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, ...

Large ESRC award granted for project on police accountability

| History, Humanities

Dr Anja Johansen, Senior Lecturer in History and Information Studies, has been awarded a large Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) grant for a project on police accountability. The project is a multidisciplinary collaboration with colleagues from universities in Europe, North America and Asia. The team will work with government agencies, police organisations and NGOs to establish international standards for police accountability. Anja will be the Principal Investigator for the UK branch of the project, which will generate significant policy impact around the world. Anja is the go-to person for the ...

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...

Research uncovers historical anti-vaccination across Scotland

| History, Humanities

A PhD student from the University of Dundee has uncovered new evidence showing how vaccine hesitancy – often thought to be a modern phenomenon – can be traced back more than 150 years in Scotland. Vaccine hesitancy now ranks alongside antimicrobial resistance and climate change in the top 10 global health threats, according to the World Health Organization. A growing ‘anti-vaxx’ movement has led to a 30% increase in measles cases being reported globally and a number of countries, including the UK, no longer being considered measles-free. Discredited studies, social media and celebri...

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...

Field trip to Special Collections at the University of St Andrews Library for History of the Book students

| Books, History, Humanities, Students

Students taking the 'History of the Book' module at the University of Dundee (module HU42001) participated in a field trip to St Andrews recently, for a rare books and manuscripts seminar in Special Collections at the University of St Andrews Library. The seminar leader was Rachel Hart, Senior Archivist at the University of St Andrews. She introduced the students to a wonderful collection of materials, which ranged from Egyptian papyrus of the third century CE to so-called ‘Books of Hours’ -- beautifully decorated devotional texts from the late Middle Ages—and from valuable incunables --f...

Island odyssey to be recounted at University

| Books, Engage Dundee, History, Humanities

One of Scotland’s most distinguished historians will next week talk about his critically acclaimed and highly personal study of the tiny Hebridean island of Pabay at the University of Dundee. Christopher Whatley is Professor of Scottish History at Dundee and the author of Pabay: An Island Odyssey. He will discuss the island, and the stories he uncovered while writing the book, at the University’s Dalhousie Building from 6pm on Tuesday 25 February. Described as a ‘sparkling gem’ and ‘one of the finest Highland books of the 21st century’, Professor Whatley’s book com...

Fully-funded PhD studentship opportunities - applications now open

| History, Humanities, Students

Applications are invited for two Leverhulme-funded studentships at the Universities of Stirling and Dundee. The studentships are offered as part of the Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant for the project “The Scottish Privy Council, 1692 to 1708: Government from Revolution to Union”. These fully funded PhD studentships include both fees and student stipend for three years of PhD study and will commence 8 April 2020, with a deadline of 28 February 2020 for applications.  The Scottish Privy Council Project, a collaboration between the universities of Stirling and Dundee, will research o...

Generous donation of food bank supplies from Humanities staff

| English, History, Humanities, Languages, Philosophy

Many thanks to all the School of Humanities staff who very kindly donated items for a Dundee foodbank recently. Sarah Conway in the School Office coordinated the donations and delivered the boxes on behalf of the School.   Dundee foodbank provides emergency food relief to individuals, couples and families experiencing hardship throughout the city of Dundee and its surrounding area. In 2018 they were able to assist over 9,500 people with a non-perishable food provision and they are currently feeding 200 people per week.   Thank you so much for your help in supporting this cause.    ...

Graduate Julie included in list of 150 most influential people in UK publishing

| Books, English, History, Humanities, Students

Congratulations to our graduate Julie Danksin who has been included in The Bookseller's 150 for 2019 list!  The Bookseller 150 (formerly The Bookseller 100) is an annual list of the 150 most influential people in UK publishing. First published in 2009, the list is made up of publishers, retailers, authors, members of the media and more. Julie is the manager of Edinburgh’s Golden Hare Books, which was named Independent Bookshop of the Year at this year’s Nibbies, with the judges praising its “stylish boutique-style store, sharp growth in sales and capacity for innovation”. This ...