MemberKaren 'Kit' Baston

…Research Associate: Books and Borrowing, 1750-1830: An Analysis of Scottish Borrowers’ Registers, University of Glasgow, 2020-2023.

Research Assistant: Enlightenment Readers in the Scottish Universities: University of Glasgow Borrowing Registers, 1751-1790, University of Glasgow, 2018-2019

Project Manager: William Hunter’s Library: A Transcription of the Early Catalogues, University of Glasgow, 2016-2017

Research Assistant: Natural Law in Scotland, Edinburgh Law School, 2012-2013…

Dr Karen ‘Kit’ Baston is a historian, bibliographer, and freelance writer and researcher interested in aspects of the long eighteenth century especially in a British context. She specialises in  early modern Scottish lawyers’ libraries, Scottish legal history, the history of the book, and social history. She was Project Manager for ‘William Hunter’s Library: A transcription of the early catalogues’ at the University of Glasgow and Research Assistant for the ‘Glasgow Borrowing Registers’ project, also at the University of Glasgow. She is currently a research associate on the AHRC-funded project ‘Books and Borrowing, 1750-1830: An Analysis of Scottish Borrowers’ Registers’.

MemberKirsty Millican

I completed my PhD from the University of Glasgow titled ‘Contextualising the Cropmark Record: The timber monuments of Neolithic Scotland’ in 2009. From 2009-10 I held a short-term lectureship at the University of of Aberdeen and from 2010 have worked for Historic Environment Scotland. I am currently Aerial Survey Projects Manager at Historic Environment Scotland and Affiliate Researcher (Archaeology) at the University of Glasgow. I am co-director of the Lochbrow Landscape Project, an archaeological survey project investigating the sites and landscapes at and around Lochbrow in Dumfries and Galloway. My research interests include the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of Scotland, timber monumentality and the use of wood to build monuments, aerial archaeology and the interpretation of cropmarks, relationships between humans and the environment in prehistory, landscape archaeology and the integration of experiential and GIS approaches. My publications cover themes of Neolithic Scotland, cropmark archaeology, experiential and landscape archaeology.

MemberBakir S. Mohammad, FRSA

…PhD, University of Glasgow, Theology & Religious Studies

MA, Newman University, Islamic Studies…

My main career interests revolve around education, languages, translation, and particularly classical Islamic theology. I completed my PhD on the impact of a modern-day Islamic figure and his efforts in countering extremism at the University of Glasgow in 2020. I taught religion at Deerfield Academy (MA, U.S), King’s Academy (Jordan) and I am now a Research Associate & Translator for the GlobalLit project at the University of Birmingham. I am also a Board Member of a Utah-based (US) counter-extremism organisation as well as advising and consulting on multiple UK examination boards (theology & language).

MemberMatthew Barr

…University Of Glasgow…

Dr Matthew Barr is Programme Director for the Graduate Apprenticeship in Software Engineering at the University of Glasgow, and co-founder of the Ada Scotland Festival ( He is co-Director of the University’s Games & Gaming Lab, and serves as Vice Chair of British DiGRA and as a Trustee and Director of the Scottish Game Developers Association. Matt also sits on the BAFTA Scotland Committee and currently serves as the Games Jury Chair. His book, Graduate Skills and Game-Based Learning, was published by Palgrave in 2019.

MemberCarla Sassi

My recent research work has been devoted to re-defining Scottish studies as a ‘theoretical borderland’ in relation to the Empire and postcolonialism, as well as to map out pathways and patterns of interdisciplinary conversation across these fields. I have also researched and published widely on contemporary Scottish literature and Scottish Modernism, my main interest in the latter field being a questioning of the Anglo-American canon and a re-evaluation of the role of ‘vernacular modernisms’. Other research interests lie in the field of critical theory, with a special focus on postcolonial theories, nationalism and literature, the historical novel, border theories and, more recently, issues of canonicity and canon formation, memory studies, eocriticism/environmental studies. While I have often developed my research work in collaboration with or within Scottish institutions, I have always privileged a comparative approach, networking with colleagues from different countries and different disciplinary backgrounds. Within ESSE, I collaborated with ASLS in setting up panels focused on Scottish studies (Turin 2010, Istanbul 2012, Kosice 2014, Galway 2016). Within MLA I organised two special sessions, respectively on “Transforming the Atlantic: Caribbean-Scottish (Post)Colonial Relations” (Seattle 2012) and on “Postcolonial Celts: reframing Celticity between Otherness and Authenticity”(2014). I have been invited to speak as keynote speaker/guest lecturer at major Institutions in the UK, including the Universities of Edinburgh, Stirling, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Manchester and the Open University in London, and in other countries, including Spain, France, Germany, China, Malaysia and the US. I have also delivered the 2013 “Scottish Literature International Lecture” at the Scottish Parliament, in Edinburgh. I was a Royal Society of Edinburgh Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Stirling in 2008, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow in 2010/2011, and Affiliate Professor at the University of Glasgow in 2016/2017. I am currently co-editing a special issue of Humanities on “Environment, Ecology, Climate and ‘Nature’ in 21st Century Scottish Literature” (forthcoming). I am a member of the steering committee of the forthcoming 2020 IASSL Conference (Prague). I have been elected Convenor of IASSL (2020-23).

MemberSimon Mollan

I am Associate Professor of International Business and Strategic Management at the Management School at the University of York. Between 2017 and 2020 I was the Director of the Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity Pathway at the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership. Prior to that I was Head of the International Business, Strategy, and Management Group at the Management School, University of York (2013-2017). Before joining the University of York I held academic posts at the University of Liverpool, Durham University, and York St John University, and was a Visiting Research Fellow at Duke University, North Carolina (Spring and Summer 2019). I hold undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Durham University and the University of Glasgow. I did my PhD in economic history at Durham University.   I have previously served as the Chair of the Management History Research Group (UK) (2015-2019), and President of the Economic and Business History Society (2019-2020). I am the current Director of the EBHS Doctoral Workshop, and an Associate Editor of the open access journal, Essays in Economic and Business History

MemberKimm Curran

PhD in Medieval History from the University of Glasgow (2005)
MSc in Landscape Integrated Research and Practice (Archaeology) from the University of Glasgow (2015)

Current projects

  • Experiential approaches to medieval monastic places and landscapes can help influence wider understanding of heritage and how those with unseen or invisible disabilities, such as Autism, experience heritage;
  • Edited collection on the history of medieval women religious;
  • Medieval women religious &  monastic landscapes;
  • Medievalisms in TV;
  • Place making, landscapes and place identity in the TV series Supernatural.

Research Interests

  • Monastic and religious life from 1100-1600 in Britain and Ireland and the development of monasteries in medieval landscapes, the modern presence of monasteries in localities and the theoretical and experiential approaches to place, landscapes;
  • Medieval women religious communities and monastic life;
  • Place identity and landscapes in science fiction/fantasy TV.

Background I completed my PhD from the University of Glasgow titled ‘Religious Women and Their Communities in Late Medieval Scotland’ (2005)  My publications include themes of prosopography of religious women in Scotland, women monastic superiors, monastic education and literacy, and the lives of medieval women religious in general. I received a full scholarship from the College of Arts to undertake retraining in the heritage sector and completed the MSc in Landscape Integrated Research and Practice (with Distinction) from the University of Glasgow (2014-15). I  am one of the original Steering Committee members and was the Publications & Communications Officer for the research group:  The History of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland.  I was a writer for Nerds and Beyond – movies, TV, popular culture website. Author link here I am a writer for Winchester Family Business, popular TV culture website for Supernatural.