A One-Day Research Workshop, Saturday 12th September, University of Glasgow
Location: School of Critical Studies, Room 202, 4 University Gardens
Conveners: Prof Nigel Leask (University of Glasgow) and Dr Mary-Ann Constantine (CAWCS, University of Wales, Aberystwyth)
Registration for non-speakers £10 (£5 concessions)
You can register at the workshop, but space is limited, so please contact Alex Deans firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to attend.
The Workshop is Part of the four year AHRC-funded research project Curious Travellers: Thomas Pennant and the Welsh and Scottish Tour, 1760-1820 email@example.com based jointly in CAWCS, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and the School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow.
By the time of his Scottish (1769 and 1772) and Welsh (1773) tours, Thomas Pennant was known as a naturalist and the author of British Zoology (1761-66) and Synopsis of Quadrupeds (1771). He had also established a national and international network of learned correspondents, including Sir Joseph Banks, Karl Linnaeus, Peter Simon Pallas, Gronovius, Gilbert White of Selbourne, and Richard Gough. Pennant’s tours are representative of his omnivorous style and interdisciplinary range: he was a renowned antiquarian and a competent historian, art critic and agriculturalist as well as a naturalist. Perhaps for this reason, although frequently cited as witness or authority in other studies, especially on the natural and social history of Scotland and Wales, his texts have rarely been addressed in their own right. Pennant’s ambition was to combine the personal authority of the informed traveller’s eye with the encyclopaedic protocols of enlightenment knowledge making, and his correspondence reveals the extent to which his travel books were based on a laborious process of data collection both ‘in the field’, and at his Flintshire home at Downing. Pennant was also the first domestic traveller to provide extensive visual documentation of his tours, commissioning (or offering patronage) to artists like Paul Sandby, Charles Cordiner, and most famously, his ‘servant artist’ Moses Griffith. The workshop will address Pennant’s Enlightenment networks, with a special focus on natural history and antiquarianism, topographical drawing, and epistolary culture.
Tea/Coffee and Registration, Room 202, 4 University Gardens
10 – 10.15 am
Welcome and Introduction (Nigel Leask and Mary-Ann Constantine)
10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Session 1: Topography and Visual Culture
Murdo Macdonald, ‘Pennant and Charles Cordiner’
John Bonehill, Views of the estate in Thomas Pennant’s Tour of Scotland: picturing ‘His Lordship’s policy’
Ailsa Hutton, ‘Pennant and Moses Griffith’
12.30 – 1.30 pm
1.30 – 3.00 pm
Session 2: Cultures of Epistolarity
Miranda Lewis, ‘Early Modern Letters Online: Networking the Republic of Letters’
Alex Deans, Mark Herraghty, Ffion Mair Jones (Project RAs), ‘Editing Pennant’s Correspondence on the Curious Travellers Project’
3.00 – 3.30 pm
3.30 – 5.30 pm
Session 3: Natural History and Antiquities
Dominik Huenniger, ‘Collections, Fish Markets, and Mines: Johann Christian Fabricius’ Travels and the Making of Natural History’
Andrew Prescott, ‘The British Networks of Grímur Jónsson Thorkelín’
Donald William Stewart, ‘Pennant and Rev. Donald MacQueen of Kilmuir’
Dinner for Speakers
Dr John Bonehill is Lecturer in the History of Art in the School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow. John.Bonehill@glasgow.ac.uk
Dr Mary-Ann Constantine is Senior Fellow in the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, University of Wales, and PI of Curious Travellers.
Dr Alex Deans is RA on Curious Travellers based in the School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Herraghty is RA and Web Developer on the Curious Travellers Project, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow. Mark.email@example.com
Dr Dominik Huenniger is Managing Director of the Lichtenberg-Kolleg – the Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences. He was Hunterian Fellow at the University of Glasgow 2015. Dominik.Huenniger@glasgow.ac.uk
Ailsa Hutton is a final year Ph.D. student in History of Art at the University of Glasgow. firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof Nigel Leask is Regius Chair of English Language and Literature, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow, and CI of Curious Travellers.
Miranda Lewis is Digital Editor on the Early Modern Letters Online (EMLO) project, University of Oxford. email@example.com
Prof Murdo Macdonald is Chair of History of Scottish Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Ffion Mair Jones is RA on ‘Curious Travellers’ Project based in CAWCS, University of Wales. email@example.com
Prof Andrew Prescott is Chair of Digital Humanities, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow. Andrew.Prescott@glasgow.ac.uk
Dr Donald William Stewart is Senior Lecturer at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (University of the Highlands and Islands). firstname.lastname@example.org
The Curious Travellers team will be discussing their work on dedicated conference panels in Cardiff (British Association for Romantic Studies, 16-19 July) and Aberystwyth (Travel and Minority Cultures Conference, 14-15 September).
Download the abstracts:
Ossian and the Highland Tour, 1760-1803
Speaker: Nigel Leask.
Regius Char of English Language and Literature, University of Glasgow
Lecture given at the Nicholson Centre for British Studies, University of Chicago, on 30th April, 2015
21 November 2014: ‘Curious Travellers: into darkest Ceredigion in the eighteenth century’ An evening of talks and discussion with Dr Mary-Ann Constantine, Michael Freeman (former curator of Ceredigion museum) and author Mike Parker. Part of the Maps and Makers series.
10 November 2014: ‘Thomas Pennant’s Scottish Tours: Travel, Knowledge Networks, and National Description’. Lecture given by Professor Nigel Leask at the University of California, Berkeley.
19 October 2014: The Scenic Route: A guided walk, with readings, exploring the much-visited C18th tourist destination of Hafod, with best-selling author Mike ‘Map Addict’ Parker & Dr Mary-Ann Constantine. Part of Maps and Makers, a series of cross-disciplinary creative and artistic responses to maps of mid-Wales.
19 September 2014: Classical Celtic: Wales and Scotland in Mediterranean Light
A day-conference exploring the influence of Greece and Rome on travellers to Romantic-era Wales and Scotland. Jointly organized by the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies and the National Museum of Wales, to coincide with a major international exhibition of paintings by the artist Richard Wilson (1714-1782). Download the Classical Celtic Programme Final.