Call for Papers: deadline 31 August 2009

Thomas Reid From His Time To Ours

Sun 21 – Tue 23 March 2010: University of Aberdeen
Wed 24 – Fri 26 March 2010: University of Glasgow

About the event

In March 2010 a week-long event in recognition of Thomas Reid will be held at the two universities where he taught: the University of Aberdeen, and the University of Glasgow

The conference will be devoted to all aspects of Reid’s work and its context.

An event jointly organised by:
RIISS (Aberdeen)
Primary Co-ordinator: Professor Cairns Craig
Department of History (Glasgow)
Primary Co-ordinator: Professor Alexander Broadie

Call for papers

Thomas Reid (1710-96) taught at King’s College, Aberdeen, and at Glasgow University. To celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of his birth the universities of Aberdeen and Glasgow are jointly hosting a major international conference on his work, its contemporary relevance and its historical influence. Plenary speakers include James Harris, Laurent Jaffro, Paul Wood and Galen Strawson.

Papers are invited on any aspect of Reid’s thought in terms of its historical or its contemporary relevance, its relationship with his contemporaries in the Scottish Englightenment, and on any aspect of his influence on philosophical thinking in Britain, Europe, North America or any other part of the world where he has been studied.

We would happily welcome proposals regarding Reid-in-scientist-mode.

Proposals (of not more than 500 words) for papers (which will be of 20 minutes in length) should be submitted to:

Professor Alexander Broadie: [email protected]
Professor Cairns Craig: [email protected]

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2009

Arrangements are being made for the conference proceedings to be published.

Management Committee
* Alexander Broadie (University of Glasgow)
* Rebecca Copenhaver (Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon)
* Cairns Craig (University of Aberdeen)
* Knud Haakonssen (University of Sussex)
* M.A. Stewart (University of Aberdeen)
* Paul Wood (Victoria University, BC)

Plenary speakers include:

James Harris (University of St Andrews)
Laurent Jaffro (Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand)
Paul Wood (University of Victoria, BC)
Galen Strawson (University of Reading)

Outline of Proposed Programme

Sunday 21 March
* Opening Plenary Session, King’s College, Aberdeen
Monday – Tuesday 22 – 23 March
* Concurrent and Plenary Sessions
Wednesday 24 March am
* Delegates travel to Glasgow for second half of the event
Wednesday 24 March pm
* Opening Plenary Session, University of Glasgow
Thursday 25 March
* Concurrent and Plenary sessions
Friday 26 March
* Concurrent and Plenary sessions, and close


Registration will open during 2009

Fees (figures for accommodation are currently approximate and will be confirmed before registration opens):

Standard registration fee £150

Registration fee for Students / Unwaged £100

Accommodation per night £60 (approx)
Conference Dinner Aberdeen £40
Conference Dinner Glasgow £40

Some travel grants will be available for students / unwaged (details forthcoming)

Please email [email protected] to register your interest in attending and receive news updates.


Primary Co-ordinators
Professor Cairns Craig (University of Aberdeen) [email protected]
Professor Alexander Broadie (University of Glasgow) [email protected]

Administrative Co-ordinator
Jon Cameron (University of Aberdeen) [email protected]

Conference website