who makes up a child in order to secure a job. When he receives a call from the police to say the boy has been found, he arrives at the police station to find a child waiting for him – one who looks exactly like the picture he photos...

Students reimagine past designs into new forms

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

Students from the University of Dundee have collaborated with V&A Dundee to create a collection of writing and art inspired by the museum and its galleries. Students from the Illustration BDes degree programme in Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and the School of Humanities Creative Writing Practice & Study MLitt explore how past designs can be reimagined in the first installation of These Windows, a collaborative publishing project between the University and V&A Dundee. Finding inspiration within Scotland’s first design museum, writers and artist...

Dundee ranked in global top 50 for impact

| English, History, Humanities, Languages, Philosophy

The University of Dundee has been placed in the top 50 in the world in the 2020 edition of the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings. The rankings recognise that the role of universities extends beyond research and teaching to a third mission revolving around engagement, knowledge exchange and innovation for societal good. These rankings measure the global higher education sector’s success in delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The rankings include more than 800 universities worldwide. Dundee is ranked 44th overall and 9th in the world agai...

University Graduate to create book of poetry based on Mary Slessor

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

A University of Dundee graduate followed in the footsteps of one of the city’s most famous citizens to research her new collection of poetry. Fiona Cartmell travelled to Nigeria to study the work of Mary Slessor, a jute mill worker who became a missionary in Africa, as inspiration for her new book, which details inspiring tales of women in history. The journey is instrumental for Fiona, who graduated in Creative Writing in 2013, in putting together the compilation of poetry to capture Slessor's history in a new way. Fiona is still in the process of writing and hopes to revisit Nigeria in the near fut...

Fybromyalgia comics goes bilingual

| Comics, English, Humanities

The worldwide success of a University of Dundee comic raising awareness of a common but poorly understood medical condition has led to a Spanish version of the publication being launched. ‘Fibromyalgia and Us: Living with Fibromyalgia’, created by writers, artists and health professionals from the University and NHS Tayside, in conjunction with those living with the condition, has been downloaded around 13,000 times since it was published in December 2017. Two thousand paper copies are also in circulation. The comic explores the long-term condition which can often cause intense pain and/or fati...

Visit to Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre for History students

| History, Humanities, Students

Undergraduate students taking a module on Scottish Highland history visited Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre recently. The Battle of Culloden was the final stage of the Jacobite rising of 1745. The Visitor Centre documents the Jacobite risings from both the Jacobite and Hanoverian perspectives and includes a 360 degree re-enactment film of the Battle. The aftermath of the battle and the subsequent pacification of the Highlands also gave the students much to consider. The photos below are the group, the bagpipes, which were called ‘instruments of war’ and banned after the battle and the m...

Find out where Dundee took these inspiring women

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

Inspirational members of the University of Dundee community will this week share the ups and downs of their working lives at a free public event held as part of Dundee Women's Festival 2020. ‘Where Dundee Took Me: Career Tales of Staff and Graduates’ will take place at the University’s Dalhousie Building at 2pm on Wednesday 4 March. It is one of several University-led events in this year’s Festival programme. Panellists who have gone on to make waves in their professional lives will be talking about their achievements and the role Dundee played in their successes. They are: Dr Sara...