Programme for the People’s Voice Launch Event, 15 February, Trades Hall of Glasgow

10.00: Tea and Coffee

10.30: The People’s Voice Project – Introduction to Resources

11.00: Speaker 1 – Alison Chapman (UVic): The “old rustic Scottish manner”: Locating the People’s Voice in Scottish Victorian Periodical Poetry’

11.45: Speaker 2 – Florence Boos (Iowa): ‘Liminal Poetics: Scottish Labouring-Class Women’s Writings, 1860-1890’

12.30: Lunch

1.15: Janey Buchan Centre – an introduction

1.45: Speaker 3 – Mike Sanders (Manchester): ‘Redemption Songs: From Charter to Rasta’

2.30: Tea and coffee

3.00: Speaker 4 – Jon Mee (York): ‘”Meet we here United”?: London Radicalism and the Question of Political Song in the 1790s’

3.45: Speaker 5 – Gerard Carruthers (Glasgow): Political Anthologising in Scotland: Jacobites, Jacobins and Beyond

4.30: Musical Entertainment – Bill Adair

5.00: Wine reception


Launch Event for The People’s Voice: Scottish Political Poetry, Song and the Franchise, 1832–1918

15 February 2018, Trades Hall of Glasgow

This conference marks the launch of the People’s Voice website, funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and created by staff at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde.

This is a free online resource essential for anyone interested in the popular political culture of Scotland in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, containing details of over a thousand poems as well as song recordings, essays and schools resources. On 15 February, we will celebrate the culmination of our work on this project with a programme of international speakers and musical entertainment. Please join us!

Our speakers will include: Florence Boos (University of Iowa), Alison Chapman (University of Victoria, Jon Mee (University of York) and Mike Sanders (University of Manchester).

The conference is free to attend but registration is required. Tickets available here:



RMA Research Colloquia in Music: Joanna Bullivant, ‘Text or Act: Alan Bush’s Concept of Workers’ Music’ 

Wednesday 11 October at 5.15pm, Hepburn Room (208), 7 University Gardens, University of Glasgow.

The RMA Research Colloquium in Music welcomes Joanna Bullivant (University of Oxford), who will be speaking about ‘Text or Act? Alan Bush’s Concept of Workers’ Music’.

This is a collaborative event with the Janey Buchan Political Song Collection, and will include a brief presentation of the Workers’ Music Association Digitisation Project. There will also be an opportunity to visit a small display of materials from the Janey Buchan Political Song Collection, some of whose holdings relate to Alan Bush and the Workers’ Music Association.

Joanna Bullivant is currently Lecturer in Music at Magdalen College and postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford. Her first book, Alan Bush, Modern Music, and the Cold War: The Cultural Left in Britain and the Communist Bloc, was published this year by Cambridge University Press. She has broad research interests in music and politics, modernism, and digital musicology, and is currently part of a research project bringing the music of Frederick Delius to wider audiences by creating an online, interactive exhibition for the British Library.

Open to all!



The Material Culture of Mass Politics in Scotland, c.1815 – c.1914: AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD studentship which will be awarded in October 2017 over 3 years.

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD studentship. One studentship will be awarded in 2017 (start date 1 October 2017) to the best applicant who meets the criteria below. The scholarship will be awarded over three years and comprises a stipend of £15103 per annum plus tuition fees at UK/EU rates.

The Studentship

The ‘long nineteenth century’ witnessed the development of a mass politics replete with material culture. This was especially evident around questions of parliamentary reform. Flags and banners, rosettes, commemorative medals, statues and monuments all made for a rich political life that was prominent in civic spaces and shaped individual and collective experiences.

In exploring the relationship of objects to mass politics the student will be encouraged to develop his/her research with reference to a number of questions:

  • Who made different objects and for what purposes?
  • How were political objects displayed or used and what meanings did they hold for those who owned, used or displayed them?
  • How can we explain the survival, re-use, and collection of the material culture of politics?

By conducting intensive research into the collections at National Museums Scotland and collections elsewhere in Britain, the student will make original contributions to understanding the development of ‘modern’ politics in Scotland and to how historians, museums and educators can best interpret the material artefacts of past political cultures.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must be suitably qualified at undergraduate and postgraduate Masters degree level, which will include a proven interest in material culture and/or political history.
  • Applicants must submit a covering letter, an application form, a sample of academic writing (c.3000 words) and final or interim transcripts of marks to date for undergraduate and Masters degree programmes.
  • For candidates who are shortlisted, we also will require two favourable academic references.

Further Information and Application Procedure

In the first instance, candidates should apply for this award solely using this form, and should not use the relevant University online application procedure at this stage.

Selection Procedure

A short-listing meeting will be convened and short-listed candidates will be interviewed in Edinburgh or via video conference on 12 May 2017. The successful candidate then be required to submit an application for postgraduate study to the University of Edinburgh.

The application deadline is 26 April 2017.


Call for papers, deadline 31 January 2017

Call for papers: ‘Scottish Political Poetry and Song, 1832-1918’.

In 2018, Scottish Literary Review will publish a special issue in relation to the Carnegie-funded project ‘The People’s Voice: Scottish Political Poetry, Song and the Franchise, 1832-1918’, guest-edited by Catriona MacDonald, Kirstie Blair and Michael Shaw. The special issue aims to widen the remit of this project beyond its primary focus on Reform and franchise verse, and to reflect more broadly on the connections between politics and poetry and song cultures, within Scotland and potentially beyond, in this period.

The editors invite interested contributors to send 250 word proposals and a short CV to by 31 January 2017. Decisions will be made within three months, with essays of 5-8000 words due by 31 December 2017.