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Why is it important to study the past? - Rosalind McClean
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AB_SGI_06_ROSALIND_MCCLEAN_Q_08
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Rosalind McClean
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
41050
KEYWORDS
conferences
emigration
lecturers
audio
audios
studypast

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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, Dr Rosalind McClean answers the question:

'Why do you think it's important to study the past?'

'Because of the future. The questions we ask of the past are often to do with the present. Often our own personal presents, even academic historians. In New Zealand, for example, many people of European background - the Pakeha - are feeling the loss of identity, partly because the Maori identity has become so prominent and strong. What's our identity? Where do we belong? So we're going back and wanting to know more about our own roots and multiple roots. So that's about the present, but it's also about defining a way of life for the future, and for me that's a, that's a multicultural life where we live in relationship with each other, and I have a special relationship to New Zealand, and Scotland, and people in both those places, but it's, it's a sense of global belonging, and human, our common humanity. And for me, finding out about peoples in the past connects me with how I want to be, and how I want our world to be in the future, so it's, it's a future oriented project.'


BIOGRAPHY

A graduate of the Universities of Dunedin and Edinburgh, Rosalind McClean is a lecturer at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. In 2004, as a member of a team of New Zealand and Scottish scholars, she received a prestigious Marsden fellowship to study Scottish migration and settlement patterns in Aotearoa New Zealand and to investigate the legacies of this migration. Her academic work is informed by her experiences during the 1990s, when she travelled extensively, living with her young family in various locations in the Middle East, Europe and North America. She has worked for a charitable trust and as a freelance writer, and remains an advocate for migrant and refugee rights.

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Why is it important to study the past? - Rosalind McClean

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

conferences; emigration; lecturers; audio; audios; studypast;

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, Dr Rosalind McClean answers the question:<br /> <br /> 'Why do you think it's important to study the past?'<br /> <br /> 'Because of the future. The questions we ask of the past are often to do with the present. Often our own personal presents, even academic historians. In New Zealand, for example, many people of European background - the Pakeha - are feeling the loss of identity, partly because the Maori identity has become so prominent and strong. What's our identity? Where do we belong? So we're going back and wanting to know more about our own roots and multiple roots. So that's about the present, but it's also about defining a way of life for the future, and for me that's a, that's a multicultural life where we live in relationship with each other, and I have a special relationship to New Zealand, and Scotland, and people in both those places, but it's, it's a sense of global belonging, and human, our common humanity. And for me, finding out about peoples in the past connects me with how I want to be, and how I want our world to be in the future, so it's, it's a future oriented project.'<br /> <br /> <br /> BIOGRAPHY<br /> <br /> A graduate of the Universities of Dunedin and Edinburgh, Rosalind McClean is a lecturer at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. In 2004, as a member of a team of New Zealand and Scottish scholars, she received a prestigious Marsden fellowship to study Scottish migration and settlement patterns in Aotearoa New Zealand and to investigate the legacies of this migration. Her academic work is informed by her experiences during the 1990s, when she travelled extensively, living with her young family in various locations in the Middle East, Europe and North America. She has worked for a charitable trust and as a freelance writer, and remains an advocate for migrant and refugee rights.