HONEST LABOUR: EXPORING THE INTERFACE BETWEEN WORK AND NONCONFORMITY
We are delighted to announce the CFP for the 2019 Day Conference of the IJBS that will take place this year at Loughborough University on Friday 5 April 2019.
This one-day conference looks to produce discussion of the varied ways that work impacted on the lives and writings of early modern Nonconformists and, in turn, on their spiritual practices. It will consider not only paid work or income-generating activities, but also necessarily the ministry and acts of church charity as forms of work. How does a knowledge of an individual’s employment inform how we respond to their religious writings and practices? What is the relationship between labour and faith? How is collective welfare interpreted? Papers may focus on, for example, character studies of honest labourers, or their counterpart, the slothful; working practices and living conditions of Nonconformists and their families, including in prison; pastoralism and charity – the church’s duty of care as depicted inNonconformist writings; mobility and/or displacement; urbanisation and otherchanges to traditional or rural practices; work and Calvinism or work andelection; work as metaphor and praxis.
Professor Thomas N. Corns (Bangor University)
Dr John Rees (Goldsmiths, University of London)