Category Archives: Research Lectures

Research Lecture: Professor Mark Godfrey (University of Glasgow)

‘Courts and Councils: Litigation and Jurisdiction in Late Medieval Scotland’

Thursday 8 May, 2014, 5.15 pm
Garden Seminar Room, Kennedy Hall, School of English

Mark Godfrey, Professor of Law at the University of Glasgow, will give a paper entitled ‘Courts and Councils: Litigation and Jurisdiction in Late Medieval Scotland.’

Note from the speaker: “If I were to recommend one piece of background reading which would introduce the topic well it would probably be: A. M. Godfrey, ‘Parliament and the Law’, in Keith M. Brown and Alan R. Macdonald (eds.), The History of the Scottish Parliament. Volume 3: Parliament in Context 1235-1707 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010), pp 157-185.”

Professor Mark Godfrey is author of Civil Justice in Renaissance Scotland: the Origins of a Central Court (Series: Medieval law and its practice, 4) (Leiden; Boston, MA: Brill, 2009). He is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, and has also served on the Council of the Stair Society, the Scottish Record Society, the Editorial Board of The Records of the Parliament of Scotland to 1707, as Secretary of the Scottish Legal History Group, and in 2011-12 as National Adjudicator for the English Speaking Union / Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition.

Mark’s research interests are in legal history and the law of obligations. His main research field is the history of central justice, courts, jurisdiction, private law and dispute settlement in medieval and early modern Scotland. He has published extensively on the origins and development of the Court of Session, and on the foundation of the College of Justice in sixteenth-century Scotland.


Research Lecture: Professor Colin Kidd (University of St Andrews)

‘The Trials of Douglas Young: Hitler, Aristophanes and the SNP’

Wednesday 12 March, 2014, 5.15 pm
Lawson Lecture Room, Kennedy Hall, School of English

Colin Kidd, Professor of History at the University of St Andrews, will give a paper entitled ‘The Trials of Douglas Young: Hitler, Aristophanes and the SNP.’

2013 saw the centenary of the birth of Douglas Young, one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century Scottish nationalism. Leader of the SNP from 1942 to the end of the War, Young was imprisoned twice for refusing conscription – both military and industrial. He was also an eminent classicist, who translated some of the plays of Aristophanes into Lallans (Lowland Scots). Colin Kidd will investigate Young’s chequered career, and examine the broader context of the curious Scottish nationalist response to the world crisis of the 1940s.’

Professor Kidd’s current research focuses on the intellectual history of the English Enlightenment and its nineteenth-century aftermath, particularly in fields such as antiquarianism, mythography and religious apologetic.

His publications include: Union and Unionisms: Political Thought in Scotland 1500-2000 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008); The Forging of Races: Race and Scripture in the Atlantic World 1600-2000 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006); and British Identities before Nationalism: Ethnicity and Nationhood in the British Atlantic World, 1600-1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999).


Research Lecture: Professor Mary Nyquist (University of Toronto)

‘Hobbes, Injury and the Question of Resistance’

Wednesday 20 February, 2013, 2.15 pm
Lawson Room, Kennedy Hall, School of English

Mary Nyquist, Professor of English at the University of Toronto, will deliver a paper entitled ‘Hobbes, Injury and the Question of Resistance’.

Mary Nyquist is a distinguished Milton scholar, and her publications include several influential essays on John Milton, George Buchanan, Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. Her forthcoming book, Arbitrary Rule: Slavery, Tyranny and the Power of Life and Death (Chicago, IL: Chicago University Press, 2013) explores the complex links between the figurative ‘political slavery’ of early modern anti-tyranny discourse (in Buchanan, Milton, Hobbes, Locke), and the rise of transatlantic slavery. She demonstrates how principles relating to political slavery are bound up with a Roman jurisprudential doctrine that sanctions the power of life and death held by the slaveholder over slaves and by the state over citizens.