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ISHR Visiting Scholar 2014-15The ISHR is delighted to announce that it will host medieval and early modern historian Dr Lorna Barrow of Macquarie University, Sydney, as visiting scholar in 2014-15. For more details, please visit the School of History blog.

ISHR Visiting Research Fellowship 2014-15
The ISHR is delighted to announce that its Visiting Research Fellowship for 2014-15 has been awarded to Professor Paul Pickering, Director of the Research School of Humanities and the Arts at Australian National University in Canberra. For more details, please visit the School of History blog.

ISHR – Guelph Collaboration
The ISHR is pleased to announce that it now has a collaborative agreement with the Centre for Scottish Studies in the Department of History at the University of Guelph. This collaboration will mostly be in the form of staff and postgraduate exchanges, and each year the ISHR will host postgraduate researchers from Guelph as they pursue their studies in Scottish history in St Andrews. For more information, please contact the ISHR Director, Dr Katie Stevenson.

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Contact

St Andrews Institute of Scottish Historical Research
University of St Andrews
St Katharine’s Lodge,
The Scores,
St Andrews Fife,
United Kingdom
KY16 9AL

ishrmail@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1334 462890
Fax: +44 (0)1334 462927

Welcome to the St Andrews Institute of

Scottish Historical Research

 

St Salvator's Quadrangle, St Andrews University
St Salvator's Quadrangle

The Institute of Scottish Historical Research was founded in 2007 by Prof. Roger Mason, who also acted as Director until 2013. It is the largest institute for research into Scotland’s past and holds a central place in the life of Scottish historians at the University of St Andrews. The Institute draws together the excellence and expertise of nearly twenty historians of Scotland, including Prof. T.C. Smout, the Historiographer Royal for Scotland. In 2013 the ISHR launched an initiative to attract scholars of international distinction to visit the institute for short periods to undertake intensive research.

The Institute provides an intellectual and social focus for staff and a thriving community of postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers working on all periods of Scottish history from the early Middle Ages to the present. The Institute hosts a number of events throughout the year attracting delegates and speakers from all over the world, including a fortnightly research seminar series, workshops and conferences with an emphasis on new discoveries and directions in historical enquiry.

The Institute has several major collaborative research initiatives under its auspices, including the Scottish Parliament Project, the History of the Universities Project, the Scotland and the Wider World Project, the Scotland, Scandinavia and Northern Europe Database, and the Scotland and the Flemish People Project. Staff working in the ISHR regularly attract research funding and grants to further their research into Scotland's history.

Enquiries about the work of the ISHR can be sent to the current Director, Dr Katie Stevenson.

 

Seminar programme

The Institute runs a popular research seminar program with visiting speakers delivering papers on a broad range of topics.

The current seminar series programme can be found here

ISHR Visiting Scholar 2014-15

The ISHR is delighted to announce that it will host medieval and early modern historian Dr Lorna Barrow of Macquarie University, Sydney, as visiting scholar in 2014-15. For more details, please visit the School of History blog.

Inaugural TC Smout Lecture

The inaugural TC Smout Lecture in Scottish History took place on Thursday 26th September at 5.15 in the New Arts Lecture Theatre.

Professor Fredrik Jonsson (Chicago): Enlightenment's Frontier: the Scottish Highlands and the Origins of Environmentalism.