Call for Papers: The People all Changed: Religion and Society in the 1650s

This event, held at the University of Portsmouth, 15-16 July 2016, is being convened by Dr Fiona McCall and will be of interest to many of our readers. Dr McCall writes:

‘The changes which resulted from the British Civil Wars are often seen as the first modern revolution.  The establishment of a radical protestant regime in 1645, and of the English republic in 1649, were accompanied by profound alterations to the religious, social, cultural, political, financial and legal landscape.   New patterns of consumption and socialisation emerged, along with the first stirrings of a scientific culture.   Some embraced change, in Milton’s words, ‘musing, searching, revolving new notions … trying all things.’  Others were horrified, experiencing these as times of ‘distractions’, madness and trouble, a ‘World Turned Upside Down’.  Historians continue to debate the extent of the social disruption which resulted, and the success or failure of Godly religion.  Yet the consequences and personal experiences of the years which followed the first Civil war are significantly under-researched compared to its causes.  The aim of this conference is to encourage contributions to redress this balance, particularly in relation to social, religious and cultural change (or lack of it) and the general impact on everyday life and on individual experience. The conference is sponsored by funding from the British Academy.  Confirmed keynote speakers are Professor Bernard Capp (University of Warwick) and Dr Angela McShane (Victoria and Albert Museum).’

Call for Papers

The conference is open to scholars at all academic stages. See http://www.port.ac.uk/centre-for-european-and-international-studies-research/events/the-people-all-changed/ for further details.


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