Waving Through a Window

This article comes from Steph Weir who is a third year PhD student at Heriot-Watt University’s Orkney Campus. With a Masters in environmental anthropology from Aberdeen, she is now investigating the trends of and attitudes towards enclosure and privatisation at sea, with specific emphasis on the ‘fairness’ of such socio-political movements on coastal communities. She … Continue reading Waving Through a Window

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Like a Band-Aid: pulling off your first conference paper

This post comes from Brittnee Leysen, a first-year self-funded international PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow in Celtic and Gaelic. Having completed her undergraduate degree in Anthropology, and MLitt in Celtic Studies, she now explores the Scottish diaspora through place-names in the Otago region of New Zealand. You can connect with her on Twitter … Continue reading Like a Band-Aid: pulling off your first conference paper

Singing Tour of Britain – visiting choirs and singing groups set up for people who have experienced homelessness

This guest article is from Shelly Coyne who is based in the IMHSD in the Reid School of Music at Edinburgh University. She is exploring choirs and community singing groups set up for singers who have experienced homelessness.  Shelly has worked as a choir leader for over 19 years predominantly in areas of poverty and … Continue reading Singing Tour of Britain – visiting choirs and singing groups set up for people who have experienced homelessness

What does my PhD on Scottish heritage and tourism have to do with Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe has been all over the media recently, as a sudden intervention by the army resulted in the resignation of Robert Mugabe after three decades in charge. The southern African state has seen years of economic & political instability and has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world (at an estimated 95%![1]). News … Continue reading What does my PhD on Scottish heritage and tourism have to do with Zimbabwe?

Visiting Doctoral Research Placement: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz

This guest article comes from Alasdair Grant, who is a second year PhD student in History at the University of Edinburgh, jointly supervised at the University of St Andrews. He is researching Christian-Muslim relations in the late Byzantine world (eastern Mediterranean, 13-15 centuries) through the specific example of people who were taken as captives. For … Continue reading Visiting Doctoral Research Placement: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz