James McKean


Division: History and Politics

Email: jam10@stir.ac.uk

Title of Research Topic

Writing Britain’s Ruins – The Effect of Gothic Ideology on the Perception of Ruins (Temporary Title)


Dr Catherine Mills

Dr Dale Townsend


BA (Hons) in History from the University of Stirling

-BA Dissertation Title: Mazzini’s Vision: The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic 1848 – 1849
MSc in Environment, Heritage and Policy from the University of Stirlin
-MSc Dissertation Title: The Hidden Legacies of Mineral Extraction at Silver Glen

Research Interests

My research looks at how Gothic Ideology, in literature and art, has come to shape the perception of ruins on the landscape in Britain. Studying the process of the Reformation in sixteenth-century England, and how this event was used in the eighteenth-century to spread anti-Catholic ideology. This will tie into studying the progression of antiquarianism from the sixteenth to the eighteenth-century. I also have a keen interest in ruins of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries found in edgelands, wildscapes and industrial ruins.

Grants, Awards and other distinctions

-Ochils Landscape Partnership bursary for my Master’s dissertation on Silver Glen
-Arts and Humanities Research Council and the University of Stirling funded Doctoral Studentship
-2013 Robert and Margaret McKean Prize for best performance by a final year student in European History
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