Global Scotland in the age of Brexit (Public Lecture)

With Brexit set to redefine Scotland’s relationship with the rest of the world for decades to come, an upcoming public lecture at the University of Dundee will explore our past and future as a global nation.

'Global Scotland in the age of Brexit: Historical perspectives on the Scottish diaspora and migration' is a free event taking place at the University’s Dalhousie Building on Thursday 11 April. In it, Professor Tanja Bueltmann, a global authority on Scotland's worldwide diaspora, will look at what the past can tell us about current political developments.

It is the latest event in a series of lectures developed by History Scotland magazine and the University’s Centre for Scottish Culture.

Professor Bueltmann, who is based at Northumbria University, said, “Scots have been ‘citizens of the world’ for centuries, with global Scots settling in diverse countries and building diaspora communities around the world.

“These communities were connected to the homeland, contributing to both outward and inward migration flows being seen as a normal part of Scottish life. Brexit jeopardises this connected ‘Scottish world’ – not by Scotland’s choice, but by political developments largely outside the nation’s control. This lecture examines what this means for Scotland in the age of Brexit in historical context.”

The History Scotland Lectures travel around Scotland, giving people across the country the chance to learn more about their history.

History Scotland's consultant editor Dr Allan Kennedy, a lecturer in history at Dundee, said, “We are delighted to be hosting Tanja Bueltmann for this important and timely lecture. Professor Bueltmann’s expertise gives her unique insights into the significance of Brexit for Scots, both at home and overseas. We would warmly invite anybody with an interest in Scotland’s past and future as a global nation to join us for what promises to be a fascinating, thought-provoking evening.”

'Global Scotland in the age of Brexit’ takes place at the Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, from 6pm on Thursday 11 April. The event is free and open to all, although anyone interested in attending is asked to reserve their place by emailing or calling 0113 200 2922.

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