Saturday, October 18, 2014

CFP: New Immigration Histories from 1965 to 2015

The Immigration and Ethnic History Society has posted a call for papers for their upcoming conference entitled Immigrant America: New Immigration Histories from 1965 to 2015. It will be an interdisciplinary conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Immigration Act to be held in October 2015.

If you specialize in the migration of people to the United States after 1965 check out the details here. Proposals are due 9 January 2015.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Modern Scottish History Job Opening

The Centre for Scottish Studies at Simon Fraser University has recently posted an announcement for a fixed term position in Modern Scottish History. They are open to all areas of expertise, but specialization in the Scottish Diaspora, especially to British North America, would be an asset. See the full job ad at H-Net here.

Sounds like a fab opportunity and for the first time in many, many months I'm sorry that I've left academia and am not a viable candidate. So the rest of you out there who specialize in Scottish Diaspora studies after 1700  - apply, apply, apply!

h/t to Matthew McDowell, who shared the announcement on Twiter

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Primer on 18th Century Scottish Emigration to the US



Most of the literature "out there" on Scottish Emigration to what is now the United States focuses on the 18th century. This primer from the National Tartan Day Society of Washington is no different. Their brief introduction to emigration from the Lowlands and Highlands of Scotland and from Northern Ireland doesn't break any new ground, but it is short and concise.

If you are trying to understand why your ancestors may have left Scotland or Ulster during this time period or are looking for a research topic for a capstone project, this site is a good place to start. If you are looking for a thesis or dissertation project, I would suggest examining nineteenth century emigration from these areas as it will be easier to complete original research and will make a significant contribution to the field.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Seventeenth Century Scotland

Killiecrankie, site of the 1689 Battle
BBC History Magazine has published a brief history of Scotland in the seventeenth century written by Karin Bowie of Glasgow University.

This century saw many momentous political events as well as the shift of Scottish migration westward to Ireland and North America and away from countries surrounding the North Sea.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Scottish Referendum on Independence: What Next?



After an historic vote on Independence, in which almost 85% of the electorate participated, Scotland will remain in the United Kingdom. Good news for many; expected, but unwelcome, news for others. While the run-up the the referendum was terribly exciting, what happens next - from a constitutional perspective - may be even more interesting. David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, promised to devolve more powers (commonly called Devo-Max) to the Scottish Parliament if Scotland voted No. See a timetable for this process in a Better Together Leaflet here. What makes this promise interesting from a constitutional perspective is that the devolution of power to Scotland may be coupled with a reworking of government to allow more powers to the rest of the country. Read more about nationwide change here and here.

Read insight on the vote from four historians, including Karin Bowie of Glasgow University, at BBC History magazine here.

Analysis from Irvine Welsh at The Guardian here.

Follow relevant Scottish politics from The Scotsman, The Herald, The Guardian, and the BBC.

For those of you interested in what the #VoteYes movement is up to after their defeat, search Twitter for #the45 or the #new45. The number 45 is a reference to the percentage of people who voted for Independence; 1745 is the year of the final Jacobite Uprising, known as "the '45".

I am sure that those who voted No, but are worried that the devolution of powers may not occur as promised are also active on Twitter, but if they have a catchy hashtag I don't know about it.


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