The Society for Emblem Studies

GBI-SES Meeting 2015


Henry Heaney Room, Library, Hillhead Street, University of Glasgow
2-4 September 2015



The Great Britain and Ireland Branch of the Society for Emblem studies, in association with the Stirling Maxwell Centre, is holding a 2-day conference, which will include a Round Table on the recent important acquisitions to the Stirling Maxwell Collection in the University Library from the Yates Thompson and Bright sale.

The programme is now available:



Papers will include:

Michael Bath (University of Glasgow) : Political Placards in Edinburgh—Mary and Bothwell as the Mermaid and the Hare

Paulette Choné (University of Dijon) : The Bad Servant and the Bad Master—the work of the negative in domestic, court and political spheres

Laurence Grove (University of Glasgow) : Archie Gilkison—The Wilfred Owen of Cartooning

Malcolm Jones (Sheffield University, retired) : Eins mals sah ich an einer wandt/ Ein bildwerck, das ich nicht verstand—the Evolution  of an Emblem that puzzled Hans Sachs

Andrea Kirkham (Independent Scholar) : Two Domestic Interiors: emblems in context at Framsden and Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Simon McKeown (Marlborough College) : Everyday Piety in some Swedish Emblematic Paintings

Gabriele Quaranta (Sapienza University of Rome) : The Emblematic Education of a French Young Gentleman—Denis II Godefroy visiting Liancourt and Bois le Vicomte in 1638

Alison Saunders (University of Aberdeen) : How ‘everyday’ are Emblems? The Case of Early French Emblematic Writings

Gilly Wraight (University of Oxford) : Inception, Birth, and the Maturity of Emblems—Hypnerotomachia Poliphili to Shaun the Sheep


There will be an exhibition of emblem books from the Stirling Maxwell Collection which delegates may visit on the evening of 2nd September (during Registration).

On the excursion (Thursday afternoon, 3rd September), delegates will visit the delightful Royal Burgh of Culross in Fife and have a chance to view the emblematic ceiling in the Palace there, as well as explore the gardens, Abbey etc. For further details, click here.

NB Entrance is free to members of the National Trust for Scotland  and of the National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. PLEASE BRING YOUR CARD. For non-members, entrance is £10.50 (Concessions £7.50).

 Accommodation: There are plenty of hotels in the West End of Glasgow which are convenient for the Library where the conference will be held, for local shops and restaurants, and for the Botanic Gardens. The University regularly uses the modestly priced Heritage Hotel in a terrace off Great Western Road, and, a little further afield, the Kirklee Hotel in Kensington Gate. The Hilton Grosvenor is also convenient if you feel like going up-market!



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