Conference Season

It’s the middle of conference season, at least for me.  While the book continues to occupy most of my time, I’ve also been busy with a few papers which I hope might be interesting and indicative of some of the new directions in which my research has been moving.  If you’re there anyway, you might enjoy:

Towards a Theoretical Model of the Epigraphic Landscape

XI James Lumsden 1

Thursday, 12 July, 9-9.50am, 11th Celtic Conference in Classics, University of St Andrews.

This will be my first attempt to fully explain some of the methodological and theoretical approaches I’ve been developing for the study of early modern carved stones and I’ll be using the wonderful (bizarre?) object in the picture above as a case study.  If you feel strangely exhilarated by post-processual archaeology, then this will be a paper not to be missed.

The Origins of Engraving in Scotland

Stewart Bookplate Image

Wednesday, 18 July, 11-12.30am, Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society Conference, University of Glasgow.

In retrospect, I should probably have gone with a paper that spoke more directly to my new book, but I couldn’t resist talking a little about the sudden and unexplained flowering of the art of engraving in Scotland around the year 1700.  Later that day I’ll also be at the Stirling Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies gin tasting (!) in Glasgow University Library, for which I would heartily encourage you to reserve a ticket if you’ve not yet done so.  Nothing says “eighteenth century” like gin . . . .

New Light on Old Stones: Reassessing the Post-Reformation Funeral Monuments in St Andrews Cathedral

Screen Shot 2018-07-05 at 16.38.05

Saturday, 18 August, 3-4pm (tentatively), Medieval and Early Modern St Andrews: A One-Day Conference, University of St Andrews.

I’m extremely pleased to be consulting for Historic Environment Scotland on the post-Reformation carved stones in St Andrews Cathedral and as part of that larger project I’ll be talking about my initial findings at this conference.  The corpus of carved stones in the cathedral is outstanding and reveals some exciting connections between the East of Fife and the wider world.

If you happen to be at any of these, please do say hello!  Only ask me about the book at the last one, though . . . .

Copyright © 2018 Kelsey Jackson Williams

Future of Early Modern Scottish Studies Conference Registration is OPEN


George Jamesone wants to see you in St Andrews this January!

I’m very pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Future of Early Modern Scottish Studies conference and can be accessed via the University of St Andrews’s online shop.  At only £20 for two days, a wine reception, and the conference dinner – thanks to the School of History and the Institute for Scottish Historical Research – it’s an absolute steal and I strongly encourage anyone interested in early modern Scotland to come along.

Just as a reminder, the conference will take place 13-14 January 2017 at the University of St Andrews and more details can be found here.

Copyright © 2016 Kelsey Jackson Williams

Future of Early Modern Scottish Studies


George Jamesone, Self-Portrait (c.1642), National Galleries of Scotland.

It’s now only a few months until the Future of Early Modern Scottish Studies conference, which will be held at the University of St Andrews, 13-14 January 2017.  As one of the co-organisers, I’m immensely pleased with the responses we’ve had to our call for papers.  At present we have speakers from both sides of the Atlantic, including everyone from graduate students to professors, and topics ranging from escaped slaves to the paintings of George Jamesone. While the call for papers has now ended, registration will open very soon and I’d strongly encourage anyone with an interest in early modern Scotland to come along for what promises to be a fantastic, invigorating two days of discussion.

For more information about the conference see the website here or tweet to @emscots.

Copyright © 2016 Kelsey Jackson Williams