‘An Extraordinary Call’: Conference on Methodist Women Preachers in Britain from c. 1740 to the present.

8-9 November 2019 at  Oxford Brookes University

This conference takes place in the year of the 350th anniversary of the birth of Susanna Wesley and will focus on the whole sweep of Methodist women preachers in Britain, from
Elizabeth Thomas and Sarah Perrin in 1741 exhorting or speaking in society meetings, to the 21st century, where women ordained ministers have numerical equality in Methodism, and look like supplying three Presidents of Conference in succession by the time the conference is held.

‘An Extraordinary Call’ refers to John Wesley’s defence of lay preachers’ ministry as well as that of women preachers. Featured speakers include the current Conference President, Michaela Youngson; Janice Holmes, Margaret Jones, Tim Macquiban, and Eryn White. This conference will complement the commemorative events at the University of Lincoln in July this year, and we hope that publication of most of the papers might follow, in 2020.

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Original author: Colin Harris

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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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Lecture: Archives of Dissent Family

Family, Memory, and the English Nonconformist Tradition at Dr Williams’s Library

Friends of Dr Williams’s Library Annual Lecture 2019

Thursday 17th October 2019

5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Admission free – Booking not required

Family archives reveal the relationship between dissenting minorities and record-keeping in the period from the Restoration to the mid-eighteenth century, offering insight into poignant and touching traces of individual lives and raising questions about why private documentation became part of the public history of English Dissent.

Alexandra Walsham is Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge. She has published widely on the religious and cultural history of early modern Britain.

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IJBS Loughborough conference, 5 April 2019

The International John Bunyan Society has released the exciting programme of its annual study day at Loughborough University, with plenaries by John Rees and Thomas Corns.


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

Martin Hall, Loughborough University, Friday 5 April 2019


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Error in the age of Thomas Browne

See this new CFP which might be of interest to those working on religious “error” as well:

“In 1646, the polymath and physician Thomas Browne published his great work on error: Pseudodoxia Epidemica. He sought to correct popular misconceptions, such as that beavers bite off their own testicles when fleeing attack (III.IV). Browne was following a new European movement of error correction, including Laurent Joubert’s Erreurs populaires (1578); Girolamo Mercurii’s De gli errori popolari d’Italia (1603, 1645, 1658); and James Primrose’s De Vulgi in Medicina Erroribus (1639, 1651). Writers gave unprecedented attention to ‘error’ in all categories of thought, from medicine and superstition, to the natural world and astronomy. 

At the same time, new technology provided unimagined opportunity for the correction of faulty belief. Natural philosophers peered through the microscope discovering the intricate details of a flea, and through telescopes they saw the moons of Jupiter and Saturn’s rings. What happened to error in the age of science, where accuracy, standardisation and rectitude became increasingly prized? Was there a relation between the growing demand for accurate information and the creeping standardisation of printed texts? How did the status of error differ across intellectual contexts?”

Proposals for 20-minute papers are welcome on any aspect of error, in Anglophone or non-Anglophone cultures, from all disciplines. Topics may include but are not limited to: 

– Miscalculations 

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