Scandal, Controversy, Persecution: Shaping Dissenting Identities
We are very pleased to announce that the programme for the third and final conference of the Dissenting Experience project is now ready.
Speakers: John Coffey, Grant Tapsell, Jeremy Gregory, Mark Knights, Johanna Harris, Kate Peters, Ariel Hessayon, and Mark Burden.
To download the programme, please click here.
The conference will take place on Saturday, 14 November 2015, Dr Williams’s Library – 14 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0AR
As usual, the conference is free of charge but prior registration is essential either by mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by post: Dr Michael Davies Department of English 19-23 Abercromby Sq University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZG.
This one-day conference, organised by the Centre for the English-Speaking World of Aix-Marseille Université in association with the Dr Williams’s Centre for Dissenting Studies and the University of Liverpool, focuses on the shaping of dissenting identities in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England. It will consider how dissenters were named and viewed, both within and without their own communities, and what determined the formation of these identities, nationally and locally. Because the experience of dissent for both members and ministers of gathered churches was often one of negotiating scandal, controversy, and persecution, this conference will address the consequences of identifying with a dissenting church or sect, both before and after Toleration, and which factors – political and social, denominational and intellectual – helped to shape dissenting identities across the period, both individually and collectively. How dissenting identities were established, debated, and challenged, across a range of networks – denominational and sectarian, literary and scientific – and in the contexts of revolution and persecution as well as of toleration and Enlightenment, is what this conference aims to explore. This is the third in a series of three annual events exploring the collective experience of the dissenting churches in the period 1600-1800.