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Alexander Carmichael: Collecting, Controversy, and Contexts Alasdair MacGilleMhìcheil: Cruinneachadh, Connspaid, agus Co-theacsaichean

Event: Conference

Abbreviated titleCarmichael Watson Project Conference
Duration23 Jun 2011 - 24 Jun 2011
DescriptionA major interdisciplinary conference focusing on the life, career, and legacy of the great Hebridean folklorist, collector and author Alexander Carmichael (1832–1912) to celebrate the completion of the most recent phase of the Carmichael Watson Project at the Centre for Research Collections.

Among the themes considered at the conference were the Carmichael family; Alexander Carmichael's circle; Carmichael as collector of texts and objects; Carmichael and the environment; as well as folklore in the digital age.

The conference showcased the important work being done by younger scholars and independent scholars alike in shedding further light on Carmichael's achievements, on the controversies surrounding his work, and on the people, the history, the environment, and the culture of the nineteenth-century Hebrides.

The conference included the launch of the new Carmichael Watson Project website, giving access for the first time to fully indexed transcriptions of all of Alexander Carmichael's field notebooks, the 'holy grail' for Carmichael researchers for several decades. There was also a small exhibition of objects and images connected with Carmichael to accompany the conference.

Keynote Speakers included Professor William Gillies, Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh and Peter Burnhill Director of EDINA.

To close the conference a concert was held at St Cecilia's Hall featuring performances from acclaimed Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes and local choir Còisir Dhùn Èideann.
CountryUnited Kingdom
Degree of recognitionInternational event

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