Locating James Hogg



The next meeting of the biennial James Hogg Society Conference will take place at the University of Stirling, from 19-21 July 2017.

The conference is organised by the James Hogg team based at Stirling: Suzanne Gilbert, Adrian Hunter, Barbara Leonardi, and Duncan Hotchkiss.

The theme, which is meant to be taken broadly, is ‘Locating James Hogg’.

To ‘locate’ means to establish, place, or situate, but also to discover, to settle, and to orient. Where, when, and how do we ‘locate’ James Hogg, be it culturally, politically, linguistically, geographically, or in respect of period, genre, or style? How do we position Hogg’s writing and reputation in current and historical debates about nation, tradition and identity, or within the work of other writers, past and present? What does his restless preoccupation with matters of origin, tradition and locality reveal about our own situatedness (or lack of it) as readers and critics today?

Proposals for 20-minute papers and 90-minute panels are invited: please note that the deadline has been extended to 31 March.

Abstracts of 300 words should be sent to


General Information

The conference runs from Wednesday 19th July until Friday 21st July 2017. Registration takes place from 4pm on the 19th, and will be followed by a drinks and buffet reception, and the welcome address. The reception will also mark the official opening of a major exhibition of Hogg’s life and work being staged this summer at the University of Stirling. There will be two days of panels and papers, on the Thursday and Friday, followed by a tour of medieval Stirling and a conference dinner on the Friday evening.

High quality en-suite accommodation is available on campus, in a newly refurbished visitor facility. (On request, the conference organisers can also supply details of local hotels and guest houses.)

The University of Stirling is a self-contained campus university, situated between the attractive spa town of Bridge of Allan and the historic city of Stirling. It is within easy reach of Glasgow and Edinburgh international airports, and is connected by train and bus services to all parts of Scotland the UK.