The Carmichael Watson Project

Pròiseact MhicGilleMhìcheil MhicBhatair


Alexander Carmichael: Collecting, Controversy and Contexts
Thursday 23 and Friday 24 June 2011
Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Library, George Square, Edinburgh

In order to celebrate the completion of the most recent phase of the Carmichael Watson Project, the Centre for Research Collections is pleased to host a major interdisciplinary conference focusing on the life, career, and legacy of the great Hebridean folklorist, collector, and author Alexander Carmichael (1832-1912).

Among the themes to be considered at the conference will be the Carmichael family; Alexander Carmichael's circle; Carmichael as collector of texts and objects; Carmichael and the environment; as well as folklore in the digital age.

The conference will showcase the important work being done by younger scholars and independent scholars alike in shedding further light on Carmichael's achievements, on the controversies surrounding his work, and on the people, the history, the environment, and the culture of the nineteenth-century Hebrides.

A conference highlight will be the launch of the new Carmichael Watson website, giving access for the first time to fully-indexed transcriptions of all of Alexander Carmichael's field notebooks, the 'holy grail' for Carmichael researchers for several decades. A small exhibition of objects and images connected with Carmichael will accompany the conference.

Keynote Speakers will include Professor William Gillies, Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh, and Peter Burnhill from EDINA.

Conference website

Lismore Book Week, Isle of Lismore, November 2010

The team were invited to take part in a day celebrating the work of Alexander Carmichael as part of the Isle of Lismore's Book Week. We were delighted to accept the invitation and were most warmly welcomed. We were pleased to be able to share some of the results of our work and happily absorbed extra information from our hosts.

Photographs of the event can be seen on our Facebook page.