Research Assistant needed

Professor Vera Camden (Kent State) is looking for a Research Assistant in the summer 2014 (c.25 hours in total, perhaps slighly over) for archival work, especially at Dr Williams’s Library and other London archives, on the manuscripts and correspondance of Mary Franklin and her granddaughter Hanna Burton.

If you are interest and would like more details about the work involved, please contact Professor Camden directly:

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Dissent and the Hanoverian Succession

‘Dissent and the Hanoverian Succession’, The tenth annual one-day conference of the Dr Williams’s Centre for Dissenting Studies (a collaboration between the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London, and Dr Williams’s Library) will take place on:

Saturday 10 May 2014

Dr Williams’s Library, 14 Gordon Square WC1H 0AR

See the complete programme on the Centre’s website,

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Dissenting Studies Seminar Series

Ralph Stevens (Cambridge) will speak at the Seminar for Dissenting Studies on:

 ‘The Toleration Act, Chapels-of-Ease, and the Legacy of Restoration Partial Conformity’

Wednesday 12 March 2014, 5.15-6.45pm, Dr Williams’s Library, 14 Gordon Square, London.

All are welcome to attend. For an abstract and further information about the seminar series, please see

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CFP: Huguenot Networks in Europe, 9-11 September 2015

435px-Bookstore_of_the_Huguenots_in_Amsterdam_(1715)The Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland is planning a 6th International Huguenot Conference for 9, 10, 11 September 2015.

The conferenceto be entitled Huguenot networks in Europe, 1550-1800: the impact of a minority, will be held at Europe House, Westminster – London base of the European Commission (two days) – and Boughton House, Northamptonshire – home to the Duke of Buccleuch’s outstanding collection of French Huguenot fine and decorative artwork (one day).

Download the first call for papers here.

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EMoDiR seminar

Tuesday 4th March, at the University of Verona, Helena Wangefelt Ström (University of Umeå) will speak on  ’The petrifying eye of the beholder: Heritigisation of religion in Swedish 17th century travel journals’. The event is part of a series of seminars organised by the international EMoDiR.


If you don’t know it already, EMoDiR (Research Group in Early Modern Religious Dissents and Radicalism) is ‘an international research group dedicated to the study of religious differences, conflicts and plurality during the early modern period’. 

For more information, and for its activities, see its website,

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CFP: Godly Governance, York, 17-28 June 2014

Godly Governance: Religion and Political Culture in the Early Modern World, c. 1500-1750
University of York (UK), 27th-28th June 2014
Religious and political thought have seldom been entirely separable, but this was especially the case following the seismic changes that characterized the early modern period. These transformations affected the relationship of the religious and the political, blurring the boundaries between sacred and secular, public and private in ways previously inconceivable. These two sources of power met on a large scale in wars of religion or the establishment of national churches. But this period also witnessed the internalization of godly governance: manuals describing self-regulation, covering topics as diverse as child-raising, managing the home, ordering the diet, and dying well, abound. Intersections between these two facets of early modern life fill the period’s literature, music, art, and material culture, in the spaces of high culture and the quotidian, in performative and textual expression. Recent work has established that both religion and politics intersect with confessional identities, material culture, the spatial imagination, intellectual and patronage networks, and across manuscript and print culture. This conference seeks to illuminate the entanglements and confrontations between God and government in these diverse fields, hoping that the study of these difficult but fruitful meeting places can open up new avenues of understanding about the early modern world.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Prof. Peter McCullough (Oxford) and Dr Lucy Wooding (KCL).
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Richard L. Greaves Prize: Appointment of the Selection Committee

Did you know that since 2004, every three years, a research Prize in the memory of Richard L. Greaves is awarded by the international John Bunyan Society for a “for an outstanding book-length work of scholarship devoted to the history, literature, thought, practices and legacy of Anglophone Protestantism to 1700.”

This is wonderful opportunity to publicize work in the field among the public, so let your commissioning editors know that they can approach the selection committee.

The new selection committee has just been made public: it is chaired by N. H. Keeble (Stirling), with Ann Hugh (Keele) and Cynthia Wall (Virginia).

It will examine monograph and collective volumes published from January 2013 to January 2016 and the Prize will be presented at the 8th Triennal conference of the International John Bunyan Society in the summer 2016.

You can download the regulations and procedures  here  and get more information directly from the website of the IJBS,

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Dissenting Studies Seminar Series

The programme of the Dissenting Studies Seminar Series (January to July 2014) has been published. You can find it on the website of the Dr William’s Centre for Dissenting Studies,

The series starts on Wednesday 8 January 2014  (5.15 to 6.45 pm, 14 Gordon Square), with a paper by Jane Giscombe (Dr Williams’s Library) entitled ‘Henry Crabb Robinson and the Dissenters: His Reading in Colchester 1790-95’.

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George Whitefield at 300

George_Whitefield_(head)George Whitefield at 300 is An International Tercentenary Conference, sponsored by Aberystwyth University, the Manchester Wesley Research Centre, the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, and The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University, that will take place at Pembroke College, Oxford, on 25‑27 June 2014. Follow this link to the conference website, where you can download the programme and register for what promises to be a wonderful event,

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Catalogue of sects

Following my July post on the difficulty of finding a nice header for this new website, and after many attempts ranging from photographs of rural chapels to manuscript records, we have finally settled on the above and some readers have since asked that we identify the characters. From left to right are, an ‘Ante Scripturian’, a ‘Soule Sleeper’, an ‘Anabaptist’, a ‘Familist’, a ‘Seeker’ and… a ‘Divorcer’, beating his wife.
As you might have recognized, this is the cropped top tier of vignettes from the title-page of the 1647 broadside A Catalogue of the severall Sects and Opinions in England and other Nations With a briefe Rehearsall of their false and dangerous Tenents in the Thomason Collection, BL 669.f.10 [111].
 The first tier has a “Jesuit”, “One Evins a Welch-man (Arise Evans), an “Arminian”, an “Arian”, an “Adamite” and a “Libertin” breaking the tables of the Law, in the same aggressive posture as the Divorcer below him. 
The background is a Victorian map of Christian’s journey in Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. You can make out Christian’s entrance into a (neoclassical) Palace Beautiful and, depending on the portable device you’re using, Giant Despair in pursuit of Christian and Hopeful, at the very top. 
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