The 10th Triennial Conference of the International John Bunyan Society
Northumbria University, Newcastle (UK) 7–9 July 2022
CALL FOR PAPERS
Plenary Speakers: Marie-Louise Coolahan (NUI Galway), Crawford Gribben (Queen’s University Belfast), Johanna Harris (Exeter), Nicholas Seager (Keele)
‘Reading Dissent’ is a major multi-disciplinary and international conference which seeks to investigate the multifarious ways reading proved vital, or potentially fatal, to the everyday lives of Puritans, Dissenters and/or Nonconformists, both to themselves, their households, wider communities and churches during the Long Reformation, 1500-1800.
POSSIBLE TOPICS INCLUDE:
- Tracing manuscript readers (marginalia/interlining/erasing/re-copying/editing).
- The buying, circulating & borrowing of prescribed/proscribed religious texts.
- Dissenting academies/libraries (their sponsors/users/legacies).
- Seditious reading (controversies/plots/debates/apologetics).
- Communal reading (at conventicles/homes/prisons/chapels).
- Ungodly reading (jestbooks/playbooks/romances/foreign histories/lewd poetry).
- Reading the ministry (through clerical ‘lives’/diaries/church & court books/parish registers/wills).
- Cross-confessional readers (of prayers/psalters/meditations/catechisms/devotional manuals).
Modest travel bursaries (on request via e-mail) are available for postgraduate students whose papers are accepted. Selected papers will form a special issue in the Society’s peer-reviewed journal: Bunyan Studies: The Journal of Reformation and Nonconformist Culture.
Please send a biography (100 words), along with a CV, title and brief abstract (250-words) of a 20-minute paper, or for panels (3 x 20 minute papers) – no later than 15 September 2021 – to Robert W. Daniel: IJBSSecretary@outlook.com.