Our research activity explores Gaelic literature, cultural history and contemporary Gaelic society. Within these themes, we conduct research on topics ranging from the prose literature of the eighteenth century to understanding sociolinguistic change in Gaelic-English bilingual speech communities today.

The Department publishes the journal Scottish Gaelic Studies, which is a leading peer-reviewed journal in the discipline. We co-lead the inter-university Soillse research project, funded by the Scottish Funding Council, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, which aims to develop research capacity to inform public policy towards the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture.

Recent Research Highlights:

  • Watson, Moray 2012. Bàrdachd Iain Mhic a' Ghobhainn. Stornoway: Acair.
  • Macleod, Michelle 2011. 'Gaelic drama: the forgotten genre in Gaelic literary studies', in Emma Dymock and Wilson McLeod (eds) Lainnir a' bhùirn: Scottish Gaelic Literature in the Twentieth Century and Beyond. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press, pp. 55-70.
  • Watson, Moray 2011. An Introduction to Gaelic Fiction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 
  • Watson, Moray 2011. 'Luasganach, neo-chàirdeil, sìorruidh', in Emma Dymock and Wilson McLeod (eds) Lainnir a' bhùirn: Scottish Gaelic Literature in the Twentieth Century and Beyond. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press, pp. 41-54.
  • Moray Watson and Lindsay Milligan (eds) 2010. From Vestiges to the Very Day: New Voices in Celtic Studies. Aberdeen: AHRC Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies.
  • Watson, Moray and Macleod, Michelle (eds) 2010. The Edinburgh Companion to the Gaelic Language. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

For a full list of our publications, please visit individual staff pages.