Research seminars

We run a regular programme of seminars within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, sharing our latest research and inviting guest speakers to do the same. Take a closer look at upcoming events, and check back regularly to see the updated list of seminars taking place. 

2019/2020 Schedule

  • Communications, Media and Culture
    When Where Speaker(s) Subject
    22 January 2020, 1.30-3pm Pathfoot C7 Steven Buchanan (Stirling) The information behaviours of maximum security prisoners: Insights into self-protective behaviours and unmet needs
    12 February 2020, 1.30-3pm Pathfoot C7 Darren Elliott-Smith (Stirling)

    Queer fears: New Queer Horror Film and TV

    11 March 2020, 1.30-3pm Pathfoot C7 Tori Canning (East Anglia) The (re)production of gender in youth taste cultures
    18 March 2020, 1-3pm (part 1) Pathfoot D1 Bernadine Jones (Stirling)

    The Struggle Narrative: the African National Congress’ quest for narrative hegemony in South Africa’s news media

    18 March 2020, 1-3pm (part 2) Pathfoot D1 Dominic Hinde (Queen Margaret University)

    Populism and journalistic work: A newsroom ethnography of the Swedish immigration debate

    8 April 2020, 1.30-3pm Pathfoot C7 Abbas Faghih Khorasani (Tehran University)

    Technological movement against the environmental damages of industrial development: A case study of water supply in Yazd, Iran

    All welcome. For further information, please contact Maria Velez-Serna on

  • History, Heritage and Politics



    Where Speaker(s) Subject

    18 September 2019, 4pm-5pm

    Pathfoot Room C1/2

    Dr María Inés Tato 

    National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina, University of Buenos Aires

    For King and Empire: the contributions of the British community in Argentina to the war effort, 1914-1919.
    2 October 2019, 4pm-5pm Pathfoot Room C25

    Dr Avril Maddrell 

    Geography and Environmental Science, University of Reading

    Liminal and emotional-affective spatialities in places of remembrance and pilgrimage
    9 October 2019, 4pm-5pm Pathfoot Room C1/2 Dr Erica Hannickel-Terry 

    Environmental History, Northland College, USA

    The Missouri Botanical Garden, the ‘conquest’ of the American West, and the mid-19th century international plant trade

    6 November 2019,

    Pathfoot Room C1/2

    Professor Mark Wickham-Jones and Dr Magnus Feldman

    Politics, University of Bristol

    Practical social democracy
    20 November 2019, 4pm-5pm Pathfoot Room C1/2

    Dr Joanne Laycock

    Modern History, University of Manchester

    Refugees, Resettlement and the Making of a Soviet Armenian Nation

    15 January 2020, 4pm-5pm

    Pathfoot Room C1/2

    Dr Gönül Bozoğlu

    Heritage, University of Newcastle

    Museums, emotion and memory culture: the politics of the past in Turkey 

    22 January 2020, 4pm-5pm

    Pathfoot Room C1/2

    Professor Steven P. Remy

    Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA

    The real First World War: colonial wars as a global conflict 

    5 February 2020


    Pathfoot Room C1/2 

    Dr Francesco Belcastro

    International Relations, University of Derby

    Regional powers, foreign policy and alliances: the case of Syria 

    4 March 2020

      Speakers to be announced


    Showcase presentations by PhD students in History, Heritage and Politics

    11 March 2020, 4pm-5pm

    Pathfoot Room C1/2

    Professor Rebecca Madgin

    Urban Studies, University of Glasgow

    Why does the past matter? Emotional attachments to historic urban places 

    1 April 2020, 4pm-5pm

    Pathfoot Room C1/2

    Professor Per Bolin

    Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden

    Nationalism and academic standards in the new universities of inter-war Eastern Europe 


    All members of staff and postgraduates in other Faculties are most welcome to attend.

  • Law and Philosophy
    When Where Speaker(s) Subject
    4.15pm, 16th January 2020 C1, Pathfoot Nils Kurbis (Lodz, UCL)   
    4.15pm, 23rd January 2020 C1, Pathfoot Susanna Siegel (Harvard)  
    4.15pm, 30th January 2020 C1, Pathfoot Barbara Sattler (St. Andrews)  
    4.15pm, 6th February 2020 C1, Pathfoot Craig French (Nottingham)  
    4.15pm, 13th February 2020 C1, Pathfoot

    Tommy Curry (Edinburgh) 

    4.15pm, 27th February 2020 C1, Pathfoot Justin Snedegar (St. Andrews)  
    4.15pm, 5th March 2020 A7, Pathfoot Helen McCabe (Nottingham)  
    4.15pm, 12th March 2020 C1, Pathfoot Michael Garnett (Birkbeck)  
    4.15pm, 19th March 2020 C1, Pathfoot Stephanie Rennick (Glasgow)   
    4.15pm, 26th March 2020 C1, Pathfoot Stephan Torre (Aberdeen)  
    4.15pm, 2nd April 2020 C1, Pathfoot Dave Ward (Edinburgh)    

     For further information, please contact

  • Literature and Languages
    When Where Speaker(s) Subject

    Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 1-2pm

    Pathfoot Room C21 Dr Liana Saif (Warburg Institute)

    “Aristotle the Mage:The Strange World of the Pseudo-Aristotelian Hermetica”

    Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 1-2 pm

    Pathfoot Room C21

    Dr Sarah Lightman (Artist, Curator, Eisner Award Winner)

    The Book of Sarah and The Life of Sarah”

    Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 1-2pm

    Pathfoot Room C21

    Dr Maeve McCusker (Queen’s University, Belfast)

    “Death in Paradise: killing the béké in recent Antillean ‘crime’ fiction”

    Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 1-2.30 pm

    Pathfoot Room C21

    Conner Allen, Helena Markou, Christina Neuwirth, and Jennifer Robertson (Stirling)

    Postgraduate Session

    Wednesday, 22 April 2020, 1-2pm

    Pathfoot Room C21

    Dr Sean Matthews, University of Nottingham

    “T S Eliot, D H Lawrence and the Invention of American Literature”

    For more information contact Christine Ferguson at