Eighth International Scott ConferenceAt the end of July, Oxford Brookes hosted the Eighth International Scott Conference (sponsored by the British Academy), bringing together around 60 academics from ten countries and five language groups.
The main conference theme was 'Scott and Real History' but other interdisciplinary angles were also explored including publishing, tourism and the fine arts. The plenary speakers were Ian Duncan (California) Ina Ferris (Ottowa), Peter Garside (Cardiff and Edinburgh) and Nancy Goslee (Tennessee). As well as the plenaries and over forty panel papers, there was a ground-breaking presentation of manuscript studies in Scott and Austen and a workshop on teaching Scott with or without a range of interdisciplinary considerations. The delegate response to the academic side of the conference and the beauties of Headington Hill Hall and its grounds was overwhelmingly enthusiastic; we are the university in Oxford that lets you walk on the grass!
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