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Call for Papers: Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on June 14, 2011

Conference of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society: Media and Mediation
University of South Carolina, Columbia, 12-15 April 2012

Proposals due 1 December 2011

ECSSS will celebrate its 25th annual conference in Columbia, South Carolina, in April 2012. The conference will explore the varieties of media through which eighteenth-century Scots articulated or created both individual voices and communal understandings. Papers and sessions may focus on any aspects of cultural mediation or forms of oral and written media in the broadest sense, including manuscript culture journals, letters, notebooks, and marginalia), aural culture (sermons, songs, conversation, and academic lectures), and print culture (from stately folios and elegant octavos, to pamphlets, newspapers, broadsides, and chapbooks). Papers focused on the mediators rather than the media-authors, diarists, scholars, orators, readers and listeners, singers and composers, editors, critics, and members of the book trades-are equally welcome, as are Conference sessions will be held in the new Hollings Special Collections Library, home of the G. Ross Roy Collection of Robert Burns & Scottish Literature, and other Scottish collections. Plenary sessions will include the 2012 W. Ormiston Roy Memorial Lecture by Professor Nigel Leask, Regius Professor of English, University of Glasgow, speaking on the cultural functions of commonplace books.

Hotel accommodation will be available at a special conference rate in the Courtyard by Marriott, 601 Assembly St., in easy walking distance from the library. The university was founded in 1801 as South Carolina College, and the conference will include time for optional guided tours of the historic central campus and of Columbia’s most significant antebellum mansion. Please e-mail or fax a title and one-page description of your proposed panel or proposed 20-minute paper, along with a one-page cv, by 1 December 2012 to the conference organizer, Professor Patrick Scott, Rare Books & Special Collections, University of South Carolina Libraries, Columbia, SC 29208, USA (scottp@mailbox.so.edu; fax: 803-177 -3842).

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The program for the 2011 ECSSS conference to be held at the University of Aberdeen, 7-10 July, is available here»

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