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The Lost Art of Scottish Biography?
29 Aug 2014
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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.