Media & Mediation in 18th-Century Scotland:
Voices, Manuscripts and “Guid Black Prent"

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
April 12-April 15, 2012

ECSSS 2012 Program

The Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society will celebrate its 25th annual conference in Columbia, South Carolina, April 12-15, 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. In accord with ECSSS tradition, proposals will also be considered that do not focus on this year’s theme, but do fall within ECSSS’s broad areas of interest.

The conference is co-hosted by the University of South Carolina Libraries and the Department of English. 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 lectures Nigel Leask (University of Glasgow) and David Shields (University of South Carolina) and a roundtable on ballads and mediality with Maureen McLane (NYU) and Ruth Perry (MIT).

To present a paper, 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 December 15, 2011 to Professor Patrick Scott, Rare Books & Special Collections, University of South Carolina Libraries, Columbia, SC 29208, USA (; fax: 803-777-3842).

Graduate students presenting papers and traveling from overseas may contact the ECSSS Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Prof. Richard Sher (, for information about travel grants to attend the conference.


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