Monthly Archives: March 2018

Call for Papers: First Millennia Studies Group Day Seminar

The call for papers for the First Millennia Studies Group Day Seminar is now open!

Sex and gender identities in the first millennia: Scottish evidence and its wider context

A day seminar of the First Millennia Studies Group, Tuesday 19 June 2018 to be held in the Meadows Lecture Theatre, University of Edinburgh

Recent years have seen considerable advances in studying sex and gender identities in pre- and proto-historic societies, but this has had little impact on approaches to the Scottish evidence. In seeking to explore this topic in a First Millennia Studies Group day seminar, offers of papers are invited that address the following questions.  How can analysis driven by regions/periods with strong burial evidence and/or textual records benefit understanding of Scottish identities more widely?  Are there problems of perception in modern studies, in where research effort is focused, or how the subject is organised/promoted?  How do attitudes today to sex and gender identities shape how we approach the past?  How do we move to a richer understanding of the past?
Papers are requested that offer novel treatments and perspectives from inside and outside Scotland to allow discussion of how work on this topic can be developed.
In addition, we propose to have a Lightning Round – a 10 minute platform for which we encourage contributions from post-graduates working on relevant topics.

Offers of papers, including a title and a short abstract, specifying whether a full 20 minute paper or a Lightening Round contribution, should be sent to by Friday 30th March 2018.


Next Lectures: DOUBLE BILL! Materialising power in early medieval Britain / Iona


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The next lecture in the 2017 – 2018 seminar series will be on Tuesday the 3rd April. It’s a double bill so don’t miss it!

Gordon Noble: Materialising power in early medieval Britain: forts and rulership

Ewan Campbell & Adrian Maldonado: Iona

The website for the Glasgow Iona Research Group can be found at


As usual, the lecture will be at 6:00pm in the Meadows Lecture Theatre in the Archaeology Department, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Edinburgh.

Please note that the building is locked at 18.00, so if you arrive late you will probably not be able to get in.