Past Triennial Conferences (1995-2019)


Past Triennial Conferences of IJBS (1995-2019)

2019 — ‘Networks of Dissent: Connecting and Communicating Across the Long Reformation’ (ALBERTA, CANADA) 

The Ninth Triennial Conference convened 14-16 August 2019 at the University of Alberta, under the direction of David Gay. Plenary speakers were: Kathleen Lynch (Folger Shakespeare Library), Feisal Mohamed (Graduate Centre CUNY), Ariel Hessayon (Goldsmith’s, University of London) and Alison Chapman (University of Alabama, Birmingham). Download the full programme here. Included visits to the Royal Alberta Museum, Fringe Theatre Festival, Bunyan Exhibition in the Bruce Peel Special Collections and a dramatic public re-enactment of Bunyan’s court case and appeal at the Anglican Parish of Christ Church.

2016 — ‘Voicing Dissent in the Long Reformation’ (AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE)

The Eighth Triennial Conference convened 6-9 July 2016 at Aix-Marseille University, under the direction of Anne Page. Plenary speakers were: Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge), Helen Wilcox (Bangor), Andrew Spicer (Oxford Brookes) and Alec Ryrie (Durham). Download the full programme here. Included a visit to Montmajour Abbey, Arles, and a reception at the town hall hosted by the Lord Mayor, Hervé Schiavetti.

2013 — ‘Conscience, Liberty and Justice’ (PRINCETON, USA)

The Seventh Triennial Conference convened 12-16 August at Princeton University, New Jersey, under the direction of Nigel Smith. Plenary speakers were: N. H. Keeble (University of Stirling), Laura Knoppers (Penn. State University), Paul C. H. Lim (Vanderbilt University) and Cynthia Wall (University of Virginia). Download the programme here. Dowload the abstracts here. Included a visit to the Library Company of Philadelphia, ‘America’s oldest cultural institution’, and a talk by its director, James N. Green, about the reading of Bunyan in 18th-America and Bunyan’s influence on Franklin.

2010 — ‘Bunyan and the Dissenting Tradition’ (KEELE, UK)

The Sixth Triennial Conference convened July 26-28 at Keele University, Staffordshire England, under the direction of Roger Pooley. Plenary speakers were: Isabel Rivers (Queen Mary, University of London), John Coffey (University of Leicester) and Lori Branch (University of Iowa). Download the programme here.

2007 — ‘Early Modern Religion and Literature in Old and New England’ (DARTMOUTH, USA)

The Fifth Triennial Conference convened August 15-19 at Dartmouth College, Hanover New Hampshire, under the direction of Tom Luxon. Plenary speakers were Paul Stevens (Toronto), Nigel Smith (Princeton), Julie Crawford (Columbia), Elizabeth Sauer (Brock), and W. R. Owens (Open University). Visit the conference website and download the programme here.

2004 — ‘John Bunyan: Texts, Contexts, Reception’ (BEDFORD, UK)

The Fourth Triennial Conference convened September 1-5, at De Montfort University in Bedford, England under the direction of W. R. Owens of the Open University, in partnership with Adrian Randall of De Monfort University. Plenary speakers were Isabel Hofmeyr, Vincent Newey, Tom Paulin, Vera Camden, and Gary Day. The conference program included opportunities to visit historic sites connected to Bunyan, inlcuding the Bunyan Meeting Free Church, Elstow Abbey, and the village of Stevenage. Download the programme here. Download a review of the conference by Michael Davies here.

2001 —  ‘Gender, Print and Bunyan’s Legacy’ (KENT STATE, OHIO, USA)

The Third Triennial Conference convened October 10-14, at Kent State University, Ohio, under the direction of Vera Camden. Plenary speakers were Sharon Achinstein, Margaret Ezell, Thomas Luxon, David Norbrook, Peter Rudnytsky and Nigel Smith. Download the programme here. Download here a review of the conference by David Gay in Bunyan Studies 10 (2001-2002).

1998 — ‘The Holy War: Ideology, Culture and Dissent in Bunyan’s England’ (STIRLING, SCOTLAND)

The Second Triennial Conference convened 31 August- 4 September, at the University of Stirling, Scotland under the direction of N. H. Keeble. Plenary Speakers were Thomas Corns, Nigel Smith, William Lamont and Elaine Hobby. Download the programme here.

1995 — Tradition and Revolution: Politics, Literature, and Theology in John Bunyan’s England’ (ALBERTA, CANADA)

The Inaugural Triennial Conference of the International John Bunyan Society convened 29 September-1 October 1995 in Banff, Alberta, under the direction of organizers from the University of Alberta. Plenary speakers were John Knott, Richard L. Greaves and N. H. Keeble. Download the programme here.