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...