Saturday, July 25, 2009

CFP: Border Families and their Books in Northern England and in Scotland, c. 1480-c. 1620


Border Families and their Books in Northern England and in Scotland, c.
1480-c. 1620

A symposium on family books and borders in Scotland and Northern England.

Merton College, Oxford, 16-17 April 2010.

Plenary Speakers: Sally Mapstone (University of Oxford) and Priscilla
Bawcutt (University of Liverpool)

Closing remarks: Roger Mason (University of St Andrews)

Symposium Focus

An exploration of the literary activities, tastes, and book collections of
family groups based in or connected to the border regions of Northern
England and Scotland from the late fifteenth to early seventeenth century.
Border regions are taken to include borders or boundaries (physical or
imagined) between Lowland and Highland Scotland, as well as Scotland and

Topics may include, but are not limited to

. Prints and manuscripts (especially anthologies or miscellanies
associated with kin groups)

. Related subjects such as literary interchange between border
families, or the way in which crossing borders shaped a family's literary
pursuits and interests

. Bodies of writing by members of the same family group, or
family book collections

The organisers welcome proposals for 20-30 minute papers on these, and
related, topics. They would be particularly interested in paper proposals on
the Percy, Neville, and Howard families, and on the Maitlands, Cockburns,
Douglases, and Campbells of Glenorchy.

Submission details

Please send expressions of interest/200-word abstract, along with your name
and affiliation to either of the organisers by 1st October 2010. Further
information can be obtained by contacting the organisers, or on the
conference website:


Dr Joanna Martin Dr Kate McClune

University of Nottingham Merton College, Oxford

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