Dissenting Experience conference, 14 November 2015

This is a final reminder about the ‘Dissenting Experience’ conference taking place tomorrow, Saturday 14 November 2015. For further information, please download the conference programme, get in touch via the ‘Contact us’ page, or email dissentingexperience@gmail.com

‘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.


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