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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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Vanity Fait and the Celestial City

We’re delighted to announce that Isabel Rivers’s new book:

Vanity Fair and the Celestial City: Dissenting, Methodist, and Evangelical Literary Culture in England 1720-1800

has just been published by Oxford University Press.

You can order the book from the OUP website:

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/vanity-fair-and-the-celestial-city-9780198269960?cc=gb&lang=en&

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Seeking Diaries

I am seeking the diaries of Puritan ministers from 1640 to 1715.

Here is an extract from the diary of the preacher, John Westley of Whitchurch, Dorset, recorded as an ejected minister in Edmund Calamy’s A Continuation of the Account of the Ministers … Ejected and Silenced (vol I, p 440) copied into Samuel Palmer’s The Nonconformist’s Memorial (vol I, p 478). Having been criticised by some parishioners for not using the Book of Common Prayer, he has a long conversation with the Bishop of Bristol which includes the following exchange.

B [Bishop]. In what Manner did the Church you spake of send you to preach ? At this Rate every body might preach !
W [Westley]. Not every one. Every body has not preaching Gifts and peaching Graces. Besides, that is not all I have to offer your Lordship to justify my Preaching.
B. If you preach, it must be according to Order, the Order of the Church of England, upon an Ordination.
W. What does your Lordship mean by Ordination ?
B. Do not you know what I mean ?
W. If you mean that sending spoken of, Rom. x; I had it.
B. I mean that : What Mission had you ?
W. I had a Mission from God and Man.
B. You must have it according to Law, and the Order of the Church of England.
W. I am not satisfied in my Spirit therein.
B. Not satisfied in your Spirit ! You have more new-coined Phrases than ever were heard of !.

This small section illustrates not only the difference in opinion between the establishment and the dissenters, but also the contrast in thinking and language. The end of this conversation ends with the Bishop agreeing not to “meddle” with Westley and bidding him “Farewell, good Mr. Westley”.

Although heavy in meaning and consequence, it appears that Westley chose to record this passage in a relatively light tone, but why and for whom? To show the human side of Bishops, to emphasise how God took care of potentially perilous situations or perhaps unconsciously to express a feeling of relief? Even in a private diary, there are choices of style, selection of material and unconscious ways of remembering and interpreting recent events, and this analysis of the text will fuel part of my research.

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Richard Baxter’s Treatises

We are very pleased to announce the publication of The Richard Baxter Treatises: A Catalogue and Guide by Alan Argent with Boydell & Brewer.

To order:

https://boydellandbrewer.com/the-richard-baxter-treatises.html

 

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The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan is out!

We’re delighted to let you know that The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan, edited by W. R. Owens and Michael Davies is now out.

With 736 pages and 23 illustrations, this is a maginificent achievement, and a wonderful contribution to Bunyan studies that will be useful to students, academics, as well as Bunyan lovers for years to come.

Check it out and order on the OUP website:

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-handbook-of-john-bunyan-9780199581306?cc=gb&lang=en&

ISBN: 9780199581306

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CFP 2019: International John Bunyan conference in Alberta (closing date 3rd Oct. 2018)

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 networks Dissenting Academies and educational networks Networks of book production and distribution; news networks Epistolary networks; the circulation of dissenting culture; dissenting readers Transhistorical networks (the long 18th century, the Victorians, and beyond) Travel and trade related to dissent; itinerant preaching Transnational networks of dissent; global Bunyan

OUR PLENARY SPEAKERS WILL BE:

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Études Épistémè and religious studies

The French journal Études Épistémè, dédicated to early-modern European culture, has recently published several issues on religious studies with contain articles on various forms of dissent:

1517, and all that: dating the beginning of the Reformation in Early Modern Britain and France, edited by Aude De Mézérac-Zanetti: https://journals.openedition.org/episteme/1794

Dissenting Languages. Religious Performances and Disputes in Early Modern Europe, edited by Sophie Houdard, Adelisa Malena and Xenia von Tippelskirch: https://journals.openedition.org/episteme/1506

MELANCHOLIA/Æ. The religious experience of the “disease of the soul” and its definitions, edited by Sophie Houdard, Adelisa Malena, Lisa Roscioni and Xenia von Tippelskirch: https://journals.openedition.org/episteme/742

In the autumn of 2019, it will publish The World of Seventeenth-Century English Dissenters: Philosophy, Theology and Worship, edited by Paula Barros, Anne Dunan-Page, and Laurence Lux-Sterritt, a selection of papers from the 8th Triennnial Conference of the International John Bunyan Society, with contributions by Laurent Curelly, Cyril Selzner, David Parry, N. H. Keeble, Bill Sheils and Elspeth Graham.

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2019 Renaissance Society Association Conference : call for papers

Please find hereafter two CfP for the next Renaissance Society Association Conference (to be held in Toronto 17-19 March 2019).

The deadline for the submission of proposals is 10 August 2018.

Early Modern Anticlericalisms
Call for papers for seminar RSA Toronto, 17-19 March 2019

For the first time, the RSA Annual Meeting in Toronto (17-19 March 2019) will include seminar sessions. Seminars will consist of discussion of three-to-six pre-circulated essays of approximately 4,000 words. The essays will be circulated among the seminar participants well in advance of the meeting in Toronto.

Please consider submitting a proposal for the following seminar on Early Modern Anticlericalisms organized by Tobias Gregory, (English, Catholic University of America)  and Stefano Villani (History, University of Maryland, College Park) :

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Society for Renaissance Studies 8th Biennial Conference

University of Sheffield

Vulcan

Detail from Enea Vico, after Parmigianino,

Venus and Mars Embracing as Vulcan Works at his Forge, 1543

 

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Transcribed Early American Manuscript Church Records Now Online

New England’s Hidden Histories (NEHH), of the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston, locates, digitizes, and publishes rare seventeenth- and eighteenth-century manuscript church records online. We are pleased to announce that over 4,000 pages in our free archive have now been transcribed, making them readily accessible to all users. Among these materials are church records from Barnstable, Franklin, Georgetown, Marblehead, and Stoneham, Massachusetts, from Brunswick and Sanford, Maine, and from other colonial-era communities.

Also newly available at http://www.congregationallibrary.org/nehh/main are over 1,100 transcribed pages of autobiographical and spiritual testimony from hundreds of members of the first church of Middleboro, Massachusetts. This collection of lay faith relations, the largest ever published, offers an unparalleled glimpse into the inner lives of ordinary people from a half century before the Revolution until the Civil War.

Additional transcriptions are forthcoming, including more church records, hundreds of additional lay relations of faith, the New World’s first systematic theological treatise (1656); an early draft of the Cambridge Platform and a response to lay objections about it (c. 1650), and portions of a deacon’s notebook (1638–46).  All of these materials are appearing in print for the first time.

About New England’s Hidden Histories.—Our New England forbears enshrined the most intimate details of their lives and their communities in their manuscript church records. Therein can be found minutes of spirited church debates and disciplinary hearings, personal narratives, lay and clerical faith explorations, ministerial pronouncements, and a full complement of vital statistics (church membership lists, baptisms, marriages, and deaths), which together reveal the texture of early New England society. New England’s Hidden Histories has produced tens of thousands of digital images of these documents, and now myriad transcriptions, in its ongoing effort to freely share this incomparable historical resource with scholars, teachers, students, genealogists, church historians, and all interested members of the public.

We welcome volunteers interested in assisting us with transcriptions.  Please send inquiries to Helen Gelinas, our Director of Transcription, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. James Cooper, the Director of New England’s Hidden Histories, can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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New Journal: Studies in Puritanism

Studies in Puritanism, a new,  open access journal, has just been launched, https://www.studiesinpuritanism.org/

About the journal:

“The results of twentieth-century scholarship on Puritanism are diverse and deficient. In fact, it can be argued the diversity is a result of different interpretative frameworks and different aims of the research. The varying frameworks can be characterized as either focused theologically or interdisciplinary with the respective aims of edifying the church or contributing to the field of humanities. Arguably, both are deficient as they lack a broader interpretive framework and aim of research. This proposal advocates for a research framework that is meaningful to both the academy and the church. The Studies in Puritanism Journal is an open-access worldwide interdisciplinary and professionally refereed digital publication that will invite graduate students, scholars, clergy, seminarians, and other readers of Puritanism to submit their articles, book reviews, notes, and documents to the editors for review and online publication. Comments on the reviewed articles will be sent to the author. Once each spring and fall, the editors will select appropriate items for online publication in Studies in Puritanism Journal.

Founding Members

Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (USA), Theological University Apeldoorn (Netherlands), and Queen’s University Belfast (UK)

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CFP International Society for Heresy Studies

Dissenting Experience is a research group devoted to investigating the history of religious nonconformity in Britain, c.1500–c.1800. We have particular interests in the historical and literary study of church books, registers, and related records from Baptist, Congregational, and Presbyterian churches, 1640–1714. Dissenting Experience is a collaboration between Rachel Adcock (Keele), Michael Davies (Liverpool), Anne Dunan-Page (Aix-Marseille), Joel Halcomb (UEA), with research assistance from Mark Burden (2015-2016).

Original author: Anne Page
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Early Modern Religious Dissents and Radicalism Series

This is a new series edited by Routledge:

“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”, see https://emodir.hypotheses.org/emodir-routledge-series

Series Editors

Federico Barbierato

Hannah Marcus

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EMODIR research blog

Dissenting Experience is a research group devoted to investigating the history of religious nonconformity in Britain, c.1500–c.1800. We have particular interests in the historical and literary study of church books, registers, and related records from Baptist, Congregational, and Presbyterian churches, 1640–1714. Dissenting Experience is a collaboration between Rachel Adcock (Keele), Michael Davies (Liverpool), Anne Dunan-Page (Aix-Marseille), Joel Halcomb (UEA), with research assistance from Mark Burden (2015-2016).

Original author: Anne Page
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Remembrance and Re-appropriation: Shaping Dissenting Identities

The IJBS Regional Day conference entitled ‘Remembrance and Re-appropriation: Shaping Dissenting Identities’ will take place this year Friday 13 April 2018 at Keel University (Staffordshire).

Plenary Speakers: Johanna Harris (Exeter) and John Coffey (Leicester).

For the conference programme and registration please click here.

Original author: Anne Page
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The Revd Dr Brendan Bradshaw (1937-2017)

The Faculty has been saddened to learn of the passing of our former colleague, the Revd Dr Brendan Bradshaw, in Ireland, on Sunday, 10 December 2017.

Brendan Bradshaw was born in Limerick City, studied at University College Dublin, and ordained as a Marist Father.  During his many years at Queens’ College, as a fellow and later life fellow, and as a lecturer in this Faculty, Dr Bradshaw made powerful contributions to the study of early modern Britain and Ireland that continue to shape our understanding of the period.  

His volume The British Problem c. 1534-1707: State Formation in the Atlantic Archipelago (1996), co-edited with John Morrill, was a landmark moment in the development of a de-centred ‘three kingdoms’ approach to the study of Tudor and Stuart politics, located equally within the wider context created by the European Reformations. The book grew out of a third-year specified subject, which enthused cohorts of undergraduates and has inspired similar courses still taught at other major universities.

In his subsequent work British Consciousness and Identity: the making of Britain, 1533-1707 (1998), co-edited with Peter Roberts, he brought together historians and literary scholars to address the meaning of nationality itself within early modern political and intellectual culture.  

Dr Bradshaw’s seminal interventions the history of Irish nationalism were collected in his final book, ‘And so began the Irish Nation’: Nationality, National Consciousness and Nationalism in Pre-modern Ireland, published in 2015.  

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Shakespeare in Italy Summer School

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.011 Wednesday, 24 January 2018

 

From:        Kristin Backert

Date:         January 21, 2018 at 9:39:12 PM EST

Subject:    Shakespeare in Italy Summer School

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John Barton Dies at 89

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.010  Wednesday, 24 January 2018

 

[1] From:        Hardy M. Cook

     Date:         January 20, 2018 at 8:24:06 AM EST

     Subj:         John Barton Dies at 89

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Francisco Prado-Vilar (Harvard): "Nostos: The Poetics of Matter and the Transfiguration of Myth in Medieval Sculpture"

February 13, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

OSHMAN HALL, MCMURTRY BUILDING

“It is nostos that you seek, O radiant Odysseus,” said the prophet Tiresias to the Greek hero in Homer's  epic poem of return. Taking nostos as both a theme and a critical concept for the study of Nachleben der Antike (Afterlife of Antiquity) this lecture proposes a journey punctuated by a series of encounters with a selected group of masterpieces of medieval sculpture that have remained until recently inscrutable in their meaning, and largely overlooked despite their brilliant plastic execution. In the course of an analysis that involves critical engagements with the thought of authors as varied as Fulgentius the Mythographer and Aby Warburg, Dante and James Joyce, these works will reveal themselves as essential case studies to delve into the complexities of the processes of survival and reawakening of classical literary and figural imagery in the Middle Ages, including iconographic transformations, and the poiesis of their embodiment through gesture, memory and the material imagination. This trans-historical nostos culminates in the Portal of Glory of the Cathedral of Santiago, which will be here analyzed in light of the new discoveries produced during the ongoing restoration project.

Francisco Prado-Vilar is Scientific Director of the Andrew W. Mellon Program for the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, and Director of Art and Culture at Harvard’s Real Colegio Complutense (RCC). His research and publications focus on diverse aspects of the arts of medieval and early Modern Europe, covering topics of wide chronological, thematic, and methodological range, including the afterlife of Antiquity from the early Middle Ages to the Renaissance; Romanesque and Gothic monumental programs; intercultural relations among Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Gothic period; the interface of private suffering, devotional painting, and national trauma in Hispano-Flemish painting; or the interconnections between medievalism and modernity. Among his most recent publications is the edited volume The Portal of Glory: Architecture, Matter, and Vision.

Original author: Mae Lyons-Penner
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Emanuele Lugli: "The Transfiguration of Measure and the Heights of Christ"

February 6, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

OSHMAN HALL, MCMURTRY BUILDING

This talk focuses on the singular devotion for the 'mensura Christi,' or the act of praying with objects that reproduced the height of Christ. It explores the reasons for its phenomenal success, from its diffusion in the twelfth century up to its ban in the seventeenth, and the motives for its equally extraordinary absence in historical accounts today. The talk asks questions about what turns an orthodox veneration into a mere superstition, an inversion that is all the more puzzling given that the 'mensura Christi' relies on measuring, one of the methods to fight credulity. The lecture thus reconsiders the relationship of measuring practices and visual belief while assessing the validity of 'trans-figuration' as an art historical concept, thus contributing to discussions on representations, faith, and material studies.

Emanuele Lugli teaches and writes about art, architecture and visual culture in medieval and early modern Europe, with a particular emphasis on Mediterranean trade, technology, and intellectual connections. His theoretical concerns include questions of scale and labor, the history of measurements, notions of precision and vagueness, the making of fashion and the fabrication of networks.

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