Professor Tom Devine OBE FBA FRSE, delivered the annual RSE Christmas Lecture to local school students at 2pm and to the public at 7pm at the Glasgow Science Centre.
The Scots have long been one of Europe's greatest emigrant peoples. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the Scottish exodus reached truly unprecedented proportions. Yet this was also an era of remarkable material and social transformation in Scotland as the nation became one of the most prosperous on earth during the Victorian decades. Why then were so many Scots leaving the country of their birth to make new lives in the New World at a rate only paralleled by emigration from some of Europe's poorest countries? This lecture will confront this intriguing and challenging puzzle and comes up with some surprising answers.
Professor Devine is a Personal Senior Research Professor in History, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.
Speaker - Professor Yasir Suleiman CBE FRSE, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Professor of Modern Arabic Studies and Director of Alwaleed Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge.
How did the official media in Egypt, Libya and Syria discuss the Arab Spring? What tropes of national identity did these media use to describe and explain the popular uprisings in these countries? What do these descriptions and tropes tell us about the structure of the Arab political scene? Will Islamist movements gain political ascendency in the post-revolutionary Arab order? What lessons can be learnt from the Arab Spring in the way we discuss and debate the Middle East? This lecture dealt with these issues by examining ways of media representation, inter-Arab political rivalries and the Islamist phobia regionally and in Western circles.