Professor Graeme Morton joined the University of Dundee in August 2013. He gained his MA in Economic and Social History and Sociology as well as his PhD from the University of Edinburgh. There he was appointed Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in Economic and Social History, including a 70% secondment as ESRC Research Fellow (1994-8). In 2004 Professor Morton was appointed to the inaugural Scottish Studies Foundation Chair at the University of Guelph in Canada. As Director of the Centre for Scottish Studies, he promoted graduate research and writing and attended the odd Burns Supper or two. Coinciding with his appointment as Chair of Modern History at the University of Dundee in August 2013 he was appointed Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Guelph.
Professor Morton is the Director of the Centre for Scottish Culture: http://dundeescottishculture.org/
Personal interests include long-suffering and for many years long-distance support for Raith Rovers and in performing the role of reluctant dog walker.
Top tips for students
Before studying Scottish History, Graeme Morton recommends that you:
- Read: A History of Everyday Life in Scotland (vols. 1-4) because it’s always best to start with people before investigating society, culture, and institutions.
- Watch: Whisky Galore (1949) to find a warm-hearted evocation of symbol and (some) reality in Scottish history.
- Think about: Where does the Scottish nation begin and end?
Research and Teaching
Research & Teaching
Professor Morton is currently undertaking research on the Scottish diaspora and the effects of extreme weather on migration. He is the Director of the Centre for Scottish Culture: http://dundeescottishculture.org/.
In collaboration with Professor Kris Inwood (funds awarded in 2007 & 2011) and Professor John Cranfield (2011) at the University of Guelph, Professor Morton coordinates two projects in the digital humanities. With a combined award in excess CAN$1.25m, research infrastructure has been constructed from the Scottish and Canadian censuses for 1871 and longitudinal research infrastructure from various North Atlantic censuses tracking 'People in Motion'. Both projects are funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Ministry for Research & Innovation.
In 2013, Professor Morton received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant to examine 'Extreme Weather and Patterns of Emigration in Scotland, 1770-1988'. This project will run until 2015.
His approach to modern Scottish history involves examining the nation from its sociological foundations. As an example of his methodology, he used objectification theory in Ourselves and Others: Scotland, 1832-1914 (Edinburgh, 2012) to explore the rise of modernity. Also part of this process, the concept of self-objectification was deployed to analyse the interplay of personal identity and the framework of the nation.
Professor Morton's teaching focuses on national identity, diaspora studies, civil society, urban history, associational culture, and the economic and social history of modern Scotland and Britain. He is open to supervising postgraduate and postdoctoral research in these and related areas. Please contact him with any enquiries.
AHRC funded studentships are available in my research area - more details
His recently completed postdoctoral supervision includes:
- Dr R. Lenihan, 'The Scottish Census of 1871', CFI/MRI (2011-2013)
- Dr C. Bourbeau, 'The Sons of Scotland Societies', Fonds de la Rechere en santé Quebec (FRSQ) (2008-2010)
- Dr S.K. Kehoe, 'Catholic Education for Girls in Nineteenth-Century Edinburgh'. Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (2006-2008).
His recently completed doctoral supervision includes:
- A. Hinson, 'Migrant Scots in a British City: Toronto's Scottish Community, 1881-1911' (2010)
- K. Gies, 'Amateur Soldiering in Industrial Britain: The Early Territorial Force in Glasgow, 1908-1914' (2010)
- E. Ritchie, 'The Faith of the Crofters: Christianity and Identity in the Hebrides,1793-1843'. (2010)
William Wallace: A National Tale (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014). Pp. viii + 310.
The Scottish Diaspora (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013), with T. Bueltmann and A. Hinson. Pp. viii + 340.
Ourselves and Others: Scotland, 1832-1914 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012). Pp. viii + 298.
William Wallace: Man and Myth (Stroud: Sutton Publishing, 2001, 2004). pp. vi + 218.
Unionist Nationalism: Governing Urban Scotland, 1830-1860 (East Linton: Tuckwell Press, 1999). Pp. xii + 227.
Locality, Community and Nation (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1998), with A. Morris. Pp. iv +140.
Irish and Scottish Encounters with Indigenous Peoples: Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, with D.A. Wilson (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013). Pp. x + 390.
A History of Everyday Life in Scotland, vol. III, 1800 to 1900, with T. Griffiths (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010). Pp. xvi + 328.
Ties of Bluid, Kin and Countrie: Scottish Associational Culture in the Diaspora, with T. Bueltmann & A. Hinson (Guelph: Centre for Scottish Studies, 2009). Pp. xii + 264.
Civil Society, Associations and Urban Places: Class, Nation and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Europe, with B. de Vries and R. J. Morris (Stroud: Ashgate, 2006). Pp. xiv + 220.
International Review of Scottish Studies, vols. 30-38 (2005-2013) ISSN 1923-5755; e-ISSN 1923-5763; http://www.irss.uoguelph.ca
Journal of Urban History, Vol. 32, No. 1, November (2005). Special Issue: Power, Knowledge, and Society in the City. Pp. 1-137, with T. Griffiths & R.J. Morris.
Book Series Editor
Guelph Series in Scottish Studies
Articles (since 2000)
'Closing the Door on Modern Scotland's Gilded Cage' (with T. Griffiths), The Scottish Historical Review, Volume XCII, Supplement: No. 234 (April 2013), pp. 49–69.
'The Social Memory of Jane Porter and her Scottish Chiefs', The Scottish Historical Review, Vol. 91, 2: No. 232 (Oct. 2012), pp. 311-335.
'Scotland's Feminine Nationalism: some distant views of Jane Porter', Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Autumn, 2010),
'Scotland is Britain: the Union and Unionist-Nationalism, 1807-1907', Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2008), pp. 127-141.
'The Moral Foundations of Constitutional Change in Canada and Scotland at the End of the Twentieth Century', International Review of Scottish Studies, Vol. 33 (2008), pp. 87-122.
'Introduction: Power, Knowledge, and Society in the City' (with R.J. Morris & T. Griffiths), Journal of Urban History, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Nov. 2005), pp. 3-7.
'Nationality in Civil Society: élite and folk culture in Scotland, 1707-1914', in Skhid—Zakhid, 4 (2001): Rossia et Britannia: Imperii tanatsii na okraiinakh Evropy, eds. Volodymyr Kravchenko & Stephen Velychenko, pp. 100-111.
Chapters (since 2000)
'Observations of a Scottish Moralist: indigenous peoples and the nationalities of Canada' (with A. Hinson), in G. Morton & D.A. Wilson (eds.), Irish and Scottish Encounters with Indigenous Peoples: Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013), pp. 220-235.
'Returning Nationalists, Returning Scotland: James Grant and Theodore Napier', in M. Varricchio (ed.), Back to Caledonia: Scottish Homecomings from the Seventeenth-Century to the Present (Edinburgh: John Donald, 2012), pp. 109-127.
'Identity within the Union State, 1800-1900' in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Scottish History, eds. T. M. Devine and J. Wormald (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 474-490.
'The Scottish Nation of Jane Porter in her International Setting', in J. Campbell, E. Ewan, H. Parker (eds.), Shaping Scottish Identity: Family, Nation, and the World Beyond (Guelph: Centre for Scottish Studies, 2011), pp. 235-249.
'Introduction: Structures of Everyday Life in Scotland, 1800-1900' (with T. Griffiths), in T. Griffiths and G. Morton, (eds.) A History of Everyday Life in Scotland, 1800 to 1900 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010), pp. 1-22.
'Identity out of Place', in T. Griffiths and G. Morton (eds.), A History of Everyday Life in Scotland, 1800 to 1900 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010), pp. 256-287.
'Introduction: Diaspora, Associations and Scottish Identity' (with T. Bueltmann and A. Hinson), in T. Bueltmann, A. Hinson & G. Morton (eds.), Ties of Bluid, Kin and Countrie: Scottish Associational Culture in the Diaspora (Guelph: Centre for Scottish Studies, 2009), pp. 1-18.
'Ethnic Identity in the Civic World of Scottish Associational Culture' in T. Bueltmann, A. Hinson & G. Morton (eds.), Ties of Bluid, Kin and Countrie: Scottish Associational Culture in the Diaspora (Guelph: Centre for Scottish Studies, 2009), pp. 33-50.
'Scotland, 1770s-1880s', in G.H. Herb and D.H. Kaplan (eds.), Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview, Vol. 1 (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2008), pp. 232-243.
'The historical struggle for democracy in Scotland', in J. Crowther, I. Martin and M. Shaw (eds.), Renewing Democracy in Scotland: An educational source book (Leicester: NIACE, 2003), pp. 9-12.
'Civil Society, Governance and Nation: 1832-1914' in The New Penguin History of Scotland: From the Earliest Times to the Present Day, eds., R.A. Houston & W.W.J. Knox (London: Penguin Books, 2001, 2002), pp. 355-416.
'Civil Society, Civic Community: breaking the rural-urban continuum in the global age?' (with A. Morris) in C. Di Domencio et al (eds.), Boundaries & Identities: Nation, Politics and Culture in Scotland (Dundee: University of Abertay Dundee Press, 2001), pp. 171-189.
'The First Home Rule Movement in Scotland, 1886 to 1918', in H.T. Dickinson & M. Lynch (eds.), The Challenge to Westminster: Sovereignty, Devolution and Independence (East
Linton: Tuckwell Press, 2000), pp. 113-122.
Shorter Articles & Reports (since 2010)
'Reportage du Canada: Centre for Scottish studies in Guelph', Northern Scotland, 4 (2013), pp. 124-128
'The Scots in Canada',(with D. MacLeod), Prepared for Standard Life, April 2013.
'Digitizing Scotland', The Scots Canadian, Issue XXXVI, Winter (2013), pp. 2-3.
'Scotland at the Centre', The Scots Canadian, Issue XXXV, Fall (2012), p. 1.
'John Galt and the Kirkin' o' the Kilt', The Scots Canadian, Issue XXXIII, Fall (2011), p. 6.
'Scottish Emigrant Guides to North America', History Scotland Magazine, Vol. 11, Issue 5, September/October 2011, pp. 34-7.
'St Andrew's Societies and the Scottish Diaspora', The Journal of the St Andrew's Society of Montreal, September (2010), The 175th Anniversary Issue, ed. Jennifer Cassar, pp. 6-7.