IJBS Regional Day Conference, Loughborough 2019


We are delighted to announce the CFP for the 2019 Day Conference of the IJBS that will take place this year at Loughborough University on Friday 5 April 2019.

This one-day conference looks to produce discussion of the varied ways that work impacted on the lives and writings of early modern Nonconformists and, in turn, on their spiritual practices. It will consider not only paid work or income-generating activities, but also necessarily the ministry and acts of church charity as forms of work. How does a knowledge of an individual’s employment inform how we respond to their religious writings and practices? What is the relationship between labour and faith? How is collective welfare interpreted? Papers may focus on, for example, character studies of honest labourers, or their counterpart, the slothful; working practices and living conditions of Nonconformists and their families, including in prison; pastoralism and charity – the church’s duty of care as depicted inNonconformist writings; mobility and/or displacement; urbanisation and otherchanges to traditional or rural practices; work and Calvinism or work andelection; work as metaphor and praxis.

Please send a title and brief (250-word)summary of a 20-minute paper – no later than 15 February 2019 – to: Catie Gill: c.j.gill@lboro.ac.uk

Plenary Speakers

Professor Thomas N. Corns (Bangor University)

Dr John Rees (Goldsmiths, University of London)


Attendanceis free of charge, but priorregistration by 1 March 2019 isessential as numbers are limited. The conference opens at 10.00am, and ends at5.00pm. Morning and afternoon refreshments and a light lunch will be provided,costing £15 payable on the day. To register, please email c.j.gill@lboro.ac.uk giving details of name; title; affiliation; postal and email addresses; and any dietary requirements. We may be able to offer modest financial assistance with travel costs of postgraduate students whose papers are accepted. If you wish to be considered for assistance, in addition to sending the title and outline of your proposed paper, please explain briefly why you would need help with travel costs.

Anne Page

Anne Dunan-Page is Professor of early modern British studies at Aix-Marseille University

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