After a tumultuous and decidedly dull first six months as the Edinburgh Monthly, William Blackwood’s magazine underwent a thorough rebranding for its now-legendary October 1817 issue. On the 200th anniversary of what remains one of the boldest launches in British periodical history, we will return to the scene of Blackwood’s founding, assembling hoary-headed Blackwoodians and fledgling scholars alike for two days of debate about Maga’s highs and lows and its enduring legacies in literary, cultural, and political history.
Conference organizers and sponsors
Organizers: Nicholas Mason (Brigham Young U.) and Tom Mole (U. of Edinburgh)
Committee: David Finkelstein (U. of Edinburgh), Robert Irvine (U. of Edinburgh), Anthony Jarrells (U. of South Carolina), Jon Klancher (Carnegie-Mellon U.), David Latané (Virginia Commonwealth U.)
Sponsors: Centre for the History of the Book (U. of Edinburgh), Romantics Bicentennials series (Keats-Shelley Association of America), Studies in Scottish Literature
Mark Parker (James Madison U.) and Joanne Shattock (U. of Leicester)
All sessions will be held in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh. Accessibility information is available here.
Early-bird registration is available until 15 June, at a cost of £60.00 (waged)/£40.00 (student/unwaged). After 15 June, registration fees increase by £20. Registration covers two days of conference, including lunches and other refreshments. To register, click here.
Given the abundance and variety of accommodation available in Edinburgh, delegates are invited to make their own accommodation arrangements. The University of Edinburgh provides a wide range of accommodation options, which can be viewed here. Visit Scotland provides details of other accommodation options in the city here.
The conference will end with an optional dinner, costing £28 per person, which will be held on Tuesday evening at Blonde, a restaurant near our conference venue. The cost includes a three-course meal, with meat, fish, and vegetarian options available. Drinks can be purchased separately. You can sign up to attend the banquet and pay for the meal as part of the registration process.
Thanks to the generosity of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, the conference organisers have awarded two bursaries to support graduate students presenting papers. One bursary of $600 has been awarded to a student registered at a university in North America. One bursary of $400 has been awarded to a student registered at a university in the EU.
This conference has been made possible by the generous support of the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association of America, the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals and Studies in Scottish Literature.
The Blackwood's Bicentenary
The University of Edinburgh