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No. 39, May 2012 - Fachbereich Translations-, Sprach- und ...

No. 39, May 2012 - Fachbereich Translations-, Sprach- und ...

No. 39, May 2012 - Fachbereich Translations-, Sprach- und

Dear Subscriber / Reader, No. 39, May 2012 Editors: Professor Dr. Horst W. Drescher Lothar Görke Professor Dr. Klaus Peter Müller Ronald Walker Editorial It would be remiss of us to begin this editorial in any way other than by issuing a heartfelt 'thank you' for the positive feedback, suggestions and encouragement received in response to our resurrected Scottish Studies Newsletter of last autumn – many thanks indeed! Special thanks must also go out to those who responded with active contributions in the form of articles, reviews or other assistance. Very many of you also got in touch to let us know what your preferences were for receiving the Newsletter in future. These have been noted and all will hopefully run according to plan. But do please let us know of any problems and we will do our best to rectify them. While we have a number of contributions promised already for our next (October) issue, mainly in the form of book reviews, we are still very much open to other offerings, and would especially like to hear from anyone involved in any new or innovative ventures or in the development of any new institutions/centres/departments in the Scottish Studies field. It would also be nice if we could have something from some area of endeavour in Scottish Studies, or from the wider Scottish cultural scene, to which we could give some extended scope in the next, or a future, issue. We have made a start this time by giving some attention to institutions, organisations and societies involved in the field of Scottish history, and in particular, to the current and very dynamic developments in the Scottish museums and galleries sector. Our centrepiece on this occasion is an article on the history and recent renewal of the Scottish National Museum in Edinburgh by David Forsyth, Senior Curator of Scottish Social History and Diaspora. A second part to this article, concentrating on the museum's Discoveries Gallery will appear in the October issue. The next issue will also feature a report on the Scottish Universities' International Summer School based at the University of Edinburgh which celebrates its 65th anniversary this year. The report will be written by our own Miriam Schröder who has been awarded the Saltire Scholarship for Scottish Literature and will be attending the Summer School. We would like to take the opportunity to congratulate her on winning the scholarship. A core interest of the Newsletter, both in the past and at present, is Scottish literature, but as the focus of this issue, as well as this editorial, implies we are very keen to hear from people in other areas as well. If you are, or if you know, someone who is involved in fields such as Scottish film, history, media studies, philosophy, social studies, religion, language, ecology, music, politics, etc., please get in touch or send your suggestions to us. We would very much like to hear from you.

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