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 interdisciplinbary 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 (1718–83) and Hugh Blair (1718–1800), the eminent preacher and professor of rhetoric and belles lettres at the University of Edinburgh.

Images: William Hunter, By Allan Ramsay [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons; Hugh Blair, By Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815), Engraver, after Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823), Portrait painter (NPG, London) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The conference will take place in the newly remodeled Kelvin Hall, a modern research hub which houses Hunter’s great collection at the University of Glasgow.