Monthly Archives: September 2018

Reflections on the Union: Past, Present and Future

The University of St Andrews Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research welcomes These Islands and the Constitution Reform Group in an afternoon academic workshop and panel discussion to discuss the political, historical and legal aspects of the Union and how Brexit and the possibility of Scottish independence requires us to reassess how and why the Union can thrive in the 21st century and beyond. Speakers include Lord Salisbury, Gisela Stuart, Daniel Greenberg, and Paul Silk.

Open to: All staff and students, public

Date: Thursday 18 October 2018

Time: 3pm to 6.30pm

Where: Parliament Hall

Forensic Rhetoric and Emotions Workshop (St Andrews, 11 August 2018)

This small workshop explored the use of Latin rhetorical treatises , and in particular that of Quintilian, as a source for the history of emotions. The evocation and exploitation of emotion was a crucial aspect of the rhetorician’s art, so the writers of the treatises had thought deeply about the subject. Examination of their works reveals what they considered to be emotions, and the nature of those emotions. The treatises are also important sources regarding the feiging and the manipulation of emotions. In particular they allow consideration of emotions as interactions between two or more people, rather than focussing on the individual’s emotions or writing studies starting from a particular emotion. The workshop was jointly organised by Kimberley-Joy Knight and John Hudson, and participants also included specialists in mediaeval rhetoric and modern legal practitioners.

Visiting Scholar: Meridith Roy

The Institute welcomed as a visiting scholar Meridith Roy, on a Bates Fellowship from the University of Michigan. Between graduation from Law School and starting work for a large law firm in New York, she undertook a research project on ‘Women’s Wills in Late Medieval England’. The project took her to various libraries and archives in Scotland and England.