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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 https://blogs.sps.ed.ac.uk/naturallawinscotland1625to1850/…

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’.

MemberZanne Domoney-Lyttle

…2014-2018: PhD Candidate, Theology & Religious Studies/Stirling Maxwell Centre for Text-Image Studies, University of Glasgow.

2013-2014: MTh (Research) Theology & Religious Studies/Stirling Maxwell Centre for Text-Image Studies, University of Glasgow.

2009-2013: MA (Hons), Theology & Religious Studies, University of Glasgow. Final Award: with Honors of the First Class.

2005-2007: HND Art & Design, Dumfries & Galloway College….

I am a Biblical Studies tutor in Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow. My research is based in comic book adaptations of biblical material, reception history of the Bible, Bible and literature, Bible and art, women in the Bible/women and the Bible, gender in the Hebrew Bible. I studied at the University of Glasgow for my undergraduate degree, graduating in 2013. I also attained my MTh (title: “Sequential Art in the Seventeenth Century: An Analysis of Wenceslaus Hollar’s Etchings of Genesis 12-24”) and most recently my PhD (title: “Drawing (non)Tradition: Matriarchs, Motherhood and the Presentation of Sacred Texts in “The Book of Genesis, Illustrated by R. Crumb”) from the University of Glasgow. In my first year as a biblical studies tutor, I have created and developed a new Honours-level course on Women and Gender in the Bible and the Ancient World, and I also teach biblical Hebrew language, an introduction to the Bible course, Texts & Cultures of the Bible, and Honours-level courses in Genesis, Wisdom Literature and Old Testament/Tanakh. I also co-run a Comics Reading Group at Glasgow which runs every fortnight (you can follow us on @gucomicsrg on twitter) and we have a weekly podcast which caters to both academic and non-academic audiences.

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.

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).

MemberKimm Curran


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

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

  • Include 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, abbesses, monastic education and literacy and female religious life 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. 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.  http://historyofwomenreligious.org/  I was a writer for Nerds and Beyond – movies, TV, popular culture website. Author link here http://www.nerdsandbeyond.com/author/kimm/ I am a writer for Winchester Family Business, popular TV culture website for Supernatural  

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

MemberDominik Hünniger

I am a cultural historian with special interest in 18th century environmental, medical and natural history as well as the history of universities and scholarship. I obtained a PhD from the University of Goettingen with a thesis on the cultural history of epizootics in Mid-18th century Northern Europe. The thesis used multi-disciplinary approaches to the past experiences of humans and other species. My research critically engages with Animal Studies and the development of the scientific as well as quotidian engagement of humans with the natural world in the past but also the present. My current research project is a material history of 18th century entomology. It analyzes the pan-European fascination with insects and their taxonomy and behaviour as well as the role of global specimens in these processes in order to illuminate the development of scientific disciplines, global exchange and the practices of (academic) knowledge formation. The project will pay special attention to materiality, the role of images vs text and the means of knowledge exchange and discussion. The insect collections of the Hunterian in Glasgow, the Natural History Museum in London, the Natural History Museum in Copenhagen, the Museum of Evolution in Uppsala and the Muséum d’histoire naturelle in Paris as well of the Zoology Museum at the University of Kiel will be used for an analysis of their collections in this context. Collaboration with today’s curators is an important part of the project as historic zoological collections are invaluable sources for current taxonomic and biodiversity research in the life sciences. In addition I am also publishing on the history of universities as corporate institutions and academics as subjects in (by lack of a better term) “enlightened absolutism”. This research also is informed by current developments in higher education globally and discussion on the future of the humanities. Since August 2017 I am editor of the Brill series “Emergence of Natural History” (ENH). Additionally, I am an advisor to the initiative to strengthen research, outreach and conservation of the University of Goettingen’s academic collections. Academic heritage, the history and future of collections and the material aspects of knowledge formation are my keay concerns also as an affiliate researcher at The Hunterian, University of Glasgow.