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ADRI research seminar: Murdo Macdonald
Thursday 22 November, Room CG51, Hendon Campus, Middlesex University

ADRI research seminar with Murdo Macdonald (University of Dundee):

Identity and the Scottish Ga?idhealtachd

"From an international perspective, I explore the outcomes and networks of a practice-led research project, ‘Window to the West: Towards a Redefinition of the Visual within Gaelic Scotland’, funded by AHRC from 2005 to 2011. A fundamental aim of the project was to restore an art history to the Scottish Gàidhealtachd. The project had a strong foundation in art practice both in terms of the making of work and the curation of exhibitions. The Gaelic language context was provided by research team members at our collaborator institution Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic College of the University of the Highlands and Islands. There are parallels with the struggle of other colonised and indigenous cultures to have their visual traditions recognised, for example that of India in the early years of the 20th century."

About the presenter:

Murdo Macdonald is Professor of History of Scottish Art at the University of Dundee. His doctoral thesis (University of Edinburgh, 1986) explored the relationships between art and science. He was editor of Edinburgh Review from 1990-1994. He is author of Scottish Art in Thames and Hudson’s World of Art series. His recent research focus has been as principal investigator of an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project Window to the West/ Uinneag dhan Àird an Iar: Towards a Redefinition of the Visual within Gaelic Scotland (2005-2011). This is a collaboration between the Visual Research Centre of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic College in the Isle of Skye. It explores the inter-relationships of contemporary art, Gaelic language and culture, and art history. A further research interest is in the generalist ideas of the cultural activist and ecologist Patrick Geddes. He is currently engaged in research into art and Robert Burns, in particular in relation to statues and monuments relating to the poet. He was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 2009.

Location: Room CG51, Hendon Campus, Middlesex University London

Time: Thursday 22 November from 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Light refreshments are available.


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