Archive for September, 2014

we’re pleased to let you know that MCRG is now on Twitter @EdinburghMCRG. We’re going to be using Twitter for the purposes of the Migration & Citizenship Digest which we used to send out by email, in other words to bring to your attention any upcoming seminars, conferences, jobs and training opportunities in the field of migration and citizenship. For those who are not on twitter, we will send an email to the MCRG list every week with a link to our twitter webpage so you can view all our posts from that week. For those who are on twitter, please follow us so that we can follow you: we will be happy to retweet any relevant posts. Here is the link: https://twitter.com/EdinburghMCRG

Secondly, we would like to invite all MCRG members to consider giving a paper in our seminar series either later this semester or next semester. We welcome any seminar proposal relating to completed or ongoing research. If you are interested, please reply to mcrg@ed.ac.uk with some prospective dates which would work for you, a provisional title and a few lines about the proposed topic. For information, we are aiming to hold our seminars on Tuesday lunchtimes (we can be flexible if this doesn’t work for you though).

Last but not least, don’t forget to come along tomorrow to our first seminar of the semester, featuring Scottish Government statistician Celia Macintyre. This will be essential for anyone interested in migration flows to and within Scotland:

Understanding migration in Scotland—origin destination data and micro data in the 2011 census, a guide for potential users
30 Sept. 2014, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, Seminar room 5, 12:30-14:00pm

We look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow.

Alistair and Sophia

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ASN15 Call for Papers-page-001

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Seminar: Empire, Industry and Class, 25 September 2014


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The Voices of Post-Conflict Project is delighted to invite all interested parties to attend our conference and exhibition, held in two parts in Edinburgh from September 30th to October 10th.

The Voices of Post-Conflict Project is an Edinburgh University student-led initiative, aiming to raise awareness about the experiences of women and young people in the aftermath of war. Our purpose is to facilitate a space where the NGO sector, academics and the general public can engage with each other through our conference ‘Agency in Post-Conflict Societies – Perspectives on Issues of Gender and Agency for Women and Young People’.

This will be a multi-disciplinary platform to shed a light on experiences of post-conflict situations, and to inspire new perspectives on initiatives for improving the agency of individuals in conflict and its aftermath.

To read more about the project and to find more details about our specific events, please visit our websites,




For any questions, please contact us at voicesofpostconflict@gmail.com.

Poster VoPC


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Free event, all welcome.

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Luath Press is pleased to invite you to the launch of

Tom Nairn: Old Nations, Auld Enemies, New Times.
Selected Essays.

at Martin Hall, New College, 1 Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LU on
Monday 15th September at 6.00pm for 6.30pm to 8.30pm, followed by a reception until 9pm. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

‘Tom Nairn has been the most forceful and original mind to confront, de-mask and anatomise the British state.’ Neal Asherson, London Review of Books

Tom Nairn will make a rare public appearance at the launch of this expansive collection of his provocative and influential work. The event will be chaired by editors Jamie Maxwell and Pete Ramand. Speakers will include, Anthony Barnett, Isobel Lindsay and Tariq Ali followed by time for Q&A, comments and discussion.

Entry is free but places are strictly limited. Please click here for more information and to reserve your place online, or alternatively call 0131 225 4326.

A map showing New College can be found here (enter through main entrance on Mound Place and proceed to doorway on right hand side courtyard opposite John Knox statue).

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Rachel Hutchins (http://idea-udl.org/members/hutchins/ ) will be presenting a seminar on 24th September co-sponsored by Sociology and Edinburgh NANI. Rachel does some very interesting work using historic school textbooks as a key resource in examining nation/state- building (see abstract below)

Rachel has also very kindly agreed to hold an informal PG/Staff workshop on the afternoon of the 24th (14.00, CMB seminar room 3 – on the ground floor) to which all interested PG students and staff are very cordially invited. It will prove a useful and interesting opportunity to think about HOW we go about studying nations and nationalism. It will also be an occasion to meet and welcome some of the new MSc/PhD students arriving in Edinburgh to study all things national.


24th September

RESEARCH SEMINAR: 11am, 6th Floor Common Room CMB, 15a George Square.

WORKSHOP: 2pm,  Seminar Room 3, Ground Floor, CMB, 15a George Square.


RACHEL HUTCHINS: Teaching the Nation: Nationalism and National Identity in History Education


History education provides an official view of national identity and, as such, frequently generates controversy well beyond the educational establishment. National identity is not – as nationalists often purport – fixed and eternal, but is continually redefined. This redefinition usually involves renegotiation between proponents of competing visions of who is part of the nation and which ideologies and values reflect the community’s spirit and best interest. History curricula and textbooks are a prime site of such renegotiations. Studying these educational materials and the debates surrounding them in different countries and over time allow insight into how and why conceptions of national identity change and how this process perpetuates national attachment.

This paper examines national history curricula and textbooks from France and the United States over the past 30 years. These countries have experienced comparable demographic and cultural shifts since the 1960s, resulting in intense public debate over national identity. In both cases, this paper shows, historical narratives have been expanded to include more women and ethnic minorities while reaffirming unity via a renewed emphasis on traditional national symbols and ideology.

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