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Visiting Scholar Talks 2016

Monday 25 July 2016

Our Visiting Scholar talks for 2016 will all take place at the Special Collections Napier Reading Room, Martyrs Kirk, North Street.
The events are free, there's no need to book, and everyone is welcome!

Keelan Overton and Kristine Rose -'The Indo-Persian Biography and Binding of the St Andrews Timurid Qur'an' - 1 August, 5.00pm

This workshop with the St Andrews Timurid Qur’an (the only known Qur’an made for Abu Sa‘id (r. 1451-69) and later owned by Tipu Sultan of Mysore (r.1782-99) will focus on the manuscript’s constituent parts, from the text itself, the reading notes, binding and notes indicating ownership. The overall goal of the workshop is to unpack the distinct phases of production and refurbishment and to trace the life of the manuscript in a number of contexts.

Elizabeth Edwards - 'Photographic Monuments: Views and the Making of Cultural Heritage' - 4 August, 5.30pm

Professor Elizabeth Edwards (De Montfort University) will explore the ways in which topographical views by commercial photographic firms such as J. Valentine contributed to a growing sense of 'national heritage'. She will argue that photography played a large part in the establishment of historical sites as 'important monuments' to be preserved for posterity for the public good. In particular she will explore the circulation and use of images of ruins taken by J Valentine and Co and other major commercial ‘views trade’ photographers in establishing a popular sense of the past.

Maxine Branagh - 'The Young Scottish Reader at University in the Long Eighteenth Century' - 18 August, 5.00pm

This talk will look at the young borrowers of the University of St Andrews Library from the mid-eighteenth century to mid-nineteenth centuries. Maxine Branagh will piece together evidence from the borrowers records, library catalogues and other archival materials held by Special Collections to find out what the young students of the University were reading in this period. In the context of the rest of her PhD, she will examine how this might fit in with other patterns of childhood and young-adulthood reading practices across Scotland in the wake of the Enlightenment and what this can tell us about how reading materials shaped the identities of young Scottish men in this period.