March 31, 2006
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
MUW to host James Hogg Society Conference
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Scholars from the United
States, Great Britain, Canada and Australia will
attend the 12th annual James Hogg Society
Conference at Mississippi University for Women
The James Hogg Society was established in 1981
to promote the study of the Scottish writer.
This year’s theme is “Crossing Borders: James
Hogg and the Global Context of British
During the last conference held in Great
Britain, Dr. Thomas Richardson, dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences, volunteered MUW to
host the first Hogg Society conference in North
America. The conference is normally held every
other summer at a Hogg related site in Great
Richardson has attended and presented papers at
a half dozen Hogg Society conferences over
Sharon Alker of Whitman College, Holly Nelson of
Simon Fraser University and Richardson serve as
the North American liaisons for the Hogg
Society. They have worked to gather papers and
organize conference sessions for the event.
Approximately 25 conference participants are
Dr. Gillian Hughes, the current James Hogg AHRB
Research Fellow at the University of Stirling,
will present her paper “James Hogg and
Sociability.” The presentation will focus on
material from the letters of Hogg.
A reception and dinner will be held the opening
night of the conference at the Plymouth Bluff
Environmental Center. Conference participants
also will have the opportunity to attend
Pilgrimage events, tour Waverley Mansion and
dine with MUW President Claudia A. Limbert at
The conference is supported in part by the MUW
Foundation and the Southern Women’s Institute,
which is funded by a $496,000
congressionally-directed grant received through
the assistance of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. The
grant is administered through the U.S.
Department of Education.
More information about the James Hogg society
can be found on-line at
For more information about the conference,
please contact Richardson at (662) 329-7386.