There and Back Again: Scottish Communities at Home and Abroad

The Society is set to host its annual conference on Saturday 20 November. The event, titled There and Back Again: Scottish Communities at Home and Abroad will take place virtually this year, using Zoom. Consisting of four papers the conference will highlight current cross-disciplinary research exploring the historical (e)migration of Scots, as well as the return of their descendants and arrival of new expatriate communities to Scotland.

The full conference programme is as follows (times in GMT):

13.55 – 14.00  Arrival

14.00 – 14.05  Welcome

  • 14.05 – 14.50  Prof. Tanja Bueltmann (University of Strathclyde), ‘Migration Nation: Perspectives on the Role of Migration in the Making of Scottish Society since c1800’

14.50 – 15.00  Break

  • 15.00 – 15.30  Joanna Rodgers (University of the Highlands and Islands), ‘Island Homecomings: Towards understanding contemporary islanders’ perspectives on diaspora, heritage and ancestral tourism to Tiree’
  • 15.30 – 16.00  Gaile Wotherspoon (University of Strathclyde), ‘The Shamrock and the Thistle: the impact of Irish and Scottish settlers their communities in Saskatchewan between 1905 and 1929’

16.00 – 16.10  Break

  • 16.10 – 17.00  The Hermann Pálsson Memorial Lecture, Prof. Graeme Morton (University of Dundee),
    ‘The Climatic Motive for Leaving Scotland: c.1770-c.1890’

17.00 – 17.45   Join us in the Magnusson Arms for an informal chat with the day’s speakers and other attendees.


Nov 20 2021


Times are in GMT
2:00 pm - 5:45 pm


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