Call for blog posts!

The Symposium for Seventeenth-Century Scottish Literatures is pleased to announce our second gathering on the 27th–29th April 2022. Our inaugural symposium fostered dialogues on the century’s diverse corpus and reflected on the shape of current scholarship. With these contours sketched, this year we consider where the literary landmarks of the Scottish seventeenth-century lie and where, once placed, the inevitable faultlines appear.

The historical landscape of the seventeenth century is replete with landmarks – from regal union, regicide and restoration to rebellions and territorial expansion. James VI’s ascension to the London throne made possible an Imperial vision for a united British state. As well as colonial venture and military conflict, indentured slavery criminal punishment, and economic migration continued to scatter the Scottish diaspora across Europe and beyond. As R.D.S Jack observed in 1971 “literary men will produce literature whatever the theme”; yet the map of Scotland’s seventeenth century, so far, presents a lacuna in histories of Scottish literature. The aftershocks of the European Renaissance are felt in canonical writers from Drummond to Urquhart. The blurring of cultural boundaries with England and Europe fed literary networks and their readerships: printers, publishers, pamphleteers, poets, playwrights, lyricists, preachers, historians, travellers, and reporters fed a burgeoning print culture.

Proposals for papers have been accepted for this year’s event but we are also inviting blog posts to form a curated collection on the SSCSL website as part of the event. Images, transcriptions, posters are all accepted as content. Blogs can also take the form of sharing ideas that may not fit in a formal paper or article or describing particular research or cultural trips and experiences which are relevant to seventeenth-century Scottish literatures. It is our hope that the collection will be varied and broad. Researchers at any stage are encouraged to submit, but we particularly invite the submissions of undergraduate students who wish to introduce their ideas to a supportive, wider audience within the field and gain experience in sharing research. For more information, please email us at the address below and we will be happy to help.

Blog posts can be between 250–500 words and should be sent to by Friday 8th April 2022.

The symposium is free to attend. Given the rapidly unfolding restrictions on in-person events, the symposium will be on Zoom, with discussion time between papers. We kindly ask that you inform us of any accessibility when registration opens.