Blackwood's Bicentenary Conference, U. of Edinburgh, 24-25 July 2017

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March 1, 2017
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On the 200th anniversary of what remains one of the most remarkable launches in British periodical history, scholars of Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, British literary periodicals, and Scottish politics and culture will gather in Edinburgh for two days of debate about the magazine’s highs and lows, its wide cultural impact, and its enduring legacies in literary history.

Scheduled to precede the 2017 British Association of Romantic Studies conference in York, this 24-25 July 2017 symposium will be hosted by Tom Mole (U. of Edinburgh) and Nicholas Mason (Brigham Young U.) and co-sponsored by Edinburgh’s Centre for the History of the Book, the Keats-Shelley Association of America’s Romantic Bicentennials initiative, the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, and Studies in Scottish Literature. The event will feature two days of panels, plenaries by Mark Parker (James Madison U.) and Joanne Shattock (U. of Leicester), and ample time for Maga-inspired carousing.

The organizers invite 250-word proposals for 20-minute papers, e-mailed to tom.mole@ed.ac.uk and nicholas.mason@byu.edu by day’s end on 1 March 2017. While, as a bicentenary event, this symposium will focus heavily on Blackwood’s Romantic-era origins, we welcome papers touching on any chapter from the magazine’s 1817 founding to its shuttering in 1980, as well as on the periodical press more generally. Proposals might focus on specific essays, tales, poems, or reviews that appeared in the magazine or rival periodicals, especially those that shaped Blackwood’s distinctive character or extended its influence across Britain, Europe, and North America. Those wishing to submit pre-assembled panels are encouraged to share their plans with the organizers by mid-February.

For more complete details on the Blackwood’s Bicentenary, see www.chb.ed.ac.uk/blackwoods.