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Who Owned Scotland? Past, Present and Future

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'Who Owned Scotland?' is a full day event being curated by the Economic and Social History Society of Scotland.

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The Economic and Social History Society of Scotland proudly present our 2021 summer conference: ‘Who Owned Scotland? Past, Present and Future’. The way we own and use Scottish land influences many parts of our lives: the price and availability of housing, our access to green space and the natural environment, and our ability to meet climate targets. ‘Who Owned Scotland?’ is a collaborative symposium that will explore how land and natural resources have figured in the transformation of Scottish society throughout history. Over the course of this free, one-day online event, a stellar line-up of experts from the public sector and academic scholars representing numerous disciplines will discuss and debate the connected themes of power politics, improvement, heritage, emotions, and energy use on and within Scottish land yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Registration is now open and we look forward to welcoming you for a day of stimulating content!

Friday 25th June, 10am - 6pm (BST)

Introduction and Welcome 10am – 10.10am

Panel 1: Power Politics, Land and Improvement 10.10am – 11.10am

Ian Maclellan, Forests, jurisdiction and lordship in Early Modern Breadalbane

Gemma Smith, 'No landlords, no superiors': the Free State of Eddrachillis?

Break 11.10am-11.30am

Panel 2: Empire and Landownership in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-century Scotland 11.30am-1pm

Stephen Mullen, Caribbean Slavery and the Transformation of the West of Scotland: The Landed Estates of Glasgow’s Sugar Aristocracy, 1775-1838

Andrew Mackillop, Blurring the boundaries of ownership: Asia wealth and landed credit in 'Improvement'-era Scotland

Iain MacKinnon, Atlantic slavery and the historical underdevelopment of Scotland’s Gàidhealtachd

Lunch Break 1pm-1.30pm

Panel 3: Cultural Heritage, Land and Emotions 1.30pm-2.30pm

Zoe Russell, Biocultural Heritage in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales: Historical and Contemporary Dynamics of Agriculture and Land Ownership

Heather Holmes, Auto-ethnology and past life experiences in considering emotional attachments to land at Pilmuir, Balerno, Midlothian

Break 2.30pm-2.45pm

Panel 4: Land, Energy and Politics in Post-war Scotland 2.45pm - 4.15pm

Linda Ross, From Improvement to Technopolitics: Post-Imperial Readjustment in the Nuclear North

Ewan Gibbs, ‘The Economy Must Serve the People’: Energy Resources in Scottish Nationalist Perspectives During the 1970s

Sarah Leith, ‘These Are My Mountains’: The Cheviot, Counterculture and Scottish Land Ownership, 1968-73

Break 4.15pm-5pm (Opportunity to chat with other attendees on Zoom/via Twitter hashtag)

Roundtable discussion: Land Ownership in Scotland: Past, Present and Future Debates 5-6pm

Including Chris Dalglish (Inherit), Victoria Hodgson (Bristol), Allan MacInnes (Strathclyde), Calum Macleod (Community Land Scotland), and Jennifer Melville (National Trust For Scotland).

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