"Sex pest" Robert Burns and the long tradition of poets behaving badly - Dr Daniel Cook in The Conversation

| English, Humanities

"The poet Liz Lochhead has outed Robert Burns as a 'Sex Pest'... But why single out Burns? Some of the most acclaimed male poets have done or said many odious things." In an article for The Conversation, Dr Daniel Cook, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Dundee, discusses depictions of violence against women in poetry and argues that the time is right to re-evaluate how we respond to literary traditions. See the full article...

Reanimating Rabbie – rare film screenings for Burns Night

| Engage Dundee, English, Film Studies, History, Humanities

A free event at the University of Dundee this week will celebrate Burns Night with screenings of rare films from Scotland’s National Moving Image Archive.  The programme includes two rare animated films from the 50s and 70s, Tam o’ Shanter and Tam o’ Shanter Rides Again, as well as a rare 1933 silent documentary, Homes and Haunts of Scotland's Ploughman Poet Robert Burns. Silent screen pianist and composer, Steven Gellatly will provide live musical accompaniment. Honorary Research Fellow Dr David Robb will give a short talk on Burns’ ‘Tam o’Shanter’ and Creati...

Crime writing course attracts award-winning authors

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

Crime Writing and Forensic Investigation students at the University of Dundee will receive more than they bargained for this year, when they attend masterclasses from some of Scotland’s most acclaimed crime authors. The students will have a rare opportunity to work alongside Dame Denise Mina, an award-winning author and playwright, Lin Anderson, author of the Rhona Macleod series of crime thriller novels and co-founder of Bloody Scotland, and Russel D Maclean, a graduate of the University whose J McNee novels recently translated into Italian, French and German, following the trials and tribulations o...

Inspiring Scotland's future global workforce - launch of 2018 Business Brunch series

| Engage Dundee, European Studies, Humanities, Languages

Young people from 12 schools across Dundee and the surrounding area had the opportunity to engage with local businesses in the first of a series of Business Brunch events, held at the University of Dundee on 10 January 2018. 118 S3 learners heard from a range of business leaders who view language skills as key to the growth and success of their company. The event demonstrated the relevance of languages in a work context and aimed to encourage pupils to continue with their language studies into the senior phase of their secondary education, and beyond school. A teacher attending the event said: “The B...

2018 Stephen Fry Awards feature Humanities research stars

| Engage Dundee, English, Humanities

University of Dundee researchers have been praised by Stephen Fry after their efforts in communicating research to the public won them awards named after the University’s former rector. The Stephen Fry Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement with Research celebrate the sharing of the world-class research carried out at Dundee with the wider public. They are given to the project and researcher that made the greatest contribution to public engagement in the past year. The 2018 Public Engagement Project of the Year was won by Hands of X, a collaboration that designs made-to-order prosthetic hands in ...