The Legacy of James Macpherson and his Ossianic Publications
Apr 18, 2015 09:00 AM
Apr 19, 2015 05:00 PM
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This year is the 250th anniversary of the publication of the first collected edition of James Macpherson’s Works of Ossian. Kingussie Heritage Festival and the University of the Highlands and Islands are marking the occasion with a two-day conference. The conference will take place in Kingussie, in Macpherson’s native Badenoch, on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 April 2015.
Macpherson grew up in nearby Invertromie and built ‘Balavil’, the Adam-designed mansion near Kingussie. Over the weekend in April, the confernce will explore Macpherson’s legacy - from his early poetry and the Ossianic poems to his political involvement both at home and in the Empire. Alongside keynote talks by Dr Howard Gaskill (Edinburgh) and Professor Calum Colvin (Dundee), the conference will feature an excursion to Balavil and the Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore, as well as a hands-on workshop exploring first editions of Macpherson’s works.
The ‘call for papers’ has attracted academics from Scotland and the rest of the UK, Ireland, Greece, Iceland and Canada. The organisers are looking forward to hearing discussions on topics ranging from Ossian and Irish/ Balkan/ Gaelic literature, music, art, translation theory, Northerness, literary tourism, as well as papers on Macpherson’s adventures in America and in his native Badenoch.
The website will be updated regularly and contains a link which allows you to register for the conference.
The conference is being supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Kingussie Heritage Festival, the University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness College UHI and Highlife Highland. The Carnegie Corporation of New York is a philanthropic foundation created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to do “real and permanent good in this world.”