IJBS International Conference in Alberta: extended deadline

NETWORKS OF DISSENT: THE 9th TRIENNIAL CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL JOHN BUNYAN SOCIETY 14-17 AUGUST 2019, Edmonton, Canada

Founded at the University of Alberta, the IJBS returns to Edmonton for its 9th Triennial Meeting in 2019. Our conference theme is Networks of Dissent: Connecting and Communicating Across the Long Reformation. We invite proposals for 20-minute individual papers and full-session panels on our theme or any topic relating to the literature, culture and history of the Long Reformation, especially touching on the life, works, and legacy of John Bunyan and other dissenting voices of the seventeenth century.

Papers in all disciplines are welcome.

POSSIBLE TOPICS MIGHT INCLUDE:

Social, economic, political, and ecumenical networksDissenting Academies and educational networksNetworks of book production and distribution; news networksEpistolary networks; the circulation of dissenting culture; dissenting readersTranshistorical networks (the long 18th century, the Victorians, and beyond)Travel and trade related to dissent; itinerant preachingTransnational networks of dissent; global Bunyan

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About Dissenting Experience

Dissenting Experience is a research group devoted to investigating the history  of religious nonconformity in Britain, c.1500-1800. We share a particular interest in the historical and literary study of church books, registers, and related records from Baptist, Congregational and Presbyterian churches, c.1640-1714.

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Lived Religion seminar at Aix-Marseille

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We’re delighted to announce the second year of our “lived religion” programme, in association with Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English. After a study day in September 2017, we continue our collaboration with a series of three virtual seminars that will take place in December 2018, 2019 and 2020. This year, we’ll explore “lived religion” within the social sciences, more particularly the sociology of religions in France and anglophone countries. Conferences and seminar take place in room 2.44 at Maison de la Recherche, 29 avenue Robert Schuman, unless otherwise stated

Friday 12 October 2018
14h – 16h
« Billy Graham, artisan d’une ‘religion civile’ évangélique aux États-Unis. » A conference by Sébastien Fath (CNRS),
Discussant: Gilles Teulié

Tuesday 4 December 2018
Lived Religion: the Stakes and Limitations of Heritage
A conference by Jodi Cohen (Bridgewater State university), in collaboration with the LERMA research group working on ‘Remanence’

Friday 7 December 2018
14h- 17h : Virtual study day (video-conferencing room)
Lived Religion and Sociology
In collaboration with Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English

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Is there a history of lived religion ?

Writing various chapters and introductions recently made me realise how difficult it is to determine what historians in general, and early modern historians in particular, mean by ‘lived’ religion. While French sociologists would immediately recognize contributions such as Gabriel Le Bras’s enquête devoted to Catholic France, his work has not necessarily percolated down through studies of lived religion in le monde anglo-saxon, let alone through historical studies, with notable exceptions such as the work of David Hall and Robert Orsi. They both reminded us, almost twenty years ago, that the term ‘lived religion’ was still ‘an awkward neologism’ in the United States. Has the concept therefore simply ceased to be useful in early modern historiography, as written by anglophone scholars, or was it never so ? More broadly, is there no such thing as l’histoire du vécu religieux and no scholar wishing to be seen as a ‘historian of lived religion’? Partly, one imagines, the complex relationship between lived and popular religion is to blame.

Anglophone scholars have nonetheless found inspiration in French writing, but not necessarily in those emanating from the French school of sociology. Meredith McGuire, for instance, refers to Merleau-Ponty, while Robert Orsi explains that his fondness for the term ‘lived religion’ derives from Sartre’s ‘lived experience’ (le vécu) (Hall, ed. 1997). That allowed Orsi to emphasize a number of things, including the multiplicity of lived experience places, not only ‘churches, temples, shrines, class meetings’, but also ‘workplaces, homes, and streets’. He was also able to underline the similarities between religious experiences and profane experiences, for ‘religion comes into being in an ongoing, dynamic relationship with the realities of everyday life’. Finally, he was able to avoid the vexing issue of ‘popular’ religion and its nagging oppositions between rich/poor, emotional/rational, institutionalised/domestic, illiterate/lettered… Orsi, of course, is a historian of the Italian Catholic community, but with the exception of David Hall it is far more difficult to find early modern historians entirely at ease with the phrase ‘lived religion’, and especially not British historians. They have embraced ‘lived experience’ instead, especially in the wake of developments in the history of emotions during the last decade. A case in point is Alec Ryrie’s Being Protestant in Reformation England (2013). However, it should be noted that historians of early modern France and Northern Europe have recently begun to use the term ‘lived religion’ in the titles of edited collections, which often examine the question of lay vs. clerical engagement, but without necessarily defining the term. Perhaps more historical studies in the future will find a home in the new Palgrave MacMillan series on Lived Religion.

Let us hope so, for the relationship between ‘lived religion’ and ‘lived experiences of religion’ could be further investigated. Can the ‘experiences’ (and which experiences ?) of early modern believers be retrieved, and through which sources ? In which contexts ? How are we to incorporate recent historiography on everyday life, material studies, architecture, devotional practices, history of the book (to name only a few), and how can we give lived religion a firmer methodological basis, drawing from theology, sociology and anthropology but also literary studies? These issues are increasingly well covered in studies of post-industral and secularised societies but not in historical scholarship.

With that in mind, we have set up in Aix-en-Provence a research programme which will explore these issues in the next few years, in league with the Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English (Queen Mary University of London). There will be a series of events centered on lived religion, with particular but not exclusive reference to the early modern period. We began with a couple of study days in 2017 that examined lived religion across borders and times and we will continue by focusing more precisely on methodology and practice (2018), lived religion and the book (2019) then lived religion and the arts (2020). We hope a final conference will be held in 2021 in London to tie all these threads together and show how lived religion could be successfully (re)claimed for the religious history of Britain.

A few titles/reviews that I’ve found particularly useful:

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Queen Mary University of London, 11 October 2018

The Centre for Studies of Home invites 20-minute paper proposals for a one-day, interdisciplinary conference on ‘Home and Religion: Space, Practice and Community from the 17th Century to the Present’. We interpret the terms ‘Religion’ and ‘Home’ broadly, and welcome papers from those working on a broad range of disciplines, including literature, history and geography, as well as practitioners working in relevant areas, e.g. curatorial or educational roles.

Home and Religion

This conference is part of the AHRC CDA programme ‘Home and religion: space, practice and community from the 17th century to the present’, which includes four research projects based at the Centre for Studies of Home: Religious life in the urban home, 1600-1800; New spiritualities and domestic life c.1855-1939; Judaism in the suburban home 1945-1979 and Interfaith connections at home in London today.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

The place of the home and the ritual year Religious belief, practice and material culture at home Spirituality and the supernatural within the home Perceptions and literary or artistic depictions of domestic religion Interfaith connections within home and neighbourhood The challenges of ‘making home’ for displaced religious communities Connections between home, places of worship and the city The presentation of domestic religion in museum and educational contexts

Proposals for papers should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 12 September 2018

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