Transforming Humanities

Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd March 2014, University of Dundee

Launching three new research centres in the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee.

Scottish Centre for Global History

Communication and Knowledge 1620-1900: A Workshop in Global History

‌Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd March 2014

River Rooms, 9th floor Tower Building, Dundee DD1 4HN

Jointly funded by the British Academy and the Scottish Centre for Global History, University of Dundee.

Global History is an exciting new development in the humanities and social sciences. We are establishing a much sharper understanding of the interdependence of peoples, cultures and states in the development of politics, culture and economies. Communication lies at the heart of global history.

In this workshop an international team of early career researchers and established scholars will confront some of the most interesting puzzles in the history of global communication.

  • How were exotic plants, animals and objects understood and appreciated?
  • How could new ideas be transmitted across cultural boundaries?
  • How did maps and categorical schemas come to have global reach and authority?
  • How could very different kinds of claims to political authority be understood and reconciled as an idea of international law?
  • How did all the local and specific contexts for thought, commerce, feeling and expression become imagined as a world?
  • How did communication structures with truly global reach, such as the press, evolve?

Dundee’s long history of global engagement makes these particularly relevant questions for this university. This workshop will launch the new Scottish Centre for Global History.

International participants in the workshop include:

  • Dr Mark Somos (Harvard Law School),
  • Professor Andrew Sartori (New York University),
  • Dr Jason McElligott (Marsh’s Library, Dublin),
  • Dr Lissa Roberts (University of Twente),
  • Dr Andrew Wells (University of Gottingen),
  • Dr Manuel Covo (Universite de Paris VII).

This is a workshop with limited attendance. Early-career scholars are particularly encouraged to participate.

Download the programme here.

To register & for further information please contact Professor Jim Livesey (



Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy

Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy

Friday 21st March 2014

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee DD1 4HN

‌The Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy (SCCP) is pleased to mark its inauguration with an international workshop in which renowned philosophers will discuss and debate new and exciting advances in their respective fields of research.

Themes of discussion will draw on such diverse fields as the philosophies of life, technology, and religion.‌

Invited speakers include:

  • Pierre Cassou-Nogues (Paris),
  • Pascale Gillot (Paris),
  • Wahida Khandker (Manchester),
  • Yoni Van Den Eede (Brussels),
  • Daniel Whistler (Liverpool).

Sessions will be chaired by academics invited from the various Scottish universities.

The aim of the SCCP is to support academic research drawing on Modern European philosophy in Scotland, the UK and abroad through workshops, public talks and seminars.

Attendance is free to all. Contact James Williams ( for further information.

The Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy is supported by the Scots Philosophical Association.


Morning session: Chaired by Todd Mei, Dundee
(Dalhousie Building, room 2F13 - block 2, first floor)

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee and welcome 

11:30 - 12:15 James Williams, Dundee ‘Continental philosophy? Oh, yes!’

12:15 - 1:00 Daniel Whistler, Liverpool ‘Naturphilosophie and Language’

1:00 - 2:00 Lunch (provided)


Afternoon session 1: Chaired by Jeremy Dunham, Edinburgh
(Dalhousie Building, room 2S17 - block 2, second floor)

2:00 - 2:45 Pascale Gillot, Paris 1, ‘Foucault's Archeology: the Notion of Epistemological Break’

2:45 - 3:00 Yoni Van Den Eede, VUB, ‘Instrumentalism vs. Essentialism in the Philosophy of Technology: An Ongoing Struggle’

3:00 - 3:30 Coffee


Afternoon session 2: Chaired by Brian Smith, Dundee
(Dalhousie Building, room 2S17 - block 2, second floor)

3:30 – 4:15 Wahida Khandker, MMU, ‘Philosophy, Animality, and the Life Sciences’

4:15 – 5 Pierre Cassou-Noguès, Paris 8, ‘The waves and the day after’


6:00 Drinks


Centre for Scottish Culture

‌Waverley at 200

Saturday 22nd March 2014

Baxter 1.36, Tower Building, Dundee DD1 4HN

The Centre for Scottish Culture's launch event is Waverley at 200, a one-day symposium in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s debut novel, Waverley, featuring prominent speakers in a range of disciplines, such as Literature, Scottish History, the History of the Book, Art History, and Politics.

For more information, visit the Waverley at 200 webpage.