Dr Lizanne Henderson

  • Senior Lecturer in History (Interdisciplinary Studies)

telephone: 01387702097
email: Lizanne.Henderson@glasgow.ac.uk

College of Social Sciences, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, R228 Level 2, Rutherford/Mccowan Building, Dumfries, DG1 4ZL

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5784-9900

Biography

Biography

Dr Lizanne Henderson is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Interdisciplinary Studies where she teaches History, Tourism, and Human-Animal Studies. Born in Toronto, Canada, she has a BA Double Honours in History and Fine Art from the University of Guelph, Ontario, an MA in Folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, and a PhD in History from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Much of her research has focused on Early Modern Scottish and British social and cultural history, the Scottish witch-hunts and supernatural belief traditions, Scottish/British exploration, cultural attitudes towards non-human animals and engagements with the natural world, wildlife tourism, and Arctic studies.

She has been a lecturer and keynote speaker across Europe, North America, Japan, and the Arctic, and was Visiting International Scholar at the University of Melbourne, Australia, for five weeks. She also spent 3 weeks volunteering on a wildlife conservation project at the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest in Kenya. Lizanne has over twenty years experience as resource staff on expedition ships throughout the British Isles, Canadian Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroes, Norway and Svalbard. She has also made numerous appearances on radio, television, and podcasts.

When not engaged in academic pursuits, Lizanne is a keen artist and photographer and particularly enjoys landscapes and wildlife themes.

Editorial Posts

  • 2013 to 2020, Editor of international peer-reviewed journal Review of Scottish Culture
  • 2000-2012, Editorial Assistant, international peer-reviewed journal Folklore

 

Research interests

 

  • Early Modern Cultural History
  • Folklore, Folk Belief, the Witch-Hunts (Scottish, wider British, European and African)
  • 18th-19th c. Scottish Emigration 
  • 18th-19th c. Scottish/British Exploration (Arctic, North America, Africa)
  • Arctic Studies and Polar Exploration
  • Scottish connections to the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Abolition 
  • Tourism, Wildlife Tourism, and Heritage Management
  • Human-Animal Studies
  • Environmental Humanities



Current projects include:

  • (Super)natural Animals in the Age of the Stewarts to the Age of Enlightenment, an investigation into Early Modern attitudes towards animals including the role of animals in the Scottish witch trials and folk belief.
  • Picturing Polar Bears, a study into the cultural history, artistic depictions and semiotic uses of the polar bear in environmental education. 
  • 18th and 19th century Scottish/British Polar explorers and their relationship, perceptions and interactions with animals and the natural world.
  • Study of witchcraft-themed museums and witch persecutions as commemoration and as tourist attractions (Europe and America).

Publications

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Number of items: 31.

2020

Henderson, L. (2020) Ghosts in Enlightenment Scotland by Martha McGill. Preternature, 9(1), pp. 129-132. (doi: 10.5325/preternature.9.1.0129)[Book Review]

Henderson, L. (2020) Bear tales: ways of seeing polar bears in mythology, traditional folktales and modern day children's literature. In: Brugué, L. and Llompart, A. (eds.) Contemporary Fairy-Tale Magic: Subverting Gender and Genre. Series: At the interface/probing the boundaries (129). Brill: Leiden, pp. 250-261. ISBN 9789004418981 (doi:10.1163/9789004418998_025)

2019

Henderson, L. (2019) Folklore. In: Cowan, E. J. and Veitch, K. (eds.) Dumfries and Galloway: People and Place, c.1700-1914. John Donald: Edinburgh, pp. 347-392. ISBN 9781910900123

Henderson, L. (2019) Fairies, angels and the land of the dead: Robert Kirk’s lychnobious people. In: Pócs, É. (ed.) Body, Soul, Spirits and Supernatural Communication. Cambridge Scholars: Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 238-257. ISBN 9781527522312

2018

Henderson, L. (2018) About a bear: wildlife tourism in the Polar North. Geographer: The Newsletter of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Winter, p. 30.

2017

Henderson, L. (2017) Witch belief in Scottish coastal communities. In: Worthington, D. (ed.) The New Coastal History: Cultural and Environmental Perspectives from Scotland and Beyond. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, Switzerland, pp. 233-249. ISBN 9783319640891 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-64090-7_14)

2016

Henderson, L. (2016) The (super)natural worlds of Robert Kirk: fairies, beasts, landscapes and lychnobious liminalities. Bottle Imp(20),

Henderson, L. (2016) Witchcraft and Folk Belief in the Age of Enlightenment: Scotland, 1670-1740. Series: Palgrave historical studies in witchcraft and magic. Palgrave Macmillan: Houndmills. ISBN 9780230294387 (doi:10.1057/9781137313249)

Henderson, L. (2016) "Grandmother" (poem). In: Three Drops from a Cauldron: Samhain 2016. Three Drops Press: Sheffield, p. 25. ISBN 9781326826093

2015

Henderson, L. (2015) 'A country of enchantments': Thomas Watling's observations of Australia's natural world. In: Cahir, F., Beggs-Sunter, A. and Inglis, A. (eds.) Scots under the southern cross: Scottish impressions of colonial Australia. Ballarat Heritage Services: Ballarat, Australia, pp. 108-118. ISBN 9781876478209

Henderson, L. (2015) Tündérek, angyalok és a holtak földje: Robert Kirk Lychnobious People címú múve. In: Pócs, É. (ed.) Test, Lélek, Szellemek és Természetfeletti Kommunikáció, Szerkesztette. Series: Tanulmányok a transzcendensrol (8). Balassi Kiadó: Budapest, pp. 368-385. ISBN 9789635069613

2014

Cowan, E. and Henderson, L. (2014) Scots in Australia: the gaze from Auld Scotia. In: For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation. Art Gallery of Ballarat: Ballarat, Australia, pp. 18-27.

Henderson, L. (2014) 'Incidents of great importance': animal observation on nineteenth-century north polar explorations. New Orkney Antiquarian Journal. Special Edition: John Rae 200 Conference Proceedings., 7, pp. 20-33.

2013

Henderson, L. (2013) Folk belief and Scottish traditional literatures. In: Dunnigan, S. and Gilbert, S. (eds.) The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Traditional Literatures. Series: Edinburgh companions to Scottish literature. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 26-34. ISBN 9780748645404

2012

Henderson, L. (2012) The witches of Bute. In: Ritchie, A. (ed.) Historic Bute: Land and People. Scottish Society for Northern Studies: Edinburgh, UK, pp. 151-161. ISBN 9780953522644

2011

Cowan, E.J. and Henderson, L. (Eds.) (2011) A History of Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland, 1000 to 1600. Series: A history of everyday life in Scotland. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748621569

Cowan, E.J. and Henderson, L. (2011) Everyday life in medieval Scotland. In: Cowan, E.J. and Henderson, L. (eds.) A History of Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland, 1000 to 1600. Series: A history of everyday life in Scotland (1). Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, UK, pp. 1-24. ISBN 9780748621569

Henderson, L. (2011) 'Detestable slaves of the Devil': changing attitudes to witchcraft in Sixteenth-Century Scotland. In: Cowan, E.J. and Henderson, L. (eds.) A History of Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland, 1000 to 1600. Vol. 1. Series: A History of Everyday Life in Scotland, 1. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748621569

2009

Henderson, L. (Ed.) (2009) Fantastical Imaginations: The Supernatural in Scottish History and Culture. John Donald: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781906566029

Henderson, L. (2009) Introduction. In: Henderson, L. (ed.) Fantastical Imaginations: The Supernatural in Scottish History and Culture. John Donald: Edinburgh, pp. 141-166. ISBN 9781906566029

Henderson, L. (2009) Studying the supernatural history of Scotland. In: Henderson, L. (ed.) Fantastical Imaginations: The Supernatural in Scottish History and Culture. John Donald: Edinburgh, xiii-xxiv. ISBN 9781906566029

Henderson, L. (2009) Witch, fairy and folktale narratives in the trial of Bessie Dunlop. In: Henderson, L. (ed.) Fantastical Imaginations: The Supernatural in Scottish History and Culture. John Donald: Edinburgh, pp. 141-166. ISBN 9781906566029

2008

Henderson, L. (2008) Scotland and the slave trade: some South West connections. Scottish Local History, 72, pp. 47-53.

Henderson, L. (2008) Witch-hunting and witch belief in the Gàidhealtachd. In: Goodare, J., Martin, L. and Miller, J. (eds.) Witchcraft and Belief in Early Modern Scotland. Series: Palgrave historical studies in witchcraft and magic. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 95-118. ISBN 9780230507883

2007

Henderson, L. (2007) Charmers, spells and holy wells: the repackaging of belief. Review of Scottish Culture, 19, pp. 10-26.

2006

Henderson, L. (2006) The survival of witchcraft prosecutions and witch belief in South West Scotland. Scottish Historical Review, 85(1), pp. 52-74. (doi: 10.3366/shr.2006.0015)

2003

Henderson, L. (2003) The natural and supernatural worlds of Hugh Miller. In: Borley, L. (ed.) Celebrating the Life and Times of Hugh Miller: Scotland in the Early 19th Century: Ethnography and Folklore, Geology and Natural History, Church and Society. Cromarty Arts Trust / Elphinstone Institute of the University of Aberdeen, pp. 89-98. ISBN 9780906265338

2002

Henderson, L. and Cowan, E.J. (2002) The last of the witches? The survival of Scottish witch belief. In: Goodare, J. (ed.) The Scottish Witch-Hunt in Context. Manchester University Press: Manchester, UK, pp. 198-217. ISBN 9780719060236

2001

Henderson, L. and Cowan, E. J. (2001) Scottish Fairy Belief: A History. Tuckwell Press: East Linton. ISBN 1862321906

2000

Henderson, L. (2000) The road to Elfland: fairy belief in the child ballads. In: Cowan, E.J. (ed.) The Ballad in Scottish History. Tuckwell Press: East Linton, UK, pp. 54-72. ISBN 9781862320086

1993

Henderson, L. (1993) The Duncan Family papers: the peregrinations of a remarkable woman. Collection Update (University of Guelph Library), 1993(June),

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Articles

Henderson, L. (2018) About a bear: wildlife tourism in the Polar North. Geographer: The Newsletter of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Winter, p. 30.

Henderson, L. (2016) The (super)natural worlds of Robert Kirk: fairies, beasts, landscapes and lychnobious liminalities. Bottle Imp(20),

Henderson, L. (2014) 'Incidents of great importance': animal observation on nineteenth-century north polar explorations. New Orkney Antiquarian Journal. Special Edition: John Rae 200 Conference Proceedings., 7, pp. 20-33.

Henderson, L. (2008) Scotland and the slave trade: some South West connections. Scottish Local History, 72, pp. 47-53.

Henderson, L. (2007) Charmers, spells and holy wells: the repackaging of belief. Review of Scottish Culture, 19, pp. 10-26.

Henderson, L. (2006) The survival of witchcraft prosecutions and witch belief in South West Scotland. Scottish Historical Review, 85(1), pp. 52-74. (doi: 10.3366/shr.2006.0015)

Henderson, L. (1993) The Duncan Family papers: the peregrinations of a remarkable woman. Collection Update (University of Guelph Library), 1993(June),

Books

Henderson, L. (2016) Witchcraft and Folk Belief in the Age of Enlightenment: Scotland, 1670-1740. Series: Palgrave historical studies in witchcraft and magic. Palgrave Macmillan: Houndmills. ISBN 9780230294387 (doi:10.1057/9781137313249)

Henderson, L. and Cowan, E. J. (2001) Scottish Fairy Belief: A History. Tuckwell Press: East Linton. ISBN 1862321906

Book Sections

Henderson, L. (2020) Bear tales: ways of seeing polar bears in mythology, traditional folktales and modern day children's literature. In: Brugué, L. and Llompart, A. (eds.) Contemporary Fairy-Tale Magic: Subverting Gender and Genre. Series: At the interface/probing the boundaries (129). Brill: Leiden, pp. 250-261. ISBN 9789004418981 (doi:10.1163/9789004418998_025)

Henderson, L. (2019) Folklore. In: Cowan, E. J. and Veitch, K. (eds.) Dumfries and Galloway: People and Place, c.1700-1914. John Donald: Edinburgh, pp. 347-392. ISBN 9781910900123

Henderson, L. (2019) Fairies, angels and the land of the dead: Robert Kirk’s lychnobious people. In: Pócs, É. (ed.) Body, Soul, Spirits and Supernatural Communication. Cambridge Scholars: Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 238-257. ISBN 9781527522312

Henderson, L. (2017) Witch belief in Scottish coastal communities. In: Worthington, D. (ed.) The New Coastal History: Cultural and Environmental Perspectives from Scotland and Beyond. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, Switzerland, pp. 233-249. ISBN 9783319640891 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-64090-7_14)

Henderson, L. (2016) "Grandmother" (poem). In: Three Drops from a Cauldron: Samhain 2016. Three Drops Press: Sheffield, p. 25. ISBN 9781326826093

Henderson, L. (2015) 'A country of enchantments': Thomas Watling's observations of Australia's natural world. In: Cahir, F., Beggs-Sunter, A. and Inglis, A. (eds.) Scots under the southern cross: Scottish impressions of colonial Australia. Ballarat Heritage Services: Ballarat, Australia, pp. 108-118. ISBN 9781876478209

Henderson, L. (2015) Tündérek, angyalok és a holtak földje: Robert Kirk Lychnobious People címú múve. In: Pócs, É. (ed.) Test, Lélek, Szellemek és Természetfeletti Kommunikáció, Szerkesztette. Series: Tanulmányok a transzcendensrol (8). Balassi Kiadó: Budapest, pp. 368-385. ISBN 9789635069613

Cowan, E. and Henderson, L. (2014) Scots in Australia: the gaze from Auld Scotia. In: For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation. Art Gallery of Ballarat: Ballarat, Australia, pp. 18-27.

Henderson, L. (2013) Folk belief and Scottish traditional literatures. In: Dunnigan, S. and Gilbert, S. (eds.) The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Traditional Literatures. Series: Edinburgh companions to Scottish literature. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 26-34. ISBN 9780748645404

Henderson, L. (2012) The witches of Bute. In: Ritchie, A. (ed.) Historic Bute: Land and People. Scottish Society for Northern Studies: Edinburgh, UK, pp. 151-161. ISBN 9780953522644

Cowan, E.J. and Henderson, L. (2011) Everyday life in medieval Scotland. In: Cowan, E.J. and Henderson, L. (eds.) A History of Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland, 1000 to 1600. Series: A history of everyday life in Scotland (1). Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, UK, pp. 1-24. ISBN 9780748621569

Henderson, L. (2011) 'Detestable slaves of the Devil': changing attitudes to witchcraft in Sixteenth-Century Scotland. In: Cowan, E.J. and Henderson, L. (eds.) A History of Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland, 1000 to 1600. Vol. 1. Series: A History of Everyday Life in Scotland, 1. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748621569

Henderson, L. (2009) Introduction. In: Henderson, L. (ed.) Fantastical Imaginations: The Supernatural in Scottish History and Culture. John Donald: Edinburgh, pp. 141-166. ISBN 9781906566029

Henderson, L. (2009) Studying the supernatural history of Scotland. In: Henderson, L. (ed.) Fantastical Imaginations: The Supernatural in Scottish History and Culture. John Donald: Edinburgh, xiii-xxiv. ISBN 9781906566029

Henderson, L. (2009) Witch, fairy and folktale narratives in the trial of Bessie Dunlop. In: Henderson, L. (ed.) Fantastical Imaginations: The Supernatural in Scottish History and Culture. John Donald: Edinburgh, pp. 141-166. ISBN 9781906566029

Henderson, L. (2008) Witch-hunting and witch belief in the Gàidhealtachd. In: Goodare, J., Martin, L. and Miller, J. (eds.) Witchcraft and Belief in Early Modern Scotland. Series: Palgrave historical studies in witchcraft and magic. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 95-118. ISBN 9780230507883

Henderson, L. (2003) The natural and supernatural worlds of Hugh Miller. In: Borley, L. (ed.) Celebrating the Life and Times of Hugh Miller: Scotland in the Early 19th Century: Ethnography and Folklore, Geology and Natural History, Church and Society. Cromarty Arts Trust / Elphinstone Institute of the University of Aberdeen, pp. 89-98. ISBN 9780906265338

Henderson, L. and Cowan, E.J. (2002) The last of the witches? The survival of Scottish witch belief. In: Goodare, J. (ed.) The Scottish Witch-Hunt in Context. Manchester University Press: Manchester, UK, pp. 198-217. ISBN 9780719060236

Henderson, L. (2000) The road to Elfland: fairy belief in the child ballads. In: Cowan, E.J. (ed.) The Ballad in Scottish History. Tuckwell Press: East Linton, UK, pp. 54-72. ISBN 9781862320086

Book Reviews

Henderson, L. (2020) Ghosts in Enlightenment Scotland by Martha McGill. Preternature, 9(1), pp. 129-132. (doi: 10.5325/preternature.9.1.0129)[Book Review]

Edited Books

Cowan, E.J. and Henderson, L. (Eds.) (2011) A History of Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland, 1000 to 1600. Series: A history of everyday life in Scotland. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748621569

Henderson, L. (Ed.) (2009) Fantastical Imaginations: The Supernatural in Scottish History and Culture. John Donald: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781906566029

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Grants

Awards

  • 2016  Katharine Briggs Book Award for Witchcraft and Folk Belief in the Age of Enlightenment
  • 2014  Visiting International Scholar, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne
  • 2001  Michaelis-Jena Ratcliffe Folklore Prize for Scottish Fairy Belief: A History

Grants and Funding

  • 2021 Academic Reviewer, Connecting History: SQA Higher: Migration and Empire, 1830-1939 and Connecting History: SQA National 4 & 5: Migration and Empire, 1830-1939 (Secondary School History textbooks) £500
  • 2020 Toucan/Basher Books, consultant for book Legendary Creatures, £300
  • 2020 Historic Environment Scotland, report on Caerlaverock Castle, £3500
  • 2019 UIF (University Innovation Fund), to support Scotland and the Arctic conference speakers, £460
  • 2018 Jill MacKenzie Memorial Lecture, University of Guelph, Canada, CAN $2000
  • 2018 Scottish History Research Fund, Keynote, University of Lodz, Poland, £130
  • 2018 Crichton Research Fund, ICEF, International Conference on Environmental Futures, Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA, £500
  • 2014 Visiting International Scholar. Five weeks at School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne. AU $4,500
  • 2011 Crichton Research Fund, SIEF conference, Lisbon, Portugal, £310
  • 2009 British Academy Overseas Conference Grant, Robert Burns conference, University of Columbia, South Carolina, USA, £400
  • 2009 Crichton Research Fund, Robert Burns conference, University of Columbia, South Carolina, USA £310
  • 2008 Erasmus Teacher Mobility Grant, two-weeks at Johannes-Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, Euros 1,300
  • 2006-08 CREDD (Centre for Research into Regional Development) Joint award £500,000
  • 2007 The Strathmartine Trust £1000
  • 2007 Crichton Research Fund, Folklore Society conference, University of Sheffield, £190
  • 2001 SCRAN – Associate Project Coordinator - Joint award £25,000 for production of multimedia CD-ROM Scottish Ballads and contributing to SCRAN online database

Supervision

Research students

PhD

• Thesis awarded: Theological Consciousness and Cultural Identity within the Funerary Art of Skelmorlie Aisle

 

 

 

Teaching

Undergraduate

• Level 1 Scotland’s Millennium (Main Campus)
• Level 1 Discovering Scotland's Past
• Level 2 Scotland and the World: Emigration, Slavery and Emancipation, Exploration

Postgraduate

• Sustainable Heritage Management
• A Cultural History of Animals

Professional activities & recognition

Prizes, awards & distinctions

  • 2016: Katharine Briggs Book Award (The Folklore Society)
  • 2014: Visiting International Scholar (University of Melbourne)
  • 2001: Michaelis-Jena Ratcliffe Book Prize (Michaelis-Jena Ratcliffe)

Editorial boards

  • 2013: Review of Scottish Culture
  • 2000 - 2012: Folklore

Professional & learned societies

  • 2017: Council Member, Scottish Historical Society
  • 2015: Board Member, Dumfries Archival Mapping Project
  • 2004: Board Member, The Bruce Trust
  • 2012 - 2016: Board Member, EDINA Statistical Accounts Online
  • 2000 - 2013: Board Member, The Folklore Society
  • 2002 - 2015: Member, Scottish Medievalists

Selected international presentations

  • 2018: Arctic Circle Assembly (Reykjavik, Iceland)
  • 2018: Jill MacKenzie Memorial Lecture (University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada)
  • 2018: Keynote Address, Medieval and Renaissance Symposium (University of Łódź, Poland)
  • 2018: 7th International Conference on Environmental Future conference (Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)
  • 2017: Reorienting the Fairy Tale: Contemporary Fairy Tale Adaptations across Cultures (Kanagawa University, Yokohama, Japan)
  • 2017: Island Dynamics International Conference on Folk Belief and Traditions of the Supernatural conference (Longyearbyen, Svalbard)
  • 2014: Public Lecture (University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2014: Keynote Address, For Auld Lang Syne conference (Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia)

Additional information

Participation in University Research Centres

  • Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies
  • Glasgow Centre for International Development
  • Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic

 

Scholarly Activities

 

Internationally rated conference papers

  • 2021 Nov Canadian Coastal Histories Workshop (online), McMaster University, Canada. Paper presented, “‘Some valuable notices of the habits of the animals’: Perceptions and Observations of Animals by Nineteenth Century Scottish Arctic Explorers”.

  • 2019 Sept 25-28 Tiere und Hexen: Animal Turn in der Hexenforschung (The Animal Turn in Witchcraft Studies), Akademie der Diozese Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Weingarten, Germany. Paper presented, “‘I sall goe intill ane haire’: Shapeshifters and Magical Hares in Scottish Witchcraft and Folk Belief”.

  • 2018 Oct 19-21 Arctic Circle Assembly, Harpa Conference Centre, Reykjavik, Iceland. Panel participant on ‘Scotland and the Arctic’. Paper presented, “Nineteenth Century Scottish Polar Explorers and their Observations of the Natural World”.

  • Oct 13-14 Scottish Studies Fall Colloquium, University of Guelph, Canada. Delivered the Jill MacKenzie Memorial Lecture, “Witchcraft and Shamanism in Northern Communities: A View from Scotland”.

  • May 15 Medieval and Renaissance Symposium (MARS), University of Łódź, Poland. Keynote address, “Witchcraft and Shamanism in Northern Communities: A View from Scotland”.

  • 16-20 April 7th International Conference on Environmental Future (ICEF): Humans and Island Environments, Honolulu, Hawai’i, USA. Paper presented, “Past and Present Semiotic and Iconic Perceptions of Ursus maritimus: The Polar Bear, Environmental Communication and Island Conservation in the Arctic”.

  • 2017 March 28-31 Reorienting the Fairy Tale: Contemporary Fairy Tale Adaptations across Cultures. Kanagawa University, Yokohama, Japan. Paper presented, “Bear Tales: Ways of Seeing Polar Bears”.

  • 2017 Jan 20-23 Island Dynamics International Conference on Folk Belief and Traditions of the Supernatural and the Supernatural in Literature and Film. Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Paper presented, “Witchcraft and Shamanism in Northern Communities: A View from Scotland”.

  • 2014 May 8-10 Keynote speaker at For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation held at Federation University Australia Ballarat Campus and at Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia, and repeated as a Public Lecture at University of Melbourne. Paper presented, “‘A country of enchantments’: Scottish Observations of Colonial Australia”.
  • 2012 May 17-21 Invited speaker Body, Soul, Spirits and Supernatural Communication, international conference of ISFNR Belief Narrative Network and Dept of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, held at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Pécs, Hungary. Paper presented, “Fairies and the Land of the Dead: Robert Kirk’s Lychnobious People”.
  • 2011 April 17-21 SIEF (Societe Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore) People Make Places – Ways of Feeling the World. 10th International SIEF conference, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal. Paper presented, “Cultural Constructs and Folklore of Bears”.
  • 2009 May 28-30 Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (SCSC) Geneva, Switzerland. Paper presented, “Rise of the Demonic: Changing Ideas about Witchcraft in Sixteenth-Century Scotland”.
  • 2009 April 2-4 Robert Burns: Contemporaries, Contexts & Cultural Forms University of South Carolina, USA. Paper presented, “Robert Burns and Slavery: The Dumfries and Galloway Context”.
  • 2001 August 25 ‘Celtic Scotland’ St. Andrews Society of California, Pasadena, California, USA. Invited Speaker. Papers presented, “Darkness Visible: Witch Belief and Second Sight” and “Fairy Belief”.
  • 2000 Aug 26 Scots-Australian Studies Association (Victoria) Trinity College, University of Melbourne, Australia. Paper presented, “Scottish Fairy Belief”.  
  • 2000 Aug 8 Scottish-Australian Heritage Council Scottish Week Sydney, Australia. Invited Speaker. Paper presented, “Scotland’s Fairy Belief and Ballad Traditions”.  
  • 1998 Nov 11 Beggars Descriptions: Destitution and Literary Genres International Literary Conference University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Paper presented,  “‘A stout carline who begged for a drink’: The Queen of Elfland as Beggar”.

International guest lectures

  • 2018 Oct 18 Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland. Lecture presented, “Bear Tales: Ways of Seeing Polar Bears in Traditional Folktales and Modern Day Children’s Literature”.

  • 2014 9 May Elizabeth Murdoch Lecture Theatre, University of Melbourne, Australia. Paper presented, “‘A country of enchantments’: Scottish Observations of Colonial Australia”.
  • June 3 School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, Australia. Paper presented, “ Incidents of Great Importance’: Animal Observation on Nineteenth Century North Polar Explorations”.
  • June 4 Early Modern Circle Seminar Series, University of Melbourne, Australia. Paper presented, “Fairies, Angels and the Land of the Dead: Robert Kirk’s Lychnobious People”.
  • 2009 8 April  ‘Table of Nations: Scotland’ McCormick Freedom Museum, in partnership with the Illinois St Andrew Society, Chicago, USA. Featured speaker in panel discussion on Scottish historical and political topics.
  • 2008 June 25 History House Seminar Series, Scottish-Australian Heritage Council Sydney, Australia. Paper presented, “The Great Scottish Witch-Hunt”.
  • 2005 April Participant in various events for Tartan Day in New York city. Followed by a Lecture tour, paper presented ‘Scottish Folklore in America”:
  • April 5 Dept of History, University of Wisconsin Madison
  • April 6 Celtic Studies, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • April 7 Illinois St Andrews Society of Chicago, Chicago.
  • 2003 Sept. University of Simon Fraser, Burnaby, British Columbia. Centre for Scottish Studies Seminar Series. Paper presented, “Witches, Fairies and Kelpies: The Supernatural in Scottish History”.
  • 1995-2018 Invited Lecturer in Cultural History, Folklore and Animal Studies aboard Expedition ships (Adventure Canada; Oceanwide; Quark, National Trust for Scotland) to Britain and Ireland, Spitsbergen, Norway, the Faroes, Iceland, Greenland and Canadian Arctic.