CFP: Scott at 250 – History, Landscape, Environment

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The Twelfth International Walter Scott Conference

The University of Edinburgh,4-8th July 2021

Plenary Speakers: Prof. Deidre Lynch, Harvard University and Prof. Alison Lumsden, University of Aberdeen

In the 250th year since the birth of Walter Scott the University of Edinburgh, his alma mater, will host a conference on his work and global legacy. Proposals for papers or panels on any aspect of his writing, collecting, or curation of his estate at Abbotsford are invited. Particularly welcome will be those which address Scott’s understanding of the historical landscape, the interrelation of human societies and their environment, and landscape as both aesthetic and economic resource.

Given the continuing uncertainty over international travel due to the pandemic, and (in harmony with the environmental element of its theme) our concern to limit the carbon footprint of our conference, it will be held in a hybrid format, with contributors participating either in Edinburgh or online. All contributors, whether present in Edinburgh or not, will record their papers as audio or video files, and these will be available for participants to view before or during the conference. Discussion of these papers will take place in the afternoon and early evening among those physically present and those joining us by video conferencing.

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis and should be sent to the organiser, Robert Irvine, at r.p.irvine@ed.ac.uk.