‘Religion and the Life-Cycle, 1500-1800‘
The Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English has announced that its first conference, ‘Religion and the Life-Cycle, 1500-1800‘ will take place on Friday 6 July 2018 at QMUL Mile End Campus with keynote lectures from Prof. Elaine Hobby and Dr. Adam Sutcliffe.
The Call for Papers is now open:
The Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English (QMCRLE) welcomes proposals for twenty minute papers on the theme ‘Religion and the Life Cycle, 1500-1800’ for a one-day interdisciplinary conference. They interpret the term ‘Life Cycle’ broadly, to include biological transition points such as birth and death, social transition points such as coming of age ritual, marital and employment status, life-stages such as childhood or adolescence, and indeed the passage of time and the process of aging. This conference seeks to explore institutional religious ceremonies and prescriptions relating to the life cycle, as well as more personal and informal religious beliefs and responses.
Suggested topics for papers include, but are not limited to:
- ‘Rites of passage’ ceremonies such as baptism, circumcision, confirmation
- Spiritual writing / personal writing / prayer which reflects upon Life-Cycle events
- Religious prescriptive literature relating to Life-Cycle events
- Representations of religious Life-Cycle processes within literature, art, or material culture
Professor Elaine Hobby (Loughborough): “We have an example in Scripture” (Jane Sharp, The Midwives Book): Women, Religion, and the Early Modern Life-Cycle
Dr Adam Sutcliffe (King’s College London): The Children of Israel and the Passage to Adulthood in Early Modern Europe
Please do consider submitting a paper. See this link for further information: https://religionandthelifecycleconference.wordpress.com/
NINTH TRIENNIAL CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL JOHN BUNYAN SOCIETY
14-17 August 2019
University of Alberta, Edmonton Canada
Networks of Dissent: Connecting and Communicating Across the Long Reformation
SAVE THE DATE!
This is an early preview of the next IJBS triennial conference in 2019. We warmly invite you to join us. Information on events, keynote speakers and registration information will become available as the next conference approaches.
Our theme can be broadly and flexibly imagined. We welcome your ideas on relevant topics, examples and areas. We will also welcome proposals for special panels.
Our theme is not exclusive. We will welcome papers on all aspects of Bunyan’s writings and early modern dissent. Papers from a variety of disciplines are welcome.
The University of Alberta’s Bruce Peel Special Collections Library has one of the largest rare Bunyan collections in the world, ranking with the British Library and the New York Public Library. An exhibition of rare books curated by Sylvia Brown will be a main feature of the conference. Your conference visit could include research time in our special collections library.
We plan to add cultural and recreational opportunities to our conference schedule. Edmonton is a great summertime city, featuring theatre and music festivals. Edmonton is also a gateway to Canada’s spectacular Rocky Mountains, making it an ideal prospect for combining conference and holiday time.
Download a copy of our preview flyer here.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
Organizing Committee: David Gay (University of Alberta firstname.lastname@example.org); Sylvia Brown (University of Alberta email@example.com); Arlette Zinck (The King’s University Arlette Zinck Arlette.Zinck@kingsu.ca)
On the afternoon of 18 March, Great Gransden Baptist Chapel in Cambridgeshire is hosting an afternoon conference dedicated to one of their most famous former members, Anne Dutton, the prolific 18th century Baptist poet, writer, and autobiographer.
Speakers include: Michael Haykin on ‘The Life of Anne Dutton in the Context of 18th’ and David Gay on ‘Anne Dutton’s Spiritual Relevance for 21st Century’.
For more information download the conference flier here: anne-dutton-conference-flier.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Rachel Adcock (email@example.com) and Bob Owens (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To download a copy of the Call For Papers poster, click ijbs-northumbria-day-conference-2017-flier-nov-2016.
The International John Bunyan Society is pleased to announce that on 9 July Alec 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).
The organizing committee is pleased to release the definitive programme of the Triennial Conference that will take place 6-9 July 2016 in Aix-en-Provence.
To view the programme, click here.
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.
Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of possible submissions:
- Past and upcoming events (conferences, seminars, exhibitions, etc.)
- Reports on special events
- Dissertations, Theses and Post-Doctoral Research (announcements, abstracts, reports on, etc.)
- Recent publications (yours or other researchers’)
- Work in progress (yours or other researchers’)
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,
editor of The Recorder
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)
If you wish to oppose plans to build a 44m-high tower block directly adjacent to Bunhill Fields Bury ground, please read the following letter addressed to the IJBS by Islington Council and send your correspondence to the postal or email address given at the end of the document, before 8 February 2016.
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.
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!