Conflicted Cities 1880 – 1930

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Conflicted Cities workshop/conference.  Sat 7 June 2014

Prof. Christopher Harvie

Professor of British Studies in the English Seminar of Tübingen University, Baden-Württemberg
Honorary Professor of Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Honorary Professor of History, Strathclyde University

Having studied and tutored at the University of Edinburgh Chris joined Arthur Marwick’s pioneering history department at the Open University in 1969. Chris completed his doctoral thesis in 1972, published as The Lights of Liberalism 1860-86 (1976), followed by Scotland and Nationalism (1977) (now in its fourth edition). In 1979, Chris was appointed as Chair of British and Irish studies at the University of Tübingen in Germany, where he stayed until 2007. His publications include The Centre of Things (1991), The Rise of Regional Europe (1993), and Floating Commonwealth (2008), of which Pat Kane said ‘Harvie has provided a new mental and historical map for these islands, which could have more than scholarly consequences’.

Chris was a member of the Labour Party from 1962 to 1988, and was involved in the campaign for a Scottish Assembly in 1979 (penning the pamphlet ‘The Scottish Assembly and why you must vote for it’ with another young buck from Edinburgh University’s history department, Gordon Brown). As the eighties drew to a close, however, his CND loyalties led him to leave the Labour party and move to the SNP. He is a member of Plaid Cymru. In May 2007, Chris was elected as the Member of the Scottish parliament for Mid-Scotland and Fife, in which role he served on the Economics, Energy and Tourism Committee. Though officially retired, he combined his political and academic work supervising students, giving seminars and examining doctoral candidates.

Chris did not seek re-election in 2011 as an MSP, instead retiring to his home in Melrose, where he continues to write. On 12 March 2012, he was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the German Federal Republic in recognition of his lifelong contribution to German-Scottish understanding.


Prof. Graeme Morton
Professor of Modern History
University of Dundee

Graeme Morton is Professor of Modern History and Director of the Centre for Scottish Culture at the University of Dundee. Previously he was Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and holder of the the inaugural Scottish Studies Foundation Chair at the University of Guelph (2004-2013). Reflecting a long standing interest in national identity, his recent publications include The Scottish Diaspora (Edinburgh, 2013);Ourselves and Others (Edinburgh, 2012); and Irish and Scottish Encounters with Indigenous Peoples (Montreal & Kingston, 2013). His latest book: William Wallace: A National Tale comes out in September.


Prof. Robert J. Morris

Emeritus Professor of Economic and Social History
The University of Edinburgh

Professor Morris is Emeritus Professor of Economic and Social History in the School of History of Edinburgh University. His interest in social class formation and industrial towns in the nineteenth century has extended to a wide ranging interest in the nature of urbanisation and in all aspects of urban social structure, especially gender, ethnicity, religion and language. All these themes link to an interest in the distinctive nature of urban Scotland. Studies of family, property, power and space also link them to a long term interest in the creation and nature of the urban built environment. He was a past President of the European Urban History Association in addition to being President of the Economic and Social History Society of Scotland and patron of the Thoresby Society.


Dr. Olena Haleta

Erasmus Mundus Fellow at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

Associate Professor at the Department of Literary Theory and Comparative Literary Studies,
Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine

The focus of my research is cultural identity (modern and postmodern period) analyzed from a methodological perspective of literary anthropology. This approach has been developed within my course “Anthropology of culture” designed for an experimental MA-program of cultural and social studies at Lviv University. It could be described by a triad anthropos – topos – tropos, which has been implemented in numerous projects by the Centre for the Humanities, where I have worked as a senior research fellow and director. The most important of which are series of international public lectures and discussions “Solo singing… new voices”, “University Dialogs”, and “Intellectual biography”, followed by collections of essays Formalism (2004), Sappho (2005), Irony (2006), Histories and/of literature (2010), and series “University Dialogs” (19 issues since 2007).

This approach was also developed due to my participation in international research programs at Warsaw University, Toronto University, Harvard University, Columbia University, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Vienna University, and Humboldt University of Berlin.


Dr Manjushree Singh
Associate Professor of History
Gargi College, Delhi University
I have almost thirty years experience as an academician specializing in Modern Indian History. I am an associate professor at Gargi College,University of Delhi, India. I have also conducted extensive research on the agrarian problems, and the nationalist movement in the state of Uttar Pradesh. My recent research is on social life and social change in the capital city Delhi in the first quarter of the century after  India’s independence. This study was funded by University Grants Commission,Delhi. I am currently working on imperialism, nationalism and local politics in Delhi (1930-35).
Dr Gareth Jenkins
Since completing my Doctorate at University College London (2006) I have lectured with the Open University on a number
of courses and am an active member of the WEA’s P-T Sessional Tutor panel.  I have attended major history conferences and given numerous presentations both domestically and internationally.  I have had an article entitled the ‘Conservative Approach to
Religious Sectarianism in Belfast and Liverpool, 1880-1921’ published in International Labor and Working-Class History (No. 78, Fall, 2010, pp164-180) plus a research paper entitled ‘What Does It Mean To Be British?  Belfast and Liverpool’s Experiences of Adaptation and Reaction, 1880-1921’ published for the History and Policy network, Kings College, London (March 2011) and an article in the North West Labour History Journal (No. 36, 2011-12, pp37-46) entitled ‘Rowdyism versus Respectability’. Belfast and Liverpool’s Experiences of Protestant Street Preaching during the Edwardian Period’. I am currently awaiting the publication by the Paris-based Ars Identitatis network of a book article entitled “Group Religious Identity and the Challenge of Diversity: Belfast and Liverpool as Contrasting Case Studies of Political Intervention, 1880-1921”
Brendan Twomey
Trinity College Dublin
Brendan combined a long career in banking with a decade as the treasurer of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, and was involved in significant architectural restoration projects in Dublin.  His publications include Sir John T. Gilbert: life, works and contexts (2013), eighteenth-century finances in the city ‘Financing Speculative Property Development in early eighteenth century Dublin’ in The eighteenth-century Dublin Town House (ed. Christine Casey) (2010), Dublin in 1707 – A year in the life of the city (2009) and Smithfield and the parish of St Paul- 1698-1750 (2004). Brendan is currently researching his PhD on ‘Episcopal reform and the Church of Ireland in the reign of William and Mary’.
To register for Conflicted Cities please email:
Organised by Dr Ciarán Wallace, Centre for Contemporary Irish History, Trinity College Dublin
The Conflicted Cities workshop/conference is supported by financial assistance from
The Trinity College Dublin Association and Trust

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