This project explores Scotland’s artistic and cultural links with other countries at the end of the nineteenth century. It is funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh led by by Matthew Creasy (University of Glasgow) and Michael Shaw (University of Stirling)

From the paintings of the Glasgow boys and the stories of Robert Louis Stevenson, to the journalism of Andrew Lang and Yetta Blaze de Bury, Scottish writers and artists were thoroughly engaged with their counterparts across Europe during the final decades of the nineteenth century. Scholars have, however, tended to neglect Scotland in this period or dismiss it as a parochial, inward looking phase of Scottish cultural history, the era of the kailyard. This project aims to redress this by exploring Scottish Cosmopolitanism at the Fin de Siècle. It asks how we can capture Scotland’s engagements with Europe and other parts of the world at the end of the Victorian era and, importantly, how these can be communicated to the broadest possible audiences.

Our original plans for the project included three meetings in Glasgow and Edinburgh. During the Covid19 pandemic, lockdown and social distancing measures, it will not be possible to hold all of these meetings. Instead, we are arranging a series of online events. Materials relating to these events will be made available via this website. In the coming days, we hope to offer the chance to sign up and participate in live discussion events via Zoom.

NEW!! You can now register to participate in live online discussion at our third and final event ‘The Future of Scottish Cosmopolitanism at the Fin de Siècle’ on 29 March 2021 by filling out the registration form here.

For more details about this event you can consult the dedicated page.

For questions about this project, please contact us via email here.