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...

River Deep, Mountain High – archives to artworks

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, 2020

An exhibition of art, design and creative writing inspired by the natural world and our relationship with it will open at the University of Dundee this weekend. ‘River Deep, Mountain High – archives to artworks’ was conceived to mark Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters and challenged participants to respond to the University's rich archive, museum and rare book collections on the themes of rivers, seas, coasts and mountains. The exhibition, taking place at the Lamb Gallery, Tower Building, will be open to the public from Saturday 8 February until April. Dozens of University st...

New Media Writing Prize shortlist for Research Fellow Lynda Clark

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities

Congratulations to Dr Lynda Clark, who’s interactive work The Memory Archivist has been shortlisted for the New Media Writing Prize 2019. Lynda is a Research Fellow with us in the School of Humanities, University of Dundee, working on the InGame project. The New Media Writing Prize showcases exciting and inventive stories and poetry that integrate a variety of formats, platforms, and digital media. Now in its 10th year, the international prize encourages and promotes the best in new media writing. The winner will be announced on 15th January at an awards ceremony at Bournemouth University. The M...

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 ...

Comicsopolis – a public appeal to unearth more of Dundee’s comics history

| Comics, Engage Dundee, English, Humanities

An academic at the University of Dundee is researching the rich history of comics in Dundee, and is appealing for the help of the public in unearthing memories and details of publications which have long since disappeared. Christopher Murray, the world’s first Professor of Comics Studies, is in the process of writing Comicsopolis – A History of Comics in Dundee, and is interested in hearing from anyone who reads, collects, or creates comics in Dundee, or has in the past. “I think of Dundee as not only the Juteopolis, but also the Comicsopolis – the city of comics,” said P...

Comic helps young people cope with grief

| Comics, English, Humanities

Teenagers from across Scotland have shared their experiences of bereavement for a new comic aiming to help other young people deal with their grief. Produced in conjunction with academics from the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde, When People Die: Stories from Young People is a 40-page publication filled with images, stories and insights that arose from a series of workshops held at HMYOI Polmont and the charities Richmond's Hope and Children's Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS). The intention of the year-long project was to explore how comics can help generate reflective and confident life stories for ...

Leverhulme grant success for History research project on Scottish Privy Council

| History, Humanities

We are delighted to announce that members of our History staff, along with Dr Alastair Mann from the University of Stirling, have been awarded a three-year grant by Leverhulme for a project on the Scottish Privy Council. Dr Mann (Stirling) will be the principal investigator for the project, while Dr Alan MacDonald (Senior Lecturer in History, Dundee) will be co-investigator and Dr Allan Kennedy (Lecturer in History, Dundee) will be the project manager. The project, which will run from 2020 to 2023, is entitled 'The Scottish Privy Council 1691-1708: Government from Revolution to Union' and is worth up ...