IJBS Regional Day Conference

PRISONS AND PRISON WRITING IN EARLY MODERN BRITAIN

Northumbria University, Newcastle, Monday 10 April 2017

A Regional Day Conference of the International John Bunyan Society, organized in association with the University of Bedfordshire, Keele University, and Northumbria University

Plenary speakers include Dr Jerome de Groot, University of Manchester and Professor Molly Murray, Columbia University, New York.

CALL FOR PAPERS

John Bunyan is famous as a ‘prisoner of conscience’, and The Pilgrim’s Progress was written during his twelve-year incarceration in Bedford jail. The early modern period saw a dramatic increase in the prison population, and prison writing emerged as a major cultural form. The purpose of this interdisciplinary conference is to explore the experience of imprisonment and some of the diverse writings that emerged from prisons during the early modern period. Papers may focus on, for example, prisons and penal law; the physical conditions of prison life; the literary effects of imprisonment; the purposes of writings from prison; specific prison writers and writings. Please send a title and brief (200-word) summary of a 20-minute paper – no later than 1 February 2017 – to: David Walker (david5.walker@northumbria.ac.uk), Rachel Adcock (r.c.adcock@keele.ac.uk) and Bob Owens (bob.owens@beds.ac.uk).

To download a copy of the Call For Papers poster, click ijbs-northumbria-day-conference-2017-flier-nov-2016.

 

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2016 Richard L. Greaves Prize

The International John Bunyan Society is pleased to announce that on 9 July RyrieAlec Ryrie received the Richard L Greaves Award for his monograph Being Protestant in Reformation Britain (Oxford University press, 2013). The award was presented to Prof. Ryrie by the president of the selection committee, Neil Keeble, and committee members Cynthia Wall and Ann Hughes, at IJBS’s Triennial Conference in Aix-en-Provence.

The Richard L. Greaves Award is presented triennially by the International John Bunyan Society for an outstanding book on the history, literature, thought, practices, and legacy of English Protestantism to 1700.

An Honourable Mention went to Meredith Marie Neuman for her monograph, Jeremiah’s Scribes, Creating Sermon Literature in Puritan New England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013).

2016 issue of The Recorder

Nathalie Collé invites you to send your contributions to the 2016 issue of The Recorder, our newsletter, which will appear on our website in Spring.
 
You will find all the previous issues at https://johnbunyansociety.org/the-newsletter/past-issues/.
 
Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of possible submissions:    
  • Past and upcoming events (conferences, seminars, exhibitions, etc.)
  • Reports on special events
  • Calls for papers
  • Calls for contributions
  • Book reviews
  • Interviews
  • Dissertations, Theses and Post-Doctoral Research (announcements, abstracts, reports on, etc.)
  • Recent publications (yours or other researchers’)
  • Work in progress (yours or other researchers’)
  • Notes
  • Short articles
Please note that images of all type are welcome, and that Internet links can easily be included in the digital Recorder.
I thank you all in advance for your contributions, and look forward to seeing most of you in Aix-en-Provence next July.
Best wishes to you all,
Nathalie,
editor of The Recorder

2016 Richard L. Greaves Prize

The President of the 2016 Richard L. Greaves committee, Neil Keeble, with Cynthia Wall and Ann Hughes, have released the list of the five volumes shortlisted for the 2016 Richard L. Greaves Prize.
The IJBS wishes to congratulate the five nominees for their outstanding contributions to the field of early-modern Protestantism.
The winner will be announced at our next triennial conference in Aix-en-Provence (6-9 July 2016).
– Rachel Adcock, Baptist Women’s Writing in Revolutionary Culture, 1640-1680 (Ashgate, 2015)
– John Coffey, Exodus and Liberation: Deliverance Politics from John Calvin to Martin Luther King Jr (Oxford University Press, 2014)
– David Loewenstein, Treacherous Faith: The Specter of Heresy in Early Modern English Literature and Culture (Oxford University Press, 2013)
– Meredith Marie Neuman, Jeremiah’s Scribes: Creating Sermon Literature in Puritan New England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013)
– Alec Ryrie, Being Protestant in Reformation Britain (Oxford University Press, 2013)

A window onto John Bunyan

Until a few days ago, I wasn’t aware that the St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church, in central Cambridge (GB), held a fine set of Bunyan stained-glass windows just behind the pulpit and the organ. I’m very grateful to Dr Paul Scott for bringing them to my attention.

St Andrew's St Window

These windows are much less well-known than the examples at Bunyan Meeting, Bedford, or in Westminster Abbey (by Sir John Ninian Comper), but they belong with a surprisingly large group of 19th- and 20th-century windows around the world. The ones that have come to my notice include : Elstow Abbey Church and Bunyan Memorial Hall, Harlington Church (Bedfordshire), the Geneva McCartney Library (Pennsylvania, by Henry Lee Willett), Chigwell School (Essex, by Reginald Hallward), Tyndale Baptist Church (Bristol, by Arnold Wathen Robinson), Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Boston (by Frederic Crowninshield) and Allegheny Cemetery Mausoleum (Pittsburgh).

The St Andrew’s window in Cambridge is a First World War memorial, depicting in the lower panel Valiant-for-Truth, Christian losing his burden at the Cross and Faithful’s martyrdom, representing ‘Truth’, ‘Freedom’ and ‘Self Sacrifice’ respectively. The upper panel has four musician angels (including one with a guitar!) on both sides of the celestial city. If you happen to be in Cambridge, this is well worth a detour. The Church is located on St Andrew’s Street, the present building, in flint, dating from 1903, http://www.stasbaptist.org/

The examples above are taken at random from those that I have encountered. Does anybody know if there is a reliable inventory of Bunyan or Bunyan-inspired windows? It would be good to hear about the artists, the scenes most often depicted and the context in which they are used, including cemeteries and educational institutions as well as churches.

Something to ponder over the Christmas season!

Anne Page