MAKING IMAGINED OBJECTS: The 2nd International Alasdair Gray Conference, Across Space And Form – An Introduction

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MAKING IMAGINED OBJECTS – ACROSS SPACE AND FORM: THE 2nd INTERNATIONAL ALASDAIR GRAY CONFERENCE

This is going to be a two-day, interdisciplinary gathering held in Glasgow in the summer of 2022. The theme is ‘Across Space & Form’. Here is Rodge’s introductory statement from the website set up for the conference on the University of Strathclyde website – https://www.strath.ac.uk/humanities/schoolofhumanities/english/makingimaginedobjectsthe2ndinternationalalasdairgrayconference/

The University of Strathclyde, the University of Glasgow and the Alasdair Gray Archive, in partnership with the Glasgow School of Art, the University of Western Brittany (HCTI), Aix-Marseille Unversite (LERMA), Edge Hill University, the University of Lausanne and the Tannahill Fund for the Furtherance of Scottish Literature, are pleased to invite you to the 2nd International Alasdair Gray Conference. The conference will take place from 16th to 17th of June 2022 at the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow.

This two-day interdisciplinary conference will examine the nature, value and legacy of Alasdair Gray’s artistic output, considering his literary work and his visual practice, and the relationship between the two in Gray’s oeuvre. The conference is entitled “Making Imagined Objects” in tribute to Gray’s own repeated and modest claim that he was a “maker of imagined objects”.

This is the second International Alasdair Gray Conference. The first one, convened by Professor Camille Manfredi, took place in Brest in 2012 and resulted in the critical book, Alasdair Gray: Ink for Worlds (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), which Gray himself contributed to. This second Alasdair Gray Conference, with some of the same organisers involved, intends to be its continuation a decade later, expanding towards an even greater validation of Alasdair Gray’s plurality of forms.

We look forward to welcoming you to Glasgow, a profoundly Alasdair Gray city.

Dr Rodge Glass
Chair of the Conference Committee

You can register for the conference here.

You can find the Call for Papers here.

Cowcaddens in the Fifties, by Alasdair Gray, 1964

WHO IS THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE?

Convener:
Dr. Rodge Glass, Reader in Creative Writing, Edge Hill University

Co-Organizers:
Sorcha Dallas, of the Alasdair Gray’s ArchiveDr. Laura Eastlake, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Edge Hill University
Prof. Marie-Odile Hedon, Professeur de Litterature Britannique Contemporaine, Aix-Marsielle Universite, France
Dr. Andrew McInnes, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Edge Hill University

Prof. Camille Manfredi, Professeur de Littérature Ecossaise University of Nantes, France
Petra Pugar, Doctoral Researcher, University of Zagreb, Croatia (Research Network Co-Ordinator)

Prof. Alan Riach, Professor of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow

Prof. Kirsten Stirling, Associate Professor in English, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

If you or your institution would like to be involved, please get in touch with me direct at r.glass@strath.ac.uk for the latest. The Twitter account for the project is @ImaginedMaking, Rodge’s own personal Twitter account is @rodgeglass.

MAKING IMAGINED OBJECTS: Committee Members

Clockwise from Top Left: Sorcha Dallas (AG’s art agent), Prof. Marie-Odile Hedon (University of Aix-Marseille), Petra Pugar (University of Zagreb, Croatia), Prof. Camille Manfredi (University of Nantes), Prof. Alan Riach (University of Glasgow)

WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO DO WITH ALASDAIR GRAY, RODGE?

‘Alasdair is important to me. As a student, Gray was my tutor while I was working on what eventually became my first novel, No Fireworks (Faber, 2005). Then I became his secretary, working with him on multiple projects over several years. This was my education as a writer. I saw at first hand how Gray worked, something I then documented in Alasdair Gray: A Secretary’s Biography (Bloomsbury, 2008), an unorthodox book which was part-traditional walk through the life and works, part-multi-portrait of the artist as an old man. This was unashamedly subjective, but interrogative too. The book won a Somerset Maugham Award for Non-Fiction in 2009, after which I returned mostly to writing fiction, though I’ve continued to publish chapters and articles on Gray since. In 2012 I attended the 1st International Alasdair Gray Conference at the University of Brest, France, organized by Camille Manfredi. A book followed, Alasdair Gray: Ink for Worlds (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), and several of us involved in that book discussed pursuing a follow-up conference one day. Five years later, here we are. In the interim, things have changed. The conference could have happened anywhere, but given how visible Gray’s work is in the landscape of the city he has spent his life documenting, it makes sense to host this conference in Glasgow. So let’s make it happen.’

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