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Making Imagined ObjectsThe 2nd International Alasdair Gray Conference

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