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Special Events

The Guelph Centre for Scottish Studies organizes a number of events each year including conferences, roundtable seminars and special lectures. These events are advertised here and on our social media platforms. Members of the public are welcome to attend all of our events. If you are interested in our events and would like to receive updates, please contact us.

Roundtable Seminars

The Scottish Studies Roundtable Series presents seminars organised by the Centre which take place throughout the academic year (September – April) and, occasionally, during the summer months. Speakers are scholars of Scottish history including graduate students from the Centre and the University of Guelph, faculty members, local researchers and visiting scholars from universities around the province, around the country and around the world.

Please note: The Scottish Studies Roundtable Series has currently been suspended. 

Prospective speakers interested in giving a talk are invited to contact the office with your proposal. 


Our largest events each year are the Spring and Fall meetings of the Scottish Studies Colloquium: day conferences which have been hosted annually since 1968. The colloquia are public events which draw speakers from across North America, the United Kingdom and the rest of the world to present current research on aspects of Scottish history and culture.  They provide the opportunity for scholars and the public to come together to discuss Scottish history and heritage.

The Spring Colloquium has for several years been hosted by our friends at Knox College at the University of Toronto, while the Fall Colloquium takes place at the University of Guelph.

During the Fall Colloquium, we are proud to host the Jill McKenzie Memorial Lecture and, in odd-numbered years, the Frank Watson Book Prize lecture.  The Fall and Spring Colloquia provde the opportunity for guests and members to support the Frank Watson Travel Award through the purchase of used (and sometimes rare!) books at a significantly reduced rate. Thanks to the enthusiastic support of our donors and colloquia attendees, our supply of books had dwindled over the years. In 2018, however, we received a generous donation from Helen Abrams of her late father's collection of books on Scottish history and culture.  Dr William Watson Buchanan was born in Glasgow and emigrated to Dundas, ON along with his wife, Margaret Buchanan, a native of North Uist who spoke fluent Gaìdhlig. Dr Buchanan was an early supporter of the Centre for Scottish Studies and his interests led him to amass numerous volumes on Scottish history, literature, folklore, and Gaelic language and culture. Thanks to this donation, we are now in a position to continue to support students whose projects require that they travel to Scotland for their research for years to come.