Seminar Series

Dial-in code

HARC’s new annual research programme exploring the broad themes of Ruination and Decay, is now underway! We currently have a series of monthly seminars and events beginning in February 2019 and culminating in a two-day conference in December. The overall aim of the themed research programme is for HARC to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborative events within the UHI network and introduce and involve people in different disciplines in different areas to a variety of approaches to ruination and decay.

Semester 1


28th February 2019, 1.00-2.00pm

Decaying flesh and instability of substances: rethinking Neolithic chambered tombs

Colin Richards, Archaeology Institute UHI


28th March 2019, 1.00-2.00pm

Ruination and Decay – Traditional Gaelic Poetry

Iain Howieson, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI


25th April 2019, 1.00-2.00pm

Time, memory, place: an exploration through performance

Lesley Mickel, Alessandra Campoli,  Stephanie Smart & Alison Woodside, Drama, Art & Design, Inverness College UHI


30th May 2019, 1.00-2.00pm

Death and decay as metaphors in discourse about minority languages

Ragnhild Ljosland, Orkney College UHI



Semester 2


September 26th 2019, 1.00-2.00pm

Hardscrabble heritage: the crofting blackhouse as ruin, resource and imagery

Iain Robertson, UHI Centre for History


October 31st 2019, 1.00-2.00pm

Ancestral Piles: decay and stabilisation in the culture of ruination at The Cairns Broch, Orkney

Martin Carruthers, Archaeology Institute UHI


November 14th, 1.00-2.00pm

Reconnecting with ruins: Ancestral Tourism & Heritage work in Tiree

Joanna Rodgers, UHI Centre for History


Additional information

For any additional information please contact the HARC theme organisers: