Sunday 8 May 2011

Conference Registration Open

"Alexander Carmichael: Collecting, Controversy and Contexts"
Thursday 23 to Friday 24 June 2011
Centre for Research Collections,
Edinburgh University Library, George Square, Edinburgh.

In order to celebrate the completion of the most recent phase of the Carmichael Watson Project, the Centre for Research Collections is pleased to host a major interdisciplinary conference focusing on the life, career, and legacy of the great Hebridean folklorist, collector and author Alexander Carmichael (1832–1912).

Among the themes to be considered at the conference will be the Carmichael family; Alexander Carmichael's circle; Carmichael as collector of texts and objects; Carmichael and the environment; as well as folklore in the digital age.

The conference will showcase the important work being done by younger scholars and independent scholars alike in shedding further light on Carmichael's achievements, on the controversies surrounding his work, and on the people, the history, the environment, and the culture of the nineteenth-century Hebrides.

A conference highlight will be the launch of the new Carmichael Watson Project website, giving access for the first time to fully indexed transcriptions of all of Alexander Carmichael's field notebooks, the 'holy grail' for Carmichael researchers for several decades. A small exhibition of objects and images connected with Carmichael will accompany the conference.

Keynote Speakers will include Professor William Gillies, Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh and Peter Burnhill Director of EDINA.

To close the conference a concert will be held at St Cecilia's Hall, Cowgate, Edinburgh, featuring performances from acclaimed Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes, piper Allan MacDonald and Còisir Dhùn Èideann. The concert is open to members of the public, who can purchase tickets from the University of Edinburgh's ePay website. Ticket price is 10:00 GBP and includes a complimentary refreshment during the interval.

Attendance at 'Alexander Carmichael: Collecting, Controversy and Contexts' will cost 60:00 GBP or 25:00 GBP for students. The cost includes attendance at all lectures, teas/coffees, lunches, the reception to mark the launch of the Carmichael Watson project website and the conference concert.

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Stone whorls WHM 1992 13 2.4

Stone whorls WHM 1992 13 2.4
Stone whorls collected by Alexander Carmichael, held by West Highland Museum (ref. WHM 1992 13 2.4). [©]