The Lost Art of Scottish Biography?

  • Annie Tindley (Keynote/plenary speaker)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


    The Lost Art of Scottish Biography?
    Period29 Aug 2014
    Event typeConference
    LocationGlasgow, United KingdomShow on map


    • This workshop will consider the question of biography as a form of historical writing in Scotland. More specifically, we plan to investigate its relevance and worth, and to discuss different approaches to the form; this will explore the mechanics, problems and advantages of life writing and see whether biography still has relevance as a historical genre, if it is a dying art form, or whether new approaches allow biography to remain a vital form of historical writing. Two speakers will be sharing their experiences as historical biographers: Professor Jane Dawson (New College, Edinburgh) about her work on Calvinist reformer, historian and firebrand John Knox, and Dr Annie Tindley (University of Dundee) about her work on landowner, diplomat and governor Frederick Hamilton-Temple- Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava.