History and Politics Research Seminars

Research Seminars Series

Division of History and Politics, University of Stirling 

The History and Politics Research Seminar Series is part of the division’s rich intellectual life and offers the opportunity for a first-hand discussion of the newest lines of enquiry. The meetings take place roughly one afternoon every month during semester dates (4-5.30pm) and are attended by teaching staff, researchers and postgraduate students. The sessions are well known for its animated discussions, which the participants usually prolong in a local pub.

Seminar Officers:

Research Seminars, 2017/2018 Academic Year






 13 Sep 2017

5.30pm - 7.00pm 

Dr Thomas Pickles

(University of Chester)

Medieval Church and Landscapes

Pathfoot D3

11 Oct 2017

4.00pm - 5.30pm 

    Prof Myra  Armstead

 (Bard College, USA)

Public History/Heritage as Cultural Reform in Progressive America

Pathfoot C1/C2

8 Nov 2017

4.00pm - 5.30 pm

Prof Kurt Mills

(University of Dundee, UK)

The International Criminal Court’s Difficult Relationship with Africa

Pathfoot C1/C2

15 Nov 2017

4.00pm - 5.30pm

  • Leonie Holthaus 

(Techinical University of Darmstadt, Germany)

The Social Democratic Roots of Global Governance

Pathfoot Room D1

24 Jan 2018

4.00pm - 5.30pm 

Dr John Thompson 

(Center for Security Studies, Switzerland)


Superpower in Retreat? Why Support in the U.S. for the Liberal World Order is Under Threat and What to Do about It

Pathfoot Room C1/C2

14 Mar 2018

4.00pm - 5.30pm

Dr Gareth Atkins

(Queens' college, University of Cambridge, UK)


Who is Your Favourite Character from History?” Charles Kingsley's Bible


Pathfoot Room C1/C2

4 Apr 2018 

4.00pm - 5.30pm

 Dr Ruth Colton 

(University of Manchester, UK)

Childhood, Empire and Public Parks in late Victorian and Edwardian Britain 

Pathfoot Room C1/C2

Research Seminars, 2016/2017 Academic Year

Date  Time Speaker Title  Room 
 14 Sep 2016 5.30pm - 7.00pm 

Prof Markus Lederer

(University of Münster, Germany)

The Promise of Prometheus and the Opening Up of Pandora’s Box:

Geopolitical Perspectives on Renewable Energy
Pathfoot C1/C2
5 Oct 2016 4.00pm - 5.30pm 

Prof Robert Anderson

(University of Edinburgh)

Scottish Universities in their European Context: Some Nineteenth-Century Perspectives

Pathfoot D1
2 Nov 2016 4.00pm - 5.30 pm

Prof Paul Bowles and Dr Fiona MacPhail

(University of Northern British Columbia, Canada)

The Town that Said No to the Enbridge Oil Pipeline:

The 2014 Kitimat Plebiscite in British Columbia

Pathfoot C1/C2
16 Nov 2016 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Dr. Lucie Kyrova

(Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)

‘American Indian Internationalist Thought and Activism during the Cold War’

Pathfoot Room C1
18 Jan 2017 4.00pm - 5.30pm 

Dr Laura McAtackney

(Aarhus University, Denmark)

 Material Memory and Commemorative Events:
Reconfiguring Public Understandings of the Past?’
Pathfoot Room C1
8 Feb 2017 5.00pm - 6.30pm

Dr Susan Stanfield

(University of Texas at El Paso, USA)

‘Print Culture and Civic Domesticity: 

Free Women of Color during the Era of Abolition’

Pathfoot Room C1/C2
8 Feb 2017 2.00pm - 3.30pm

Dr. Philip Voight 

(Gustavus Adolphus College)


Political Advertising in the U.S. Presidential Election
Respondent: Dr. Chuck Dalldorf

Pathfoot Room C1/C2
 15 Mar 2017 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Dr James Caudle

(Yale University, USA)


Boswell's Regency Crisis, 1788–1790

Pathfoot Room C1
23 Mar 2017 6.00pm - 7.30pm  Prof Ray Stokes
(University of Glasgow)

'The Political Economy of Corporate Misbehaviour in Post-war West Germany:
Chemie Grünenthal GmbH and Thalidomide, 1946-1970'

Pathfoot Room D3
29 Mar 2017 4.00pm - 5.30pm  Simon Quinn
(University of York)

'British Military Encounters with Levantine Antiquity, 1798-1801'

Pathfoot Room D3
5 Apr 2017  4.00pm - 5.30pm  Dr Chiara Ruffa

(Swedish Defence University, Stockholm, Sweden)

‘Imagining War and Keeping Peace: Military Cultures in Peace and Stability Peace Operations’

Pathfoot Room C1


Past Seminars, 2015/2016 Academic Year

Date Speaker Title Room
30 Sep 2015

Prof Jane Dawson (University of Edinburgh)

John Knox: Man and Myth

Pathfoot LTA96
07 Oct 2015

Dr David Toke (University of Aberdeen)

Analysing Energy Politics Using Cultural Theory: The Example of Low-carbon Energy Supplies

Pathfoot Room C1

21 Oct 2015

Dr Mark Lawrence (University of Kent)

The First Carlist War (1833-1839) in Comparative Perspective

Pathfoot Room C1

18 Nov 2015

Prof Derrais Carter (Portland State University, U.S.)

Begin Where the Archive Ends: Narrative Possibilities of Black History Pathfoot Room C1
3 Dec 2015

Prof Robert Geyer (Lancaster University)

 ‘What are the Tools of Complexity?’ (Part of workshop [lasting until 4:30pm] co-hosted by ProPEL and Division of History & Politics: Working with Complexity in Professional Practice and Public Policy)  Pathfoot C21
20 Jan 2016

Dr Andrea Mammone (Royal Holloway, University of London)

‘Transnationalism and the French and Italian Far Right’   Pathfoot Room C1
2 Mar 2016

Prof Dr Jale Tosun (University of Heidelberg, Germany)

'Party Framing Toward Renewable Energy: A Comparative Study of Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States’

 Pathfoot Room C1
16 Mar 2016

Dr Elizabeth Monaghan (University of Hull)

‘A Good Start? The European Citizens’ Initiative and Participatory Democracy in the EU’

 Pathfoot Room C1
23 Mar 2016

Prof Richard Hingley (Durham University)

‘Roman Frontiers and British Identities: The Afterlife of Hadrian’s Wall’

 Pathfoot Room C1

 Conference on Modern Religious History 

Professor David Bebbington will be hosting a Conference on Modern Religious History on Tuesday 14th - Wednesday 15th June.  The event will highlight research in the field and all are welcome to attend.  For further information or to book a place please contact . 

Past Seminars, 2014/2015 Academic Year





01 Oct 2014

Prof. John Field
(University of Stirling)

Work camps in interwar Britain: manual labour, community, class and gender

Pathfoot C2

19 Nov 2014

Dr. Valentina Feklyunina (Newcastle University)

The 'Russian World' and Ukraine: Competing Identities in the Post-Soviet Space

Pathfoot C1

03 Dec 2014

Dr. Anders Widfeldt
(University of Aberdeen)

Extreme Right Parties in Scandinavia

Pathfoot C1

14 Jan 2015

Dr. Ben Marsh

(University of Kent)

Empires and Worms: Understanding Failure in Atlantic Sericulture, 1501-1676

Pathfoot C1

4 Feb 2015

Dr. Gregorio Alonso

(University of Leeds)

‘Until they are all gone!’ Religion, politics and violence in Modern Spain

Pathfoot C1

17 Feb 2015

Prof. Maiken Umbach and
Prof. Mathew Humphrey 
(University of Nottingham)

Picturing Nature: The Role of Images in Political Mobilisation and Ideological Decontestation

Pathfoot C2

4 Mar 2015

Prof. Thomas S. Kidd
(Baylor University, Texas)

George Whitefield: American Patriot?

Pathfoot C1

11 March 2015

Dr Thomas Lundberg (University of Glasgow) and Prof. Raymond Miller (University of Auckland) 

Letting the Voters Decide: The Scottish Independence Referendum and the Management of Risk

Pathfoot C1


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