• Anna Bosch, University of Kentucky
  • Stephen W. Brown, Trent University
  • William Calin, University of Florida
  • Leith Davis, Simon Fraser University
  • Lord Archie Elliot, private scholar, Edinburgh
  • Roger Emerson, University of Western Ontario
  • Femi Fatoba, University of Ibadan
  • Liang Guo, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • Tomas Hlobil, Charles University
  • R. Ian Jack, University of Sydney
  • Marian Kempny, Institute of Applied Social Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Sir Ludovic Kennedy, writer and broadcaster
  • Ludmilla Kostova, University of Veliko Turnovo
  • Wojciech Kowlaski, University of Silesia
  • Iliana Krapova, University of Plovdiv
  • Michéal Mac Craith, University College Galway
  • Maria Magoska, Institute of Legal Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Sally Mapstone, St Hilda’s College Oxford
  • Attila Molnár, Eötvös Lorand University
  • Paul A. Olson, University of Nebraska
  • Femi Osofisan, University of Ibadan
  • Shrinivas V. Padigar, Karnatak University
  • The Right Reverend Sir Paul Reeves, former Governor General of New Zealand
  • Uri Sharvit, Bar-Ilan University
  • Major Richard Sezibera, Rwandan Ambassador to the United States
  • Daniel Snell, University of Oklahoma
  • David Stafford, Canadian Institute of International Affairs
  • Sir Ninian Stephen, former Governor General of Australia
  • Daniel Szechi, Auburn University
  • Mikolaj Szymanski, University of Warsaw
  • Margo Todd, Vanderbilt University
  • D.J. Trela, Roosevelt University
  • Csaba Varga, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest
  • David B. Wilson, Iowa State University
  • John P. Wright, University of Windsor


  • The Rt Hon David Lange, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, delivers a lecture titled Proportional Representation on 8 October in Old College. On 17 October, Sir Malcolm Rifkind delivers his lecture on The ‘Costs’ of International Peace Keeping.
  • The second one-day seminar as part of the European Enlightenment project is held in February, featuring papers by Marian Kempny and Marian Hobson, among others.
  • In September, IASH hosts a seminar on Cultural Tensions: the Case of Museums.

William Calin: “I was very pleased with my stay at the Institute…[w]hat I appreciated more [was] the intellectual and social exchanges offered by the Institute.”

Major Richard Sezibera: “The atmosphere at the Institute, in which academics of various persuasions and various fields get to interact with practitioners in the public arena, has been enriching to me. Openness of spirit and respect for variety have been the hallmarks of the present director and his colleagues.”

The Honourable Lord Elliott: “I have benefited enormously from working there. Over two or three years it has provided a location away from the temptations of my garden!”

Femi Fatoba: “The Institute offered me one of the greatest opportunities in both my academic and artistic careers to explore my talents to the fullest.”

Stephen W. Brown: “Scholarship of the highest order needs more than reading rooms, rare books and manuscripts; fellowship in all senses of that word is essential to the conduct of academic activities. This the Institute offers in exemplary ways… Other institutes may be far more generously supported and acknowledged by their parent universities, but none provides fellowship of the sort one enjoys in Edinburgh.”


Professor Leopoldo Acuña, “Ethics & Aesthetics in the Teaching of Medical Humanities to Physicians”

Professor Anna Bosch, “Borgstrom’s Dialect of Barra: The Use And Misuse of Description in Theory”

Professor William Calin, “Literature in Scots & French Minority Languages, 1920-1990: Modernism & Post-Modernism”

Dr Duncan Ferguson, “Church Related Higher Education”

Dr Tomas Hlobil, “Two Concepts of Language and Poetry: Edmund Burke – Moses Mendelssohn”

Professor R. Ian Jack, “The Age of Kerosene: the mineral oil industry in Scotland & the world in the 19th Century”

Professor Wojciech Kowalski, “Cultural Tensions: the Case of Museums”; “Unfinished Business: Restitution of Works of Art looted during WWII”

Professor Michéal Mac Craith, “James Macpherson: ‘Forging’ Celtic Identity”

Professor Iain McCalman, “Controlling the Riots: Dickens, Robert Watson & Romantic Revolution”

Dr Balazs M. Mezei, “’Do Honeybees have Religion?’ On the troubles with our definitions of religion”

Dr Attila Molnár, “Individuality in Puritanism”

Dr Alan Riach, “Songs of Charm & Cursing: A reading of modern Scottish poetry”

Dr D.J. Trela, “Common Sense and the Critic: Margaret Oliphant on Women and Books”

Poetry reading by Alan Riach: "Songs of Charm & Cursing", 21 January 1997