Seminar Series

Archive - 2019 Programme content

Archive - 2019 Programme

HARC’s first annual research programme explored the broad themes of Ruination and Decay in 2019. A series of monthly seminars and events began in February 2019 and culminated in a two-day conference in December. The overall aim of the themed research programme was 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 imaginary

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 2019, 1.00-2pm

Short music performance: The sky above the shore: a live improvisation within a simulated version of the Inchindown oil tanks (Peter Noble, Anna Wendy Stevenson & Dr Miriam Iorwerth)

Seminar: Reconnecting with ruins: Ancestral Tourism & Heritage work in Tiree

Joanna Rodgers, UHI Centre for History


Additional information

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