Kelsey Jackson Williams’ Conference Recap

Kelsey Jackson Williams, one of the brains behind the Future of Early Modern Scottish Studies conference, has written and excellent recap of the weekend. Thanks Kelsey!

What a great conference!  I probably shouldn’t say that quite so unreservedly, given that I was one of the organisers, but last weekend’s conference on “The Future of Early Modern Scottish Studies” really did exceed all expectations.  Over two days we had twenty-two speakers from across Europe and America, two roundtable discussions, five debate-filled coffee breaks, and an absolutely fantastic evening courtesy of the Byre and the St Andrews Brewing Company (neither of which, I suspect, have quite the same concentration of fowk gabbin in braid Scots maist Fryday nichts).

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FEMSS begins this week!

The conference organizers are pleased to announce a wonderful turn-out in registration for The Future of Early Modern Scottish Studies conference on 13-14 January 2017. We have a cracking programme lined up for the weekend and look forward to seeing everyone there!

You can view the final programme here or download a PDF copy.

How to find us:

The Byre Theatre is located at Abbey Street in St Andrews, KY16 9LA. There are entrances to the venue on both Abbey Street and South Street. Click here for more information on getting to the venue.

Conference Registration is LIVE!

Registration for The Future of Early Modern Scottish Studies conference is now llive! The conference will be held on 13 and 14 January 2017 at the University of St Andrews in the Byre Theatre.

You can find the conference programme here.

Conference Fees

Registration is free for St Andrews students and staff and £20 for other attendees. Refreshments, lunch, a wine reception, and the conference dinner are included. This conference is generously supported by the Institute of Scottish Historical Research.

To register, go to the University Online Shop.

Programme Announced!

We are delighted to announce the conference programme (reproduced below and also accessible here). Registration will open very soon, so stay tuned!


Friday, 13 January 2017

9.00-9.30       Registration, Tea and Coffee

9.30-9.45       Welcome and Opening Remarks

9.45-11.15    New Thoughts on Religion in Early Modern Scotland

Jamie Reid-Baxter, “Rethinking the Melvillians: the Poetic Spirituality of the East Neuk of Fife, 1580-1620”

Christopher Langley, “Negotiation the Parish in Early Modern Scotland”

Steven Reid, “Rethinking the Politics of Church and State in Early Jacobean Scotland: the Life and Career of Archbishop Patrick Adamson (1536-1592)”

11.15-11.30  Tea and Coffee

11.30-1.00    Politics and the Crown

Lucinda Dean, “Reaching the Estate of Manhood: A Case Study of James V”

Cailean Gallagher, “How populist was the populo? George Buchanan’s conceptual courting of the Scottish elite”

Lorna Hutson, “The Body Politic on Bended Knee”

1.00-1.45       Lunch

1.45-3.15       The Civil Wars & Civil Society in the Seventeenth Century

Andrew Lind, “Banishing the Last Stereotype: Scottish Royalism and the British Civil Wars, 1639-1651”

Salvatore Cipriano, “The Plantation and Deposition of Professors in the Scottish Universities under the Covenanters, 1638-1651”

Allan Kennedy, “TBC”

3.15-3.30       Tea and Coffee

3.30-5.00       Scottish Literature and Book History

Rachel Hart and Margaret Connolly, “The Marchmont manuscript: medieval reading for early modern Scots”

Nicola Royan, “TBC”

Helen Vincent, “TBC”

5.00-6.00       Roundtable Discussion

6.45                Dinner


Saturday, 14 January 2017

9.30-11.00    Scots Abroad in the Seventeenth Century

Steve Murdoch,“Cauld Kale Het Up? St Andrews and Europe”

Kathrin Zickermann, “TBC”

Silke Muylaert, “Foreign Protestant communities in England as a link between Scotland and the Continent”

11.00-11.15  Tea and Coffee

11.15-12.45  National, Transnational and Global approaches to the Eighteenth Century

Esther Mijers, “National and Transnational: Scottish History c.1700”

Allan MacInnes, “Globalisation occured on Loch Craignish in 1720”

Nicola Martin, “’In the heart of the vile race’: the British Army, the Highlands, and the Empire in the Eighteenth Century”

12.45-1.30    Lunch

1.30-3.00       Being African in Scotland

Lesley Mickel, “Wild Highlanders, Blackness and Nationality in Early Modern Court Culture”

Stephen Mullen, “Bound Labour in a Land of Liberty: White and Black Runaways in Eighteenth-century Scotland”

Nelson Mundell, “Maintaining the Illusion of Power: An Analysis of Ethnic Minority Runaway Advertisements in Scotland, 1700-1775”

3.00-3.30       Tea and Coffee

3.30-5.00       Scottish Visions: Artistic, Mystic, and Geographical

Fern Insh, “Depicting a New Scotland: Identity and Aspiration in George Jamesone’s Paintings

Michael Riordan, “Demystifying mysticism Scottish-style, 1660-1715”

Amy Todman, “To the Bass and beyond: mapping and viewing the East Lothian coastline in the late seventeenth century”

5.00-6.00       Lightning Talks and Closing Remarks