Paul Malgrati




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Thesis Title: Robert Burns and Scottish Politics (from 1914 to the present)
Supervisor: Prof. Colin Kidd and Prof. Robert Crawford (joint-supervision with the School of English)


My PhD focuses on the making of Robert Burns's memory in modern Scotland, from 1914 to the present.  Burns has taken many faces over the last one hundred years, all meaningful to analyse the evolution of Scotland's recent history. A pillar of British patriotism during the First World War, Burns's memory was investigated and reassessed by modern Scottish writers and radical political parties during the interwar. Since then, Burns's afterlife went through many variations, culminating, in 1999, with the rendition of Burns's song, 'A Man's a Man', at the opening ceremony of the Scottish Parliament. By following these shifts in Burns's memory making, my work aims to shed new light on aspects of modern Scottish identity. 

From 2011 to 2016, I was a student at Sciences Po, in Paris, where I completed my master dissertation, in June 2016, on: 'Masculinities and Radical Politics in interwar-France. The cases of the French Communist Party and the French Popular Party. 1921-1939'.

My research interests lie mainly in modern Scottish History, Literature, and Poetry; interactions between literature, poetry, and politics; intellectual history of Modern Scotland; radical movements in modern Scotland and modern France; political uses of the past in modern politics; poetry translation; masculinity.


AHRC Doctoral Training Studentships with the SGSAH
Ewan and Christine Brown Postgraduate Studentship in the Arts and Humanities.


'MacDiarmid's Burns: the Political Context. 1917-1928', in Scottish Literary Review (forthcoming, January 2019).
“Red City, Brown City, City of Men: Radical Activism and Man-up Politics in Interwar Saint-Denis”, in Histoire@Politique, 35, May-August 2018[available online] 
"Notre jeunesse : de la gachette au coeur" in Nicolas Truong, Tzvetan Todorov, Giorgio Agamben, Marcel Gauchet, Gilles Kepel, Pascal Ory (, Résister à la terreur , (Paris, 2016). 


Conference Papers

  • Mutable Memory: Burns’s Legacy and Scottish Politics from 1914 to 2014’, ISHR 'PG- Work-in Progress Seminar'', St Andrews, 1 February 2018.
  • ‘See yonder poor’: Burns and the Welfare State (1940s-1950s), at "Immortalized Memory: Iterations and adaptations of the work of Robert Burns", St Andrews, 25 January 2018.
  • 'Fighting over Scotland’s voice: The Burnsian Reformation of the 1910s-1930s', St Andrews Institute of Scottish Historical Research Reading weekend, 9 April 2017. 
  • ‘Let us do or dee, for a' that: the French (re)translation of Burns's
    revolutionary slogans’,
     at 'Scotland in Translation, St Andrews. 7 April 2017.
  • The Bard’s legacy and Scottish political parties in the 20th century’, at 'Remembering Burns: Myths and Memorialisations of the poetry of Robert Burns', St Andrews, 23 January 2017.
  • Panel Discussant at the conference 'St Andrews and Europe', held on the day of Prof. Sally Mapstone's installation as Principal of St Andrews University, 29 November 2016.

Conference organisation

Organisation of the forthcoming conference: 'Joe Corrie (1894-1968): miner, poet, playwright', St Andrews Byre Theatre, 3 October 2018.
Co-organisation of the 2018 SGSAH symposium, "Alienation, communication, coexistence", Glasgow, 18 June 2018. 
Co-organisation of the conference, "Ireland, Scotland, and the problem of English nationalism", St Andrews, 1 June 2018, in collaboration with Dr Sean Murphy & Dr Piotr Potocki. 
Co-organisation of the workshop "Immortalized Memory: Iterations and adaptations of the work of Robert Burns", in collaboration with Dr Sean Murphy, St Andrews, 25 January 2018.


FR1001 — French grammar and literature (First semester 2017-2018). 
MO1008 —Themes in late modern history. (Second semester 2017-2018). 
MO2008 —Scotland, Britain, and Empire (First semester 2018-2019).