Conference | ECSSS 2018, Glasgow

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on May 15, 2018


Networks of Enlightenment
31st Annual Conference of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society
University of Glasgow, 17–21 July 2018

ECSSS returns to the city of Glasgow after twenty-eight years to hold its first-ever conference at Glasgow University—one of the central sites of the Scottish Enlightenment. The theme of this conference is Networks of Enlightenment and will look at areas of interdisciplinary interest from philosophical, literary, and scientific networks through to English, Continental, and transatlantic connections.

The conference will commemorate the tercentenary of the births of two major Scottish Enlightenment figures, whose medical, literary, ecclesiastical, antiquarian, and other networks were extensive: the Glasgow-educated anatomist and collector Dr. William Hunter (1718–1783) and Hugh Blair (1718–1800), the eminent preacher and professor of rhetoric and belles lettres at the University of Edinburgh.

The conference will run from the afternoon of Tuesday 17 to lunchtime on Saturday 21 July. Registration opens on the afternoon of 17 July at 2pm, followed by the opening keynote then, in the evening, a civic reception in Glasgow City Chambers. Wednesday 18 July is the first full day of panels. Thursday has panels in the morning followed by the conference trip to Dumfries House and to Alloway in Ayshire. On Friday, we have another full day of panels followed by the conference dinner. The conference closes Saturday with panels in the morning, including special sessions in celebration of the tricentenary of William Hunter, followed by a closing keynote and reception courtesy of the Hunterian Museum.

The preliminary conference programme can be downloaded pdf file here

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