Events

All of our events are open to the public. You can watch a recording of our most recent event, ‘The Scottish Revival and the Canon’, below.

Our next event, ‘Patrick Geddes and Revival’ will take place on June 8th at 4pm. The event is free; you just need to register here. More information about the event can be found here.

The exact date for all other events will be confirmed in due course. We hope that some of these events will be able to take place in person. Please keep an eye on this page for updates, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook or just let us know if you would like us to keep you informed about future events.

Links to recordings of talks and webinars are posted on this page as they become available.

10 August 2021: Seminar 1. ‘What is Revival?’ (Online)

In this event, our panelists discussed what revival means generally in cultural terms and specifically in a Scottish context. Our panelists proposed definitions, examined the importance of manifestos, and analysed the cultural, historical and social ‘causes’ of revival. 

  • Alex Thomson – intellectual contexts of revival/renaissance 
  • Corey Gibson – folk revival and its relation to renaissance 
  • Charlotte Lauder – magazines promoting revival/renaissance  
  • Michelle Foot – spiritualism in Celtic Revival art

Our panelists all recorded talks before the seminar. You can see the talks here, along with a recording of the seminar itself (once a video is playing, use the forward and back buttons either side of the play/pause button to move between the talks):

5 November 2021: Seminar 2. ‘From Revival to Renaissance’ (Online) 

In this event, our panelists mapped the links between the late-Victorian period of the Celtic Revival and the Modernism (or otherwise) of the subsequent Scottish Renaissance period. 

  • Juliet Shields – uncanonical Scottish female writers and revival  
  • Glenda Norquay – Robert Louis Stevenson and revival; RLS in the renaissance  
  • Andrew Nash – publishing revival and renaissance  
  • Arianna Introna – from Victorian imperial fiction to the imperial connections of Violet Jacob’s renaissance

Our panelists all recorded talks before the seminar. You can see the talks here, along with a recording of the seminar itself (once a video is playing, use the forward and back buttons either side of the play/pause button to move between the talks):

31 March 2022: Seminar 3. ‘The Scottish Revival and the Canon’ (Online)

Our third event addressed how the Scottish literary and critical canon has placed the Scottish Revival, the role (both positive and negative) played by the Scottish Revival in canon formation, and who might still be absent from that canon, especially women writers and Gaelic writers. 

  • David Goldie – popular fiction/culture and its place in/out of revival/renaissance  
  • Petra Poncarová – Gaelic revival, its contexts and connections 
  • Scott Lyall – how contemporary Scottish criticism reads revival/renaissance 
  • Helena Duncan – Scottish female renaissance writers and (semi)rural community as problematising revival

Our panelists all recorded talks before the seminar. You can see the talks here, along with a recording of the seminar itself (once a video is playing, use the forward and back buttons either side of the play/pause button to move between the talks):

8 June 2022: Public Event 1. ‘Patrick Geddes and Revival’ (Online)

On 8 June 2022, The Scottish Revival Network, in association with The Patrick Geddes Centre, will host an online public event on ‘Patrick Geddes and Revival’. There is no charge for attending the event, just register here.

Three specialists on Patrick Geddes and late-Victorian Scotland – Professor Murdo Macdonald (Emeritus Professor of History of Scottish Art at the University of Dundee), Dr Elsa Richardson (Lecturer and Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Strathclyde) and Dr Michael Shaw (Lecturer in Scottish Literature at the University of Stirling) – will present papers that explore Geddes’s motivations for a cultural revival in Scotland, his reception by the Scottish Literary Renaissance, and the broader culture of revivalism in Scotland during the 1880–1950 period. There will then be an audience Q&A session. Chaired by Dr Scott Lyall (Associate Professor in Modern and Scottish Literature at Edinburgh Napier University), the event will take place via Zoom, starting at 4:00pm until 5:30pm. All welcome! The event is funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

November–December 2022: Seminar 4. ‘Global Scottish Revival’ (Online)

This seminar will look at the influences of the Scottish Revival on other cultures and revivals and explore the international influences on the Scottish Revival.  

  • Sascha Bru – global avant-gardes and their position on ‘revival’  
  • Richard Alan Barlow – Ireland in the Scottish revival, and Scotland in the Irish revival  
  • Carla Sassi – the European dimension of and influences on revival/renaissance 
  • Jim Benstead – MacDiarmid’s sources as part of his project for a world literature in In Memoriam James Joyce 

February–March 2023: Public Event 2. ‘The Revival and the National Movement’ (National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, or Online) 

This final event looks at the intersections between the Scottish Revival as a cultural movement and the national movement in politics. 

  • Alan Riach – context and links between revival/renaissance and politics  
  • Paul Malgrati – Robert Burns as a national figure in revival/renaissance  
  • Frances Fowle – myth-making and Scottish identity in Scottish revivalist art