Workshop 3 – 7th September 2018


University of Glasgow: room TBC

Workshop Coordinators: Dr Manon Mathias (Glasgow) & Dr Michael Rapport (Glasgow)

How were leading Scottish figures in medicine, science and technology such as Lord Kelvin, William Cullen, Mary Somerville or David Brewster positioned in relation to other European thinkers and researchers during the nineteenth century? By what mechanisms did Scotland and Europe engage in scientific, medical, technological and philosophical exchange? Through what forms and media did these exchanges take place? In what ways did they engage with civil society and how were the new ideas and practices disseminated and absorbed in different geographical and cultural contexts?  In what ways did these exchanges and networks enhance national identities or transcend them? How did they promote reciprocal cultural images of ‘Scotland’ and ‘Europe’, and shape attitudes towards ‘modernity’? Who were the participants in these exchanges – in what ways, for example, did Scottish and European women engage in them? How far, and in what ways, were scientific interactions encouraged by government and civil society? How were Scottish contributions to emerging disciplines such as mental health received in the rest of Europe and, conversely, what was the impact of medical breakthroughs such as Koch and Pasteur’s bacteriological discoveries on Scottish culture and society? What perceptions were held of Scotland and Europe in relation to health or scientific knowledge at this time, and how far did these echo our modern-day concerns about science, morality, the nature of progress and the importance of trans-national collaboration for the common good?

Our third workshop will take place at the University of Glasgow on Friday 7 September 2018 between 10.30-4.30pm.

Places are limited and will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. To read the report of our second workshop held in June, please click here (This link will be added after the workshop has taken place).

Participants are invited to speak for roughly 5 minutes during the break-out session on a topic which addresses at least one of the questions above.

A number of slots are reserved for postgraduate students and we encourage you to attend.

To participate, please order a £3 ticket using this Eventbrite page (this link will be added once the Eventbrite page is live) by Friday 24 August 2018 at 5pm and send an email to and including a short bio and a few lines indicating your interest in the workshop.

The £3 charge secures your place and will be donated to a Scottish charitable organisation after the workshop.

Please also send 50-100 words on the topic you intend to speak on for 5 minutes in the proposed break-out sessions and let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

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