Symposium

Symposium

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May 19th 2014

Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery

10:00-16:45

This symposium on Georgian Glasgow addressed Glasgow’s diversity in the age of the Scottish Enlightenment. It was linked with the major exhibition to be held in Kelvingrove, How Glasgow Flourished - showcasing Glasgow’s cultural and social history. 2014 marks the tercentenary of the beginning of the Georgian era; the hosting of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow; and the Scottish Independence Referendum. The aim of this symposium was to re-emphasise Glasgow’s role in the Scottish Enlightenment, to serve as a platform for open discussions on the literary and cultural diversity in the era, and to challenge the most commonplace representations of Glasgow as a solely industrial city.

Keynote speaker: Prof. Alexander Broadie

Themes included: the Scottish Enlightenment; slavery; print culture; societies and clubs; objects & legacy.