The Plenary Sessions at the Upcoming Conference

Claire Hawes
Friday 10 June 2016

There will be four plenary sessions at the conference on Scotland and the Flemish People that will take place on 16 and 17 June at the Gateway in St Andrews. This posting is the last of a series that previews the various sessions in the conferenceNote that this will be the last blog posting until late summer when we will post a short summary of the findings of the conference. 

Plenary I: Prof. Jan Dumolyn (University of Ghent) 

Time:  Thursday 16 June, 10am

Topic:  ‘Flemish Immigration to Scotland and to Britain during the Middle Ages’ 

Bio sketch:  Professor Dumolyn, a native of Bruges, has spent most of his academic career at the University of Ghent. He has also held positions as Visiting Fellow/Scholar at a number of universities in the UK including St Andrews. He has written several books and numerous articles on topics concerning the history of Flanders. His research interests include the urban history of the Low Countries, medieval collective action and social groups and prosopography. He has an ongoing interest in landscape-based research in Environmental History. 


Plenary II: Prof. Richard Oram (University of Stirling)

Time:  Thursday 16 June, 4pm

Topic:  ‘Enterprise and Environment: Flemish Colonisation, Economic Development and Environmental Change in Medieval Scotland’

Bio sketch: Professor Oram is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Environmental and Medieval History at the University of Stirling. He has held a number of senior university positions as well as governmental advisory roles. He has wide research interests including the Norse/Scandinavian North Atlantic past, and the historical, archaeological and architectural development of the Scotland’s historic burghs. He is also involved in a study of the parish system in Scotland that is centered in St Andrews.


Plenary III: Dr David Ditchburn (Trinity College Dublin)

Time:  Friday 17 June, 9:30am

Topic:  ‘Scotland and the Low Countries in the Later Middle Ages: Doing Diplomacy and its Consequences’

Bio sketch:  Dr Ditchburn is Head of School and Associate Professor in Medieval History at Trinity College Dublin. Most of his research concerns later medieval Scotland and its links with other countries. He has explored commercial connections and migration, but also religious and cultural interactions, such as saintly cults and pilgrimages. He is currently writing a companion volume to his Scotland and Europe that will examine the political and diplomatic links across both the insular and continental worlds.


Plenary IV: Dr Katie Stevenson (University of St Andrews)

Time:  Friday 17 June, 3:30pm

Topic:  ‘Cultural Kindred: Sharing Tastes and Talents in Early Renaissance Scotland’ and Flanders’

Bio sketch:  Dr Stevenson is Senior Lecturer in Late Medieval History at the University of St Andrews. A graduate of medieval history from the universities of Melbourne and Edinburgh, her main research interests centre on culture as a mode of communication in the exercise of power in the late Middle Ages. She is the author of Power and Propaganda: Scotland, 1306-1488 (2014) as well as a range of books and articles on late medieval Scottish chivalric culture.