250 Years of Sir Walter Scott

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Jeff S. Dailey/Lyrica Society for Word/Music Relations
contact email: 

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Sir Walter Scott, a writer whose creativity affected the worlds of poetry and prose for generations.  He also played an important role in the study of government, justice, and historiography.  His writings was a primary source of operatic librettin in the 19th century, and his impact on the worlds of music, art, theatre, and jurisprudence lasted well into the 20th century.  In recent years, there has been a revival of interest in his work, and his birthday willl draw further attention to the creations of this polymath.

To celebrate this milestone, the Lyrica Soceity for Word/Music Relations, as its session at the 2020 Modern Language Association conference in Toronto invites scholars to present their research on Scott's work.  We seek proposals for 15 minute presentations on any aspect of Scott's output; it does not have to deal with music, although that is certainly an option.  Interested scholars should send 250-300 word abstracts by March 15th, and should include contact information (names, address, phone, and e mail) in the e mail.   

The Lyrica Society for Word/ Music relations has been in existence since 1981 and is an Allied Organization of the Modern Language Association.  In addition to sponsoring sessions at the MLA and American Musicological Society annual conferences, it holds an annual event, called "Lyrica Dialogues," at Harvard University every spring, and also published the journal Ars Lyrica.  For further information on the society or about this session, contact Dr. Dailey at jdailey@gts.edu.  You may also go to the society's website at lyricasociety.org.