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Humanities and Social Science

Dr Michael Morris

Dr Michael Morris

Telephone: 0151 231 3857


My research revolves around the cultural history of the Atlantic world, particularly in the long eighteenth century. Firstly, I'm interested in recovering the memory of Caribbean slavery in a Scottish context, and I consider the implications of this recovery for contemporary debates on Scottish and British identity. Secondly, I engage with theories around archipelagos. Inspired by theories around Caribbean creolization, I consider the implications of re-considering ‘the British Isles’ as an ‘Atlantic Archipelago’. This looks to move beyond current paradigms of Scottish/ Welsh/Irish/ English/ British nationalism to consider the ways that the nations and peoples who inhabit these islands have always been both independent and interdependent.




2012, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, PhD


Book review

Morris MJ. 2017. New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649–1849 by Elizabeth Maddock Dillon Contemporary Theatre Review, 27 :286-287 >DOI

Morris M. 2012. Zachary Macaulay, 1768-1838: The Steadfast Scot in the British Anti-Slavery Movement SCOTTISH HISTORICAL REVIEW, 91 :371-373 >DOI >Link


Morris MJ. 2017. Don Roberto on Doughty Deeds; or, Slavery and Family History in the Scottish Renaissance Empires and Revolutions: Cunninghame Graham and his contemporaries 22 :47-63 Association for Scottish Literary Studies. Glasgow

Morris MJ. 2016. Multidirectional Memory, Many-Headed Hydras and Glasgow donington K, Hanley R, Moody J. Britain's History and Memory of Transatlantic Slavery: Local Nuances of a National Sin :195-215 Liverpool University Press. Liverpool 9781781383551

Morris MJ. 2015. Yonder Awa: Slavery and Distancing Strategies in Scottish Literature Devine TM. Recovering Scotland's Slavery Past: the Caribbean Connection :41-61 Edinburgh University Press. Edinburgh


Morris M. 2015. Scotland and the Caribbean, C.1740-1833 Atlantic Archipelagos Routledge. New York and Abingdon 9781138778986

Journal article

Morris MJ. 2014. Robert Burns: Recovering Scotland's Memory of the Black Atlantic Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies, 37 :343-359 >DOI >Link

Morris MJ. 2008. Joseph Knight: Scotland and the Black Atlantic International Journal of Scottish Literature,

Engagement & Impact


The G. Ross Roy Medal for Best Thesis in Scottish Literature 2013, Universities Committee for Scottish Literature at the Saltire Awards.,

Conference presentation:

Scottish-Caribbean pastoral and georgic, World Congress of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow, Oral presentation

Devolving the Black Atlantic, The Lost Child: The Black Atlantic and Northern Britain, Institute for Black Atlantic Research, University of Central Lancaster, Preston, Oral presentation

The Scottish Renaissance and the Caribbean Connection, Empires and Revolutions: Writers on Globalisation and Democracy, Association for Scottish Literary Studies, Stirling, Oral presentation

Slave Cotton in the Age of Improvement, Cultures of Improvement, University of Glasgow, Oral presentation


Honorary Research Fellow, Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies, University of Edinburgh

Media Coverage:, Recorded public talk available as free audio podcast on iTunes. Talk titled: 'Robert Burns and the Caribbean' given as part of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies conference 'Robert Burns at Home and Abroad', University of Glasgow, 12 Jan 2013.,, Articles in The Herald newspaper in relation to the Empire Café and memorials of slavery in Glasgow. 6 July and 3 August 2014.

Other invited event:

Scotland and the Caribbean, Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies, University of Edinburgh, Research Seminar Series

Launch of Black History Month, Kelingrove Museum Glasgow, Speaker at the launch of Glasgow's Black History Month 2015