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Fall Colloquium

Fall 2022 

The Centre will host a special community event in August 2022 in lieu of a fall colloquium. Stay tuned for more details!
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The Fall 2021 Colloquium was cancelled due to COVID-19.

On 6 November, 2021, the Centre hosted an exciting online event and virtual exhibit launch co-sponsored with Archival and Special Collections, McLaughlin Library, featuring our valuable medieval Scottish land charter collection.  


Previous Colloquia


Representing the Scottish Past in Film, Text, and Media.

Dr Sylvia Bryce-Wunder (Wilfrid Laurier University) Scotching Shibboleths: Muriel Spark's Literary Iconoclasm and the Demythologisation of Scottishness
Dr Marian Toledo (Wilfrid Laurier University) "England's Rape of Scotland": Mythologising Scottish History in Alexander McQueen's "Highland Rape" (A/W 1995) and "The Widows of Culloden" (A/W 2006)
Kathryn M. Comper (University of Guelph) Creating a Hero of Haggis: Food, Literature, and National Identity in Eighteenth-Century Scotland
Dr Katie Louise McCullough (Simon Fraser University) The Glengarry Cairn: Symbol of Highland Loyalism and Indigenous Dispossession
Dr Dave Nelson (Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College) Microbes and Xenophobes: Scotland's Moral Panic Over Italian Ice Cream, 1880-1920
Emma Flynn (University of Glasgow) We're Aw Jock Tamson's Bairns: Mary Queen of Scots and Contemporary Scottish Sectarianism
Dr Lucy R. Hinnie (University of Saskatchewan) The Metatextual Mary Queen of Scots
Jill McKenzie Memorial Lecture: Dr Graeme Morton (University of Dundee) Wallace Through the Looking Glass: Representing Patriotism Across the Ages


Mariah Hudec (University of Guelph) “Learned botanists, too wise to overlook trifles, set themselves to study even fairy-eggs”: John Francis Campbell’s Collection Methodology in Popular Tales of the West Highlands
Robert Fell (University of Edinburgh) Scotland’s Travellers and the Narrative Negotiation of Worldview
Fergus Maxwell (University of Guelph) Modern Subjectivity and the Travelogue Chapter Argument
Lawrence Abrams (UC Davis) “A Charm of Powerful Trouble”: Scottish Folklore and History in Comics and Graphic Novels
Brendan Egan (Queens University) “Planned to bring life back into living”: Image, Perception, and Identity in East Kilbride New Town
Dr Jack Whytock (Haddington House Trust & North-West) Gaelic Hymnody and the Diaspora Gaels in the New World
Dr Timothy Slonosky (Dawson College) Plague, Providence and Polemic: Literary Reactions to the Disasters of the 1540s
Jennifer Oldham (University of Guelph) Where is the Scottish in Scottish Children’s Chapbooks? 
Dr Dave Nelson (ABAC-Bainbridge) Caledonia Cancels Christmas: Scotland’s Complicated Relationship with Yule and Hogmanay
Brendan Egan (University of Guelph) James V’s Great Seal at the University of Guelph
Laura Harrison (University of Edinburgh) ‘Big Men Have Big Swords’: William Wallace’s Longsword as a Symbol of Medieval Masculinity in Scottish Popular Culture
Dr Marian Toledo Candelaria (Wilfrid Laurier University Press) When the “Popular” is Really Political: Reconsidering the Origins of the Macbeth Narrative.
Amanda Kentish (University of Edinburgh) The Big Grey Man of Ben Macdui: Supernatural Tales of Giants from Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Jos Collins (University of Edinburgh) Rethinking Scottish Folk Drama: How the Supernatural World Engages Us with Our Environment
Jill McKenzie Memorial Lecture: Dr Lizanne Henderson (University of Glasgow) Witchcraft and Shamanism in Northern Communities: A View from Scotland


Daniel Holman (University of Guelph): 'Fighting for freedom after independence in John Barbour's The Bruce'
Devon Sherwood (University of Guelph): 'The Lives of Mary, Queen of Scots: Perspectives'
Amy Beingessner (University of Guelph): 'Stones: interpreting Scottish identity in the eighteenth century'
Shayna Devlin (University of Guelph): 'Robert Stewart reconsidered: princes and power in late medieval Scotland'
James E. Fraser (University of Guelph): 'Partial eclipse: in search of Baithéne, second abbot of Iona'


Ted Cowan (University of Glasgow), "Caledonian Canada: Building the Foundation" (Jill McKenzie Memorial Lecture)
James Fraser (University of Guelph)
Graeme Morton (University of Dundee) "A Million Times Better: The Scottish Studies Foundation and the Spirit of Enlightenment"
Elizabeth Ewan (University of Guelph) "The Scottish Collection in the Library of the University of Guelph"
Katie McCullough (Simon Fraser University) "Scottish Studies in Canada: Notes from the Pacific Northwest"
David Hunter (Scottish Studies Foundation)