South Africa's first democratic elections, 25 years on – Dr Matt Graham in The Conversation

| History, Humanities

Nelson Mandela's dream of a great rainbow nation has been badly undermined by corruption, violence and inequality, but democracy has taken root in South Africa nonetheless, writes our Senior Lecturer in History, Dr Matt Graham. In a celebration of the 25th anniversary of South Africa's first democratic elections, Dr Graham's article, South Africa's first democractic elections, 25 years on: never lose sight of what the country has achieved, has recently been published by The Conversation. See the full article...

Dundee among world's best for impact on society

| Comics, Creative Writing, Engage Dundee, English, European Studies, History, Humanities, Languages, Philosophy

The University of Dundee has been placed 20th in the world for its impact in a new global ranking. The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings recognise that the role of universities extends beyond research and teaching to a third mission revolving around engagement, knowledge transfer and innovation for societal good. These rankings measure the global higher education sector’s success in delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Dundee was ranked 20th in the inaugural survey. The University was placed 3rd in the world for SDG 12 – Responsible Consumpt...

Global Scotland in the age of Brexit (Public Lecture)

| Engage Dundee, History, Humanities

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 o...

Dundee students breathe new life into rare texts

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

Historic texts held by the University of Dundee have been dusted down by a group of students to kick-start a creative chain reaction. Students from the English department’s MLitt Writing Practice and Study course have sought inspiration from historic books and poems to create new works, before asking students from the University’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD) to illustrate them. The project, named Vaulted Marvels, aims to highlight the wealth of thought-provoking volumes that lurk within the University’s archives, with a plan now under way to publish the re-i...

New book, comics, film and poems prove Frankenstein is no creature of habit

| Books, Comics, English, Film Studies, Humanities,

An exciting new series of works produced in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, and author Mary Shelley's links to the city of Dundee, will be launched later this month. ‘The Frankenstein Showcase’ takes place at the Tower Building Baxter Suite, University of Dundee, on Thursday 28 March. A new Dundee edition of the classic text will be unveiled at the event alongside work across film, poetry and comics. Edited by Dr Daniel Cook, of the University’s School of Humanities English team, the book comprises the complete 1818 text of the ground-breaking science fiction novel ...