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World Congress of Scottish Literatures 2024

The fourth World Congress of Scottish Literatures will be hosted by the School of English at the University of Nottingham, from Wednesday 3rd to Sunday 7th July 2024.

Both the School of English and the city of Nottingham enjoy a richly interlinked history with Scotland and Scottish writing. The School has particular specialist research in Older Scots, Romanticism, literary Modernism, and in the contemporary. Nottingham and its Midlands environs recur in the writing of Walter Scott; Byron’s ancestral home of Newstead Abbey lies just north of the city; J. M. Barrie earned a living writing for the Nottingham Journal; and the University holds the papers of Catherine Carswell. We even make an appearance in Trainspotting.

We hope that the Congress will be an opportunity to continue the mission of the International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures, to bring together scholars from all over the world situate Scotland in a global and transnational scope.
Hosting the Congress south of the border also offers us an opportunity to revisit the historical relationship between England and Scotland, and the effect that collaboration has had on the world. Nottingham, meanwhile, is indelibly marked by an outlaw imagination, and we are looking forward to a Congress held in that spirit.


*WCSL24 has a Bursary Scheme for Postgraduate Research and Early Careers Researchers - find out more*


  • Wednesday 3 July: arrival, Public Lecture, welcome dinner
  • Thursday 4 July: full programme, reception and BBQ
  • Friday 5 July: full programme, conference dinner and ceilidh
  • Saturday 6 July: full programme, late afternoon departure
  • Sunday 7 July: optional excursion to Newstead Abbey, former ancestral home of Lord Bryon 

Public Lecture

Invited Plenary Speakers

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Questions about the Congress can be sent to the Organising Committee at Nottingham:

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