Scots Abroad: Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society Annual Conference 2022 Back

30 years after its last visit to England, ECSSS’s annual conference will be hosted by Liverpool’s Eighteenth-Century Worlds Research Centre amid the unspoiled residential terraces of Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter. Liverpool was the fastest growing British city of the 1790s, with emigrant Scots – including Dr. James Currie (editor of Burns) and merchant, MP and slave owner Sir John Gladstone – playing a significant role in its cultural, economic, social, political, intellectual and religious life. We invite proposals on any aspect of the conference theme ‘Scots Abroad’, including the movement and impact of Scottish people, practices, goods and ideas to other parts of the globe near or far. As ever, papers on other aspects of eighteenth-century Scottish thought, politics and culture are also welcome.

Postponed from the summer of 2021, the conference theme marks the tercentenary of the births in 1721 of Principal William Robertson (who wrote about Europe, India and the Americas), Dr. John Erskine (who developed Scottish-American evangelical connections), and Tobias Smollett (who emigrated to London), as well as the tercentenary of the death of castaway Alexander Selkirk (who inspired Robinson Crusoe).

New proposals for ‘Scots Abroad’ should be emailed to Professor Mark Towsey (towsey@liverpool.ac.uk) by 15 November 2021 and should include:

• For 20-minute papers: name and email address of speaker, paper title, abstract of c.300 words and brief (three or four line) biographical note

• For three- or four-speaker panels: panel title, name and email address of each contributor (plus suggested chair, if known), and paper title, 300-word abstract and brief biographical note for each of the contributors

• For roundtables: roundtable title, name and email address of each contributor (plus suggested chair, if known), 300-word roundtable abstract, and brief biographical note for each of the contributors