All panels will take place in either School I or School V in the Quad (off North Street) apart from the plenaries on Thursday and Friday evenings, which will take place in Parliament Hall on South St.

Wednesday 19 July

10.30-11.45am:   Registration + Refreshments (Lower College Hall)

11.45-12pm:     WELCOME  (School I)

12-1pm Session 1: New Audiences for Old(er Scots) Texts (School I)

Chair: Bess Rhodes

David Parkinson (University of Saskatchewan): ‘The Muses Threnodie (1638) and Walking Perth’s Past (2023)’

Margaret Bridges (University of Berne): ‘Gilbert Hay’s Buik of King Alexander the Conquerour: Translation as Sudoku’

1-2pm :    lunch (Lower College Hall)

2-3.30pm:       Session 2

2a   Spiritual Writing          (School I)

Chair: Beth Beattie

Nicholas Babich (University of Notre Dame): ‘Think on the Bludy Serk: On the Form of Allegorical Identity in Henryson’s Poetic Corpus’

Jamie Reid-Baxter (University of Glasgow): ‘Elizabeth Melville: Love’s Lament for Christ’s Absence

2b  Representation and Persuasion   (School V)

Chair: Tricia McElroy

Julian Goodare (University of Edinburgh): ‘The Big Lie in Scottish Propaganda, 1400-1600’

Emily Hay (University of Glasgow): ‘Murderer, Mother, Martyr? Mary Queen of Scots and Writing the Self’

Jessica Reid (University of Glasgow): ‘Riddels and Metaphors’: ambiguity and interpretation in the mid-seventeenth-century ‘public sphere’

3.30-4pm:   refreshments  (Lower College Hall)

4-5pm:            Session 3

3a  Language and Reformation   (School I)

Chair: Julian Goodare

Bess Rhodes (University of St Andrews): ‘Shavelings’ and ‘Idolaters’: The Language of Othering Scottish Catholics, 1559-1567’

Beth Beattie (University of Glasgow): ‘Texts of the Scottish Reformation: Creating and Normalising Corpora’ (BB)

3b  Alexander Craige’s The Pilgrime and Heremite: Challenging Textual Authority

(School V)

Chair: David Parkinson

Lorna MacBean (Independent Scholar): ‘Between Script and Print: The Witnesses to Alexander Craige’s The Pilgrime and Heremite’

Pat Mason (Independent Scholar): ‘Witnessing Craige: Interpretation and Authorship in The Pilgrime and Heremite’

5-7.30pm: Plenary 1  (School I + Upper College Hall)

The plenary talk will begin at 5.15pm and will be followed by a wine reception in Lower College Hall

Thomas Owen Clancy (University of Glasgow): ‘The “first” “Scottish” “Renaissance”: poetry from the reign of William the Lion’

Chair: Michael Brown


Thursday 20 July

9.30-11am:   Session 4: Esther Inglis     (School I)

Chair: Jamie Reid-Baxter

Georgianna Ziegler (Folger Shakespeare Library): ‘Esther Inglis: The French Connection’

Samantha Bruce-Benjamin (University of St Andrews): ‘”A succession of careful and loving hands”: Paratextual Histories of Ownership in the Manuscripts of Esther Inglis (1570/1-1624)’

Anna-Nadine Pike (University of Kent): ‘Escrit en Ecosse: Esther Inglis’ scribal influence in Scotland’

11-11.30am   refreshments (Lower College Hall)

11.30-1pm:     Session 5

5a  Chronicle and Myth     (School I)

Chair: Roger Mason

Stephen Boardman (University of Edinburgh) ‘”At the sign of the Tin Plate”. Andrew of Wyntoun and Alexander Stewart, Earl of Mar’s Burgundian Campaign of 1408’

Ryoko Harikae (Tokyo University of Science) ‘John Hardyng’s Chronicle and Its Readers’

Sibilla Siano (University of Padua)  ‘The Arthurian Legend in Late Fifteenth-Century Scotland: Gologras and Gawain and Lancelot of the Layk

5b   Dunbar, Race and other Challenges (School V)

Chair: Ruth Meg Oldman

Caitlin Flynn (University of St Andrews): ‘Race in Dunbar and Medieval Scottish Poetry’

K.A. Laity (College of Saint Rose, NY): ‘”Good Migrant” or Anti-Christ?: Rauf’s “Saracen” and Dunbar’s Alchemist’

Alice Gibson (University of Glasgow): ‘Dunbar’s Provocation: Text-Audience Relationships in Medieval Scottish Literature’

1-2pm:            lunch (Lower College Hall)

2-3.30pm        Session 6

6a        Mothers and Motherhood     (School I)

Chair: Emily Hay

Tricia McElroy (University of Alabama) ‘The Motherhoods of Mary Queen of Scots’

Emily Wingfield (University of Birmingham) ‘Narrative Absences and Pregnant Pauses: Motherhood and Scotland’s Queens’

Kate McClune (University of Bristol) ‘Absent Mothers in Sixteenth Century Scottish Poetry’

6b        The Challenges of Translation    (School V)

Chair: Margaret Bridges

Meghan Bushnell (University of London): ‘”To Virgillis text ybund”: The Internal and Intertextual Structure of the Eneados’

Ruggero Bianchin (University of Glasgow): ‘Robert Henryson in Italian Translations’

Fernando Toda (University of Salamanca): ‘“¿A quién tuteas tú, escocés?” The translation of Hary’s Wallace into Spanish’

3.30-4pm:   refreshments (Lower College Hall)

4-5pm:            Session 7

7a  Landscapes of Comedy  (School I)

Chair: Caitlin Flynn

Theo van Heijnsbergen (University of Glasgow): ‘”Eldritch no reason hath”: A Contrarian Reading’

Sarah Harlan-Haughey (University of Maine): ‘Low Visibility: imperfect knowledge, “wikkit wedere,” and the Landscape in The Taill of Rauf Coilȝear’

7b   New Approaches to the Bannatyne Manuscript  (School V)

Chair: Joanna Martin

Ruth Meg Oldman (Independent): ‘“Quhois pretius vertew is imperiall!”: An Examination of Dunbar’s “The Thrissil and the Rois” Line in Bannatyne’s Manuscript’

Lucy Hinnie (IASH, University of Edinburgh): ‘Theorising the Bannatyne: Flyting or Folly?’

5-7.30pm: Plenary 2 (Parliament Hall, South Street)

The plenary talk will begin at 5.25pm (to allow for the stroll to South St) and will be followed by a wine reception.

Bryony Coombs (University of Edinburgh): ‘Imagined Communities’: Franco-Scottish Books and their Images 1420-1540′

Chair: Amy Blakeway

Sponsored by St Andews’ Institute for Scottish Historical Research


Friday 21 July

10am-4pm: Special Collections Exhibition in the Napier Reading Room at Martyrs’ Kirk, North St.
Please take advantage of the extra breaks in today’s schedule to visit this!  Free access 10am-1.30pm. Thereafter numbers will be managed by asking delegates to sign up for one of three blocks, 1.30-2.15pm; 2.20-3.05pm or 3.10-3.55pm (max number in reading room: 25).

9.30-10.30am:    Session 8: Interrogating Material Culture   (School I)

Chair: Anna Groundwater

Pamela King (University of Glasgow): ‘Humanism, the Knights of St John, and Scotland’s only surviving pre-Reformation Cadaver Tomb

Lydia Prosser (National Museums of Scotland and Durham): ‘Characterising the late medieval brooch in Scotland: What, Where, When and Why?’

10.30-11.30am: refreshments (Lower College Hall)

11.30-1pm:     Session 9

9a  Humanism and Sixteenth-Century Literature   (School I)

Chair: Theo Van Heijnsbergen

Roger Mason (University of St Andrews): ‘Thomas Cargill, Justus Lipsius and the Tacitean Turn in Late 16th Century Scotland’

Nicola Royan (University of Nottingham): ‘Talking About His Generation: Sir David Lyndsay and Other Mid-Century Voices’

Francesca Pontini (University of Stirling): ‘Digraphism in George Buchanan’s Letters and Marginalia’

9b   Seals, matrices, and sealing practices: Recent Research at National Museums Scotland   (School V)

Chair: Steve Boardman

Alice Blackwell (National Museums Scotland): ‘Sealing practices in medieval Scotland’

Ella Paul (National Museums Scotland): ‘Sealing Practices in 16-17c Scotland’

Anna Groundwater (National Museums Scotland): ‘Sealing Royal Stewart Power’

1-2: lunch (Lower College Hall)

2-3.30:  free time

3.30-4: Refreshments (Lower College Hall)

4-5pm:            Session 10

10a  Showcasing the Edinburgh History of the Book, Vol. 1  (School I)

Chair: Emily Wingfield

Alastair Mann (University of Stirling) – ‘Edward Raban: soldier and printer of the North Sea’

Alexandra Plane (University of Newcastle/National Library of Scotland) – ‘The Library of King James VI’

Alessandra Petrina (University of Padua) – ‘The Circulation of Scottish Books in Europe’

10b  James VI/I: Textual Production and Identity    (School V)

Chair: Rod Lyall

Holly Riach (University of Leiden): ‘David and Goliath: Authorship and Religious Authority in the Manuscript Psalms of James VI’

Allison Steenson (University of Sussex): ‘The Scoto-British Writers of James VI and I: Text, Networks and Nation in Newly Created Great Britain’

5-7.30pm: Plenary 3 + reception (Parliament Hall, South St)

The plenary talk will begin at 5.25pm (to allow for the stroll to South St) and will be followed by a wine reception.

Sebastiaan Verweij (University of Bristol):  ‘Place and Poetry in Pre-Modern Scotland’

Chair: Alasdair A. MacDonald



Saturday 22 July

9.30-11am:     session 11     Household and Family

Chair: Kate McClune

R. J. Lyall (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): ‘”The nobill actis of his predecessouris put in writ”: The Early Modern Origins of Scottish Family History’

Roslyn Potter (University of Glasgow):  ‘Women’s Manuscripts and Domestic History in 17c Scotland’

Jade Scott (Independent Scholar): ‘Early Modern Scottish Women and Multilingual Epistolary Culture: A Reassessment’

11-11.30am  : refreshments (Lower College Hall)

11.30-1pm:     Session 12

12a      Masculinities and Misogyny   (School I)

Chair: Nicola Royan

Sarah Baechle (University of Mississippi): ‘Representational Capacity and Masculine (Non)Consent in the Scottish Pastourelles’

Katherine H. Terrell (Hamilton College): ‘“Misogynist Chaucer” or “all womanis frend”? Reevaluating Bannatyne’s Chaucer’

Ashley Brown (University of Glasgow): ‘Academic Masculinities at Andrew Melville’s St Andrews’

12b      Reading Emotions in Late Medieval and Early Modern Scotland: panel and discussion      (School V)

Elizabeth Elliott (Aberdeen); Joanna Martin (Nottingham);  Kate Ash-Irisarri (Edinburgh); [Kate Mathis (Edinburgh)]

What might a history of emotion(s) in Scotland look like? What research questions should we be asking? How might a more joined-up collaboration across Scotland’s languages result in more nuanced understandings of cultural production and interaction? Elizabeth Elliott will address queer desire in the Bannatyne Manuscript; Kate Mathis and Kate Ash-Irisarri will examine the emotions of grief across Gaelic and Older Scots; Joanna Martin’s talk considers the feelings of loneliness, drawing on her current research on hame.

1-2pm:     lunch (Lower College Hall)

2.00-3.30pm – Plenary 4    (School 1)

‘Editing the Pre-Modern Scottish Text: A Once and Future Discipline’

Ralph Hanna (University of Oxford) and Alasdair MacDonald (University of Groningen)

Chair: Rhiannon Purdie

Sponsored by the School of English

3.30-4pm: refreshments  (Lower College Hall)

4-5pm (at latest!):   School I:  Closing Remarks; ICMRSLLC business meeting (venues for future conferences, Scoticonference publication plans etc)

5-6pm:     free time

6-7pm:    Principal’s Reception (Upper College Hall)

** We are delighted to announce that both the Principal’s Reception and the Banquet will feature performances by Scottish harpist and composer Dr Karen Marshalsay **

Karen Marshalsay image

7-10pm:    CONFERENCE BANQUET (Lower College Hall)

Not ready to go home yet? The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society will be holding a ceilidh in Younger Hall (North St, a few 100 yards from Lower College Hall) which will carry on till ca. 10.30-11pm, and they have confirmed that Scoticonference delegates are welcome to crash it!