For the first time in 30 years, delegates for the International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Scottish Literature and Language will convene in the U.S. The University of Alabama is thrilled to welcome this group to our beautiful campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Tuscaloosa has a rich and varied history. The city’s name, which means “black warrior,” derives from the Mississippian Chief Tuskaloosa, who battled the Spanish explorer de Soto in the 16th century. It was the site of Alabama’s capital from 1826 to 1846. It’s also been the home of The University of Alabama since 1831 and, since 1876, of Stillman College, a Historically Black College established by the First Presbyterian Church. Known as “Druid City” because of the water oaks planted downtown since the 19th century, Tuscaloosa sits on the banks of the meandering, working waterway, the Black Warrior River.
Conference events will take place in the Bryant Conference Center on UA’s campus, and the main conference hotel is only steps away. Special events include an opening reception overlooking the Black Warrior River with jazz music by the Voodoo Saints; a variety of Southern fare for lunch every day; an excursion to the Native American site at Moundville Archaeological Park; an alternative tour of campus focusing on the experiences of enslaved peoples; and an evening of Scottish music at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Tuscaloosa.
You will find plenty of information about the conference on this site, as well as ideas for travel around the region. If you have any questions, please let us know.
Can’t wait to see y’all!