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Dr. Mark Wallace in Edinburgh

Dr. Mark Wallace, Assistant Professor of History, on an earlier trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. He plans to use his research for a class he is teaching on European History at Danville Community College.

DANVILLE, VA  April 16, 2012 - Dr. Mark C. Wallace, Assistant Professor of History at Danville Community College, has been awarded a three-month Visiting Research Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), located in Edinburgh, Scotland. Wallace will undertake his Visiting Research Fellowship at the IASH during May, June, and July of 2012.

Each year IASH elects scholars who have submitted proposals to undertake advanced study in Edinburgh. Fellowships are normally held for periods of two to six months. The fellows are selected up to three years in advance of the study.

Wallace says the Institute also seeks and elects as Fellows those whose research contributes to the chosen Research Themes. Fellows undertake individual research and contribute to the work of the Institute and the College of Humanities and Social Science; give a seminar on their current work while they are at the Institute; and they are expected to publish the results in due course.

“I am very excited about this Fellowship, as it will enable me to reconnect with two of my academic passions: research and writing. And the upshot of the timing of the Fellowship is that is dovetails nicely with the inception of my new Scottish History courses, which will provide me with ample teaching material that is both fresh and engaging,? Wallace adds.
"During the three months of my fellowship, I will research those periods of Scottish history that more closely relate to my PhD research, specifically the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries,? Wallace explains. “I continually develop those themes such as religion, class, ideology, religion, and gender, which are important to Scottish history but certainly are relevant to American history and Western Civilization. Implicit in lectures and discussions are in-depth analyses of imperial expansion, revolution, political ideologies, and spirituality – subjects which I taught while a doctoral student at the University of St. Andrews and currently teach at Danville Community College.?

Wallace also received a Paul Lee Professional Development Grant from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to study in Scotland. That grant will help him to take the course statewide.

"This professional development grant application is intended to expand the course offerings within the VCCS in the subject area of history, specifically Scottish history,? Wallace continues. “ Indeed, such courses will expand student knowledge of British culture and society, prepare students for transfer to a four-year university, allow for transferable history electives to a four-year institution, introduce students to study-abroad programs, and encourage personal inquiry into the rich Scottish and Celtic heritage aptly represented through local historical, musical, cultural, and societal traditions."

IASH was established in 1969 to promote interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Edinburgh. According to its website, IASH seeks to bring about collegial dialogue and to further collaborative research by maintaining a number of Fellowship schemes, by conducting regular programs of Seminars, and by developing overarching Research Themes around which interactions with the local research community are structured.

Since its founding more than 800 scholars from 62 countries have held Institute fellowships -- on average between 15 and 20 Fellows are in residence at any one time.
Housed in a secluded 18th century courtyard overlooking the Meadows, the Institute is adjacent to most centers of University activity, such as the University Library and the Schools within the College of Humanities and Social Science. It is within easy walking distance of the National Library of Scotland, the National Archives of Scotland, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Royal Museum of Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland.

“The research undertaken at the Institute will be an extension and re-conceptualization of my PhD work at the University of St Andrews, which focused on 18th-century freemasonry. While in Scotland, I will examine the records from various Scottish clubs and societies, particularly those associations found in Edinburgh – for example the Select Society, Easy Club, Edinburgh Society, and the Medical Society of Edinburgh – and examine themes such as gender relations, class consciousness, power structures, and ritual,? he explains. “Ultimately, I will address three main questions: Firstly, who belonged to these societies, and how is the demographic representation manifested in the literature? Secondly, how is the subject matter of freemasons and other societies similar and different? Thirdly, how does the literature contribute to a national ideology??
Wallace incorporated much of his research into his DCC classes. Last fall, and during the spring semester, he taught the three-credit class – Topics in European History (HIS 225 - 226).

“This (fellowship) helped me prepare to teach the new Scottish History curriculum,? Wallace notes. “My work is more closely linked to the second half of this course (1689 to the present) but the foundations of clubs and societies are rooted within themes found throughout the history of Scotland. Furthermore, during my Fellowship I will construct a walking tour of Edinburgh using a portable digital video camera, which will allow my students to study and experience Scotland.

“Additionally, the ‘video documentaries will allow students to experience

During his study in Scotland, Wallace will maintain a daily blog about his experiences. To view the blog go to: He says the blog will be focused on not only his research, which will be conducted primarily in the National Archives of Scotland and at various universities throughout Scotland, but on Scottish culture as well.

“Additionally, the ‘video documentaries’ will allow students to experience places of historical significance outside of history textbooks,? Wallace continues. “This will encourage them to participate in the college’s Study Abroad program by emphasizing the study of history through first-hand exploration of a particular place. Additionally, studying in Britain and Europe this summer will enable me to incorporate my findings and documentaries into courses offered in conjunction with our Study Abroad program. Ultimately, students will gain a better historical understanding of Scotland and other European countries, in addition to achieving a certain measure of comprehension and appreciation for other societies and customs."

Wallace adds he is looking forward to the trip.

“My last visit to Scotland was in 2007 – marked by my graduation from the University of St Andrews – and I look forward simply to returning to a place that is steeped in tradition and history. And, of course, it is an excuse to wear my kilt?.

For more information about the Scottish History or European History classes, contact Wallace at 434.797.8471, toll free at 800.560.4291, ext. 8471, or
click here.


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