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What did you speak about at Scotland's Global Impact? - Eric Richards
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AB_SGI_05_ERIC_RICHARDS_Q_03
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Inverness
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INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Eric Richards
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
41037
KEYWORDS
conferences
emigration
lecturers
audio
audios
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As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad.

Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Professor Eric Richards answers the question:

'Could you give a brief summary of what you spoke about at the conference?'

'Well I'm talking about the way in which Australia and Scotland have related over the long period since 1788, and the way in which Scotland has had influence in Australia, but I'm trying to do it in a different way because I think that to talk about the impact is a bit narrowing and a bit Scottish-oriented, and I'm much more interested in the reciprocation; the two-way movement of influences between this end and that end. And over two hundred and twenty years I think it is now, or two hundred and thirty years, it's changed, and Scotland and Australia have changed their relationship several times over that long period of time, and that long perspective is very interesting. And in the nineteenth century Scotland and Australia moved in a particular formation together; in the twentieth century it changed around and they, the influence was a two-way relationship. I mean Scotland clearly has influences in Australia but Australia surprisingly influences Scotland in its return by receiving its migrants, by receiving its expertise, its capital, and then having impact back on Scotland, sometimes negatively, sometimes positively. So, I'm trying to work that story through.'


BIOGRAPHY

Eric Richards is Professor of History at Flinders University, Adelaide, having previously taught at Stirling and Adelaide Universities. His specialist subject is the Highland Clearances and his acclaimed biography of Patrick Sellar was awarded the prize for Scottish History Book of the Year (1999). His most recent books are 'Britiannia's Children. Emigration from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland since 1600', (London and New York, Hambledon and London, 2004); 'Debating the Highland Clearances' (Edinburgh University Press 2007) and 'Destination Australia: Migration since 1901' (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press 2008).

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What did you speak about at Scotland's Global Impact? - Eric Richards

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

conferences; emigration; lecturers; audio; audios; speakabout;

Am Baile

Scotland's Global Impact

As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad. <br /> <br /> Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Professor Eric Richards answers the question:<br /> <br /> 'Could you give a brief summary of what you spoke about at the conference?' <br /> <br /> 'Well I'm talking about the way in which Australia and Scotland have related over the long period since 1788, and the way in which Scotland has had influence in Australia, but I'm trying to do it in a different way because I think that to talk about the impact is a bit narrowing and a bit Scottish-oriented, and I'm much more interested in the reciprocation; the two-way movement of influences between this end and that end. And over two hundred and twenty years I think it is now, or two hundred and thirty years, it's changed, and Scotland and Australia have changed their relationship several times over that long period of time, and that long perspective is very interesting. And in the nineteenth century Scotland and Australia moved in a particular formation together; in the twentieth century it changed around and they, the influence was a two-way relationship. I mean Scotland clearly has influences in Australia but Australia surprisingly influences Scotland in its return by receiving its migrants, by receiving its expertise, its capital, and then having impact back on Scotland, sometimes negatively, sometimes positively. So, I'm trying to work that story through.'<br /> <br /> <br /> BIOGRAPHY<br /> <br /> Eric Richards is Professor of History at Flinders University, Adelaide, having previously taught at Stirling and Adelaide Universities. His specialist subject is the Highland Clearances and his acclaimed biography of Patrick Sellar was awarded the prize for Scottish History Book of the Year (1999). His most recent books are 'Britiannia's Children. Emigration from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland since 1600', (London and New York, Hambledon and London, 2004); 'Debating the Highland Clearances' (Edinburgh University Press 2007) and 'Destination Australia: Migration since 1901' (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press 2008).<br /> <br /> Image copyright: Susy Macaulay