International Graduate Scholarship Opportunities in History at the University of Melbourne


The History Discipline in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne is offering Scholarships for international graduate students for commencement in 2018.


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RSA 2017

Spaces of Coexistence

Dissenting Pastoral: Register now!

Alison Searle and Emily Vine (University of Leeds) will present the AHRC-funded research project ‘Pastoral Care, Literary Cure and Religious Dissent: Zones of Freedom in the British Atlantic (c. 1630-1720)’ @Britaix17_18

Monday 1 February 2021, 16.30 -18.30 European Standard Time (3.30 – 5.30 GMT)

This paper provides an overview to the research project ‘Pastoral Care, Literary Cure and Religious Dissent: Zones of Freedom in the British Atlantic (c. 1630-1720)’, which is based at the University of Leeds. It discusses the research processes and outputs of a project that has focused on the role of pastoral care and letter writing in transatlantic Protestant communities in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. It also reflects on how events of the past year, including Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement, have intersected in unexpected ways with the project, and have prompted the consideration of synergies between the provision of pastoral care past and present.  

Dr Alison Searle is Associate Professor of Textual Studies in the School of English at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on the intersections between early modern literature and theology. She is co-general editor of The Complete Correspondence of Richard Baxter (forthcoming in nine volumes with Oxford University Press)

Dr Emily Vine is Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the School of English at the University of Leeds. Her PhD, from Queen Mary University of London, investigated domestic religion in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century London. Prior to joining Leeds, she was a Junior Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research.  

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Lived Religion Visual Arts study day

Friday 4 December 2020, 2.00 to 4.30 pm GMT, via Zoom.

The concept of ‘lived religion’ emerged within the French school of sociology in the 1930s when extensive enquiries were made into the state of French catholicism, and is still conceived today as belonging primarily to the province of social scientists, practical theologians and moral philosophers.
The Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English (Queen Mary University of London) has entered into a collaboration with the Research Centre for the Anglophone World of Aix-Marseille University (LERMA, UR 853) for a four-year project applying the concept to European literature and history, following the seminal work of David Hall and Robert Orsi for North America.
With due regard to the sociological context in which such work began, the project explores historical, literary and material sources, seeking new ways to approach private and public devotions, religious practices and the everyday religion of the laity.
We hold a symposium every year, alternating between England and France: ‘Documenting Lived Religion 1500 to the Present:
Perspectives Across Borders’ (2017), ‘Lived Religion: Theory and Practice’ (2018), ‘Lived Religion and the Book’ (2019), ‘Lived Religion and the Visual Arts’ (2020). A conference will end the cycle in October 2021 in London.
Conveners: Anne Dunan-Page (Aix-Marseille University), Laurence Lux-Sterritt (Aix-Marseille University), Tessa Whitehouse (Queen Mary University of London)
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Original author: Colin Harris

The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, Volume I

The Post-Reformation Era, 1559-1689,

edited by John Coffey:

Presents a revisionist account of the origins of Anglophone Protestant Dissent Adopts a comparative approach between Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, and Quakers Harvests a wealth of new research on Dissenting religious culture through recent scholarly editions and projects

The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, Volume I traces the emergence of Anglophone Protestant Dissent in the post-Reformation era between the Act of Uniformity (1559) and the Act of Toleration (1689). It reassesses the relationship between establishment and Dissent, emphasising that Presbyterians and Congregationalists were serious contenders in the struggle for religious hegemony. Under Elizabeth I and the early Stuarts, separatists were few in number, and Dissent was largely contained within the Church of England, as nonconformists sought to reform the national Church from within. During the English Revolution (1640-60), Puritan reformers seized control of the state but splintered into rival factions with competing programmes of ecclesiastical reform. Only after the Restoration, following the ejection of two thousand Puritan clergy from the Church, did most Puritans become Dissenters, often with great reluctance. Dissent was not the inevitable terminus of Puritanism, but the contingent and unintended consequence of the Puritan drive for further reformation. The story of Dissent is thus bound up with the contest for the established Church, not simply a heroic tale of persecuted minorities contending for religious toleration. Nevertheless, in the half century after 1640, religious pluralism became a fact of English life, as denominations formed and toleration was widely advocated. The volume explores how Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, and Quakers began to forge distinct identities as the four major denominational traditions of English Dissent. It tracks the proliferation of Anglophone Protestant Dissent beyond England—in Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Dutch Republic, New England, Pennsylvania, and the Caribbean. And it presents the latest research on the culture of Dissenting congregations, including their relations with the parish, their worship, preaching, gender relations, and lay experience.

Table of Contents
1: Presbyterianism in Elizabethan & Early Stuart England , Polly Ha
2: Presbyterians in the English Revolution , Elliot Vernon
3: Presbyterians in the Restoration , George Southcombe
4: Congregationalists , Tim Cooper
5: Separatists and Baptists , Michael A. G. Haykin
6: Early Quakerism and its Origins , Ariel Hessayon
7: The Dutch Republic: English and Scottish Dissenters in Dutch Exile, 1575-1688 , Cory Cotter
8: Scotland , R. Scott Spurlock
9: Ireland , Crawford Gribben
10: Wales, 1587-1689 , Lloyd Bowen
11: Dissent in New England , Francis J. Bremer
12: Colonial Quakerism , Andrew R. Murphy and Adrian Chastain Weimer
13: Dissent in the Parishes , W. J. Sheils
14: Dissent and the State: Persecution and Toleration , Jacqueline Rose
15: The Empowerment of Dissent: The Puritan Revolution , Bernard Capp
16: The Print Culture of Nonconformity: From Martin Marprelate to Reliquiae Baxterianae , N. H. Keeble
17: The Bible and Theology , John Coffey
18: Sacraments and Worship , Susan Hardman Moore
19: Sermons and Preaching , David J. Appleby
20: Women and Gender , Rachel Adock
21: Being a Dissenter: Lay Experience in the Gathered Churches , Michael Davies, Anne Dunan-Page, and Joel Halcomb

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Edited by John Coffey, Professor of Early Modern History, University of Leicester

John Coffey is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester. He has published widely on the history of Protestantism in Britain and America, and is the author of Persecution and Toleration in Protestant England, 1558-1689 (2000), and Exodus and Liberation: Deliverance Politics from John Calvin to Martin Luther King Jr. (2014). He co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism (2008), and has worked with N.H. Keeble, Tom Charlton, and Tom Cooper on a scholarly edition of Richard Baxter’s Reliquiae Baxterianae, 5 vols (Oxford, 2020).

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Women Translators of Religious Texts (revue Parallèles)

Numéro spécial de la revue Parallèles.
Guest-edited by Adriana Şerban and Rim Hassen.

Deadline: 15 November 20.

The question of who translates religious writings in general, and holy texts in particular, is just as important as that of how the translations are done, why, and for whom. While translation has often been associated with women (Chamberlain 1988), translators of sacred texts have mainly been men. Translation Studies scholars such as Simon (1996) and von Flotow (1997) highlighted the role of women as translators of the Christian holy writ, but the fact remains that translating a sacred text is a task that requires a recognised position in society, education, and access to sources of documentation which few people, especially women, had until the 19th century in the Western world, and still struggle to achieve elsewhere. Another theme that runs through the (so far mostly invisible) story of women translators of sacred texts is that of authority. Traditionally, women’s role in organised religion was relegated to that of auxiliaries. Thus, in the three religions of the Book, men have dominated in ministry and occupied the positions of power and decision-making at every level of the hierarchy. Although there is more debate around such issues than ever before, and the landscape is slowly evolving, restrictions do persist in many environments.

Despite the adverse conditions, a number of women translators have succeeded in gaining a measure of visibility. Mary Sidney Herbert, Julia E. Smith, Helen Barrett Montgomery, Annie Cressman and Mary Phil Korsak in the field of Bible translation; Fatma Zaida, Umm Muhammad, Camille Adams Helminski, Tahereh Saffarzadeh and Laleh Bakhtiar in Quran translation; Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh, the first female translator of the Sikh scriptures, the Adi Granth—these are only a few of the women who have made a mark in religious translation. They have in common a desire to “see with [their] own eyes, and not look through the glasses of [their] neighbors” (Smith 1876: n.p.), and to share their insights and knowledge with others, empower them in more ways than one. Even though their efforts have often been individual, several women translators have collaborated with a man, usually a family member. Some of their translations only tackle parts of a given text, and they tend to be for smaller, restricted audiences. In other words, at the time of writing, women’s voices in religious translation remain marginal, especially where holy texts are concerned.

To our knowledge, Women Translators of Religious Texts will be the first publication entirely dedicated to women translators of religious writings, a topic at the intersection of several disciplinary fields, including Translation Studies, Religious Studies, Gender Studies, Feminist Studies, and Literary and Cultural Studies. We propose to bring together translators of religious texts and scholars from various disciplines, working on women translators from different religious traditions and periods.

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The International John Bunyan Society: Glorious Sounds

Glorious Sounds: Exploring the Soundscapes of British Nonconformity: 1550-1800.

Lipman Building (Room 121), Northumbria University, Newcastle, Thursday 16 April 2020.
The conference is organised in association with University of Bedfordshire, Keele University, Loughborough University, Northumbria University and the University of Warwick.


10.00–10.20 Registration and coffee
10.20–10.30 Introductory remarks: Robert W. Daniel
10.30–11.30 Plenary 1: Rosamund Oates, Manchester Metropolitan University: ‘Speaking in Hands: Preaching, Deafness and Sign Language in Early Modern Europe’
11.30–11.50 Coffee break
11.50–1.00 First Panel Robert W. Daniel, University of Warwick: ‘Piety, but Quietly: The Devotional Soundscape of Dissenting Households’ Eleanor Hedger, University of Birmingham: ‘Acoustic Territorialisation and Sonic Conflict in the Early Modern English Prison’
1.00–2.00 Lunch
2.00–3.30 Second Panel Matthew Stanton, Queen’s University, Belfast: ‘Charisma and Controversy: Benjamin Keach (1640-1704) and the Debate About Congregational Song’ Rosamund Paice, University of Portsmouth: ‘Sound Theology: Serious Punning in Paradise Lost’ Mary Fairclough, University of York: ‘Anna Laetitia Barbauld and the Dissenting Art of Reading’
3.30–3.40 Coffee break
3.40–4.40 Plenary 2: John Craig, Simon Fraser University: ‘Sounding Godly: from Bilney to Bunyan’
4.40–4.50 Concluding remarks and departure

Attendance is free of charge, but prior registration by 1 March 2020 is essential as numbers are limited. The conference opens at 10.00am, and ends at 5.00pm. Morning and afternoon refreshments and a light lunch will be provided, costing £15 payable on the day. For further inquiries, please e-mail Robert W. Daniel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Rachel Adcock (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or David Walker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Travel information for Northumbria University can be found here.

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The International John Bunyan Society: CALL FOR ESSAYS

Submissions for the Society’s Early Career Essay Prize 2020 are now invited.

Deadline: 1 March 2020.

This is the inaugural year of the International John Bunyan Society (IJBS) Early Career Essay Prize. The award seeks to support the cutting-edge research of junior scholars in the field of early modern religion and dissent. Criteria:

The competition is open to PhD students and post-doctoral researchers up to two years after their viva. To be eligible, applicants MUST be members of the IJBS. Membership enquiries/ subscriptions can be made via the Society’s UK Treasurer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applicants can submit an essay of up to 7,000 words (e.g. part of a chapter or a draft of an article or a written version of a conference paper) by 1 March 2020 (as an email attachment). The word count includes footnotes, but excludes title, bibliography and any appendixes (which, however, should not be longer than the text of the essay). The name of the author, their affiliation and their role (e.g. final-year PhD student) as well as the word count should be indicated on the title page. A brief biography outlining the applicant’s current research project (150 words) is to be included.

This year, the IJBS is particularly looking for contributions discussing the soundscapes of Dissenting religio-political cultures and contexts during the Long Reformation (global perspectives are particularly welcome). All submissions will be judged by members of the Society’s Executive Committee who may ask other experts to join them. Candidates will be informed of the outcome by email within a month of the submission date. The winner will be officially announced at the Regional IJBS Conference at Northumbria University on 16 April 2020 and will receive a certificate, a financial award of £150, one year’s free membership to IJBS and a year’s subscription to the Society’s peer-reviewed journal: Bunyan Studies. Please send all submissions by 1 March 2020 to the Society’s General Secretary, Dr Robert W. Daniel, via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This prize is supported by our funding partners:

Original author: Colin Harris

Maria-Cristina Pitassi : Lignes de faille. Croire, douter, savoir dans l’espace réformé du XVIIe et XVIIIe siècle – Leçon d’adieu

Jeudi 5 décembre 2019
Uni Dufour, Université de Genève
Salle U259, 18h15-19h30

Maria-Cristina Pitassi, ancienne directrice de l’Institut d’histoire de la Réformation et professeure honoraire de l’Université de Genève:



Original author: Colin Harris

Late announcement: Journées d’étude pour le 50e anniversaire de la fondation de l’Institut d’histoire de la Réformation

L’histoire religieuse de la première époque moderne: bilans et perspectives nouvelles de recherche
5-6 décembre 2019
Université de Genève

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Lived religion and the book

Lived Religion and the Book


at Queen Mary University of London, E1 4NS

Friday 6 December 2019

Room: Scape 3.01

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‘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.

Register for the conference by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
To offer a paper, please contact Dr John Lenton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dr Clive Norris This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Original author: Colin Harris

New Book: Church Life

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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EMoDiR’s new Routledge series

The Research Group in Early Modern Religious Dissents and Radicalism is launching its new series with Routlege,, a welcome addition on the publishing scence for all scholars working on early-modern dissenting history and literature.

“Titles in the Early Modern Religious Dissents and Radicalism Series address the discursive constructions of religious dissent and the practices of radical movements in the early modern world. The series transcends traditional national and confessional historiographies to examine early modern religious culture as a dynamic system that was essential in forging complex identities and encouraging dialogue among them. The editors seek manuscripts that consider questions of dissent, radicalism, dissidence, libertinism, heresy, and heterodoxy, and examine these themes historically as socio-cultural constructions”

Original author: Anne Page

Religion and radicalism in Western Culture, 1700 to present

The History Research Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University, in conjunction with the Centre for the Study of Apocalyptic and Millennial Movements, invites submissions for a one-day symposium on “Religion and Radicalism”, to be held on Wednesday July 17th 2019 in Manchester. As part of the city’s series of events commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, the symposium seeks to explore links between religious and political radicalism in historical and contemporary contexts. How has religion motivated radical political action, from 19th century reformers to contemporary political protest? What makes a political or religious action radical, and who defines it as such? What are the differences, if any, between political and religious radicalism? The symposium will seek to explore these and other issues, and encourages submissions for 20-25 minute papers from both established scholars and graduate students.

Suggested topics might include, but are not limited to:
•    Religious involvement in radical reform movements
•    Continuities and discontinuities between religious and political radicalism
•    Definitions of radicalism in political and religious movements
•    Radicalism and new religious movements
•    Religious opposition to political radicalism
•    “Radicalisation” in historical contexts
•    The memorialisation of radical reform movements

Please submit to a 200-word abstract, with a short biography (no more than 50 words) to the organiser, Dr Andrew Crome (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by no later than 28th February 2019.  

Original author: Anne Page

IJBS Regional Day Conference, Loughborough 2019


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.

Please send a title and brief (250-word)summary of a 20-minute paper – no later than 15 February 2019 – to: Catie Gill: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Plenary Speakers

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IJBS International Conference in Alberta: extended deadline


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.


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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