July 2016

6-9 July 2016: ‘Voicing Dissent in the Long Reformation’, Aix-en-Provence: The 8th Triennial Conference of the International John Bunyan Society. Plenary Speakers: Alec Ryrie (Durham), Andrew Spicer (Oxford Brookes), Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge), Helen Wilcox (Bangor). Download the CFP on . Deadline: 31 May 2015. Bursaries available for graduates/postgraduates. To apply, see website.

November 2015

Saturday 14 November 2015: ‘Dissenting Experience: Scandal, Controversy, Persecution: Shaping Dissenting Identities’, Dr Williams’s Library, 14 Gordon Square, London. The conference 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. For further information, please download the conference programme, get in touch via the ‘Contact us’ page, or email

Friday 13 November 2015: ‘Richard Baxter Quatercentenary Symposium’,  Dr Williams’s Library, 14 Gordon Square, London. Confirmed speakers include Professor Nigel Smith (Princeton), Professor Ann Hughes (Keele) and Professor Howard Hotson (Oxford). For more information:

April 2015

10 April 2015: ‘Representing Dissenting in the Long Eighteenth Century’, The International John Bunyan Society, in association with the University of Bedfordshire and Northumbria University: University of Bedfordshire, Bedford Campus.

March 2015

20–21 March 2015: Aix-en-Provence young researchers’ conference on ‘Displacement, Transgression and Dissent in France, Great Britain and the American Colonies (c.1600-1800)’. Download the CFP here. There will be help with the cost of travelling/accommodation, please contact the organizers. Contact: Bob Owens ( and David Walker ( Download the CFP here.

November 2014

8 November 2014: ‘Dissenting Experience: Varieties of Dissenting Expression’, Dr Williams’s Library. After Year 1 on ‘Churches and their Pastor’, Year 2 will concentrate on ‘The Variety of Dissenting Expression’. See the ‘Project’ section for more detail. You can download the flyer and registration details here. Download the conference programme here. Download the conference abstracts here. Download the conference poster here.

November 2013
© Trustees of Dr Williams's Library
© Trustees of Dr Williams’s Library

9 November 2013: ‘Dissenting Experience: Church Life: Pastors and their Congregations’, Britaix 17-18 and Dr Williams’s Centre for Dissenting Studies, London, Dr Williams’s Library, 8 November 2013.

August 2013

12–16 August 2013: ‘John Bunyan: Conscience, History and Justice’, International John Bunyan Society
 Seventh Triennial Conference, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA.