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New Journal: Studies in Puritanism

Studies in Puritanism, a new,  open access journal, has just been launched, https://www.studiesinpuritanism.org/

About the journal:

“The results of twentieth-century scholarship on Puritanism are diverse and deficient. In fact, it can be argued the diversity is a result of different interpretative frameworks and different aims of the research. The varying frameworks can be characterized as either focused theologically or interdisciplinary with the respective aims of edifying the church or contributing to the field of humanities. Arguably, both are deficient as they lack a broader interpretive framework and aim of research. This proposal advocates for a research framework that is meaningful to both the academy and the church. The Studies in Puritanism Journal is an open-access worldwide interdisciplinary and professionally refereed digital publication that will invite graduate students, scholars, clergy, seminarians, and other readers of Puritanism to submit their articles, book reviews, notes, and documents to the editors for review and online publication. Comments on the reviewed articles will be sent to the author. Once each spring and fall, the editors will select appropriate items for online publication in Studies in Puritanism Journal.

Founding Members

Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (USA), Theological University Apeldoorn (Netherlands), and Queen’s University Belfast (UK)

Editors

Joel R. Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, USA

Crawford Gribben, Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom

Adriaan C. Neele, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary / Yale University, USA

Herman J. Selderhuis, Theological University Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

Editorial Board

John Coffey, University of Leicester, United Kingdom

Lee Gatiss, The Church Society, Cambridge / New College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Johanna Harris, Exeter University, United Kingdom

Michael Haykin, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, USA

Paul C.H. Lim, Vanderbilt University, USA

Anthony Milton, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Kenneth P. Minkema, Yale University, Jonathan Edwards Center, USA

Greg Salazar, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, USA

Alison Searle, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Willem van Vlastuin, Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands”

2018 IJBS Regional Day Conference

REMEMBRANCE AND RE-APPROPRIATION: SHAPING DISSENTING IDENTITIES

A Regional Day Conference of the International John Bunyan Society, organized in association with the University of Bedfordshire, Keele University, and Northumbria University.

Keele University, Staffordshire, Friday 13 April 2018
CALL FOR PAPERS

The purpose of this interdisciplinary conference is to explore seventeenth- and long-eighteenth-century practices of memorialisation and re-appropriation and the ways in which these might be put to work in shaping various dissenting identities. Papers may focus on, for example, the remembrance or re-appropriation of rituals or practices, experiences of persecution, anniversaries, memories, and events (personal or public); conservative vs subversive practices of memorialisation/re-appropriation; the collection and/or re-appropriation of particular texts, authors, or genres (devotional writing, history, biography); the contexts and/or methods for memorialisation/re-appropriation; the use of memorialisation/re-appropriation in the formation and survival of particular dissenting communities. Please send a title and brief (200-word) summary of a 20-minute paper – no later than 1 February 2018 – to: Rachel Adcock (r.c.adcock@keele.ac.uk), Bob Owens (bob.owens@beds.ac.uk), and David Walker (david5.walker@northumbria.ac.uk).

PLENARY SPEAKERS
Professor John Coffey (University of Leicester) – ‘Rewriting the History of Dissent’
Dr Johanna Harris (University of Exeter) – Title tba

REGISTRATION
Attendance is free of charge, but prior registration by 5 March 2018 is essential as numbers are limited. The conference opens at 10.00am, and ends at 5.00pm. Morning and afternoon refreshments and a light lunch will be provided, costing £15 payable on the day.

To register, please email r.c.adcock@keele.ac.uk, david5.walker@northumbria.ac.uk, and bob.owens@beds.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.

International John Bunyan Society: registration for the regional day conference

The registration is open for:

PRISONS AND PRISON WRITING IN EARLY MODERN BRITAIN

A Regional Day Conference of the International John Bunyan Society, organized in association with the University of Bedfordshire, Keele University, and Northumbria University

Northumbria University, Newcastle, Monday 10 April 2017

For the programme and registration details, click here.

Dr Williams’s Library 2017 programme

Wednesday 22nd March, 2017 (5:15pm–6:45pm)

‘Behold, how great a fire a little matter kindleth!’: Dissenting Silver in the Collection of Dr Williams’s Library

Dr Helen Clifford, Curator of Swaledale Museum North Yorkshire

Thursday 4th May, 2017 (4:00pm–7:00pm)

Database Launch: GEMMS: The Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons

Professor Jeanne Shami, Regina

Dr Anne James, Regina

Booking required

Saturday 20th May, 2017 (10:00am–5:00pm)

Conference: Evangelicalism and Dissent

Robert Strivens (London Seminary), ‘Dissent and the Origins of the Evangelical Revival’

Martin Wellings (Wesley Memorial Church, Oxford), ‘Wesleyan Methodism and Dissent’

Timothy Larsen (Wheaton College, Illinois), ‘Congregationalists and Crucicentrism’

John Maiden (Open University), ‘The New Nonconformity’

Booking required

Wednesday 14th June, 2017 (5:15pm–6:45pm)

Professor Ann Hughes, Keele

Title to be announced.

Further details: conference@dwlib.co.uk

The Richard L. Greaves Prize 2016 – won by Alec Ryrie

CoverThe Richard L. Greaves Prize was established in 2004 in honour of the memory of the first president of the International John Bunyan Society and is awarded every three years for an outstanding book-length work of scholarship devoted to the history, literature, thought, practices and legacy of Anglophone Protestantism to 1700. Many congratulations to Alec Ryrie, who won the 2016 prize for his monograph Being Protestant in Reformation Britain (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Publisher’s note: ‘Beginning from the surprisingly urgent, multifaceted emotions of Protestantism, Ryrie explores practices of prayer, of family and public worship, and of reading and writing, tracking them through the life course from childhood through conversion and vocation to the deathbed. He examines what Protestant piety drew from its Catholic predecessors and contemporaries, and grounds that piety in material realities such as posture, food and tears. This perspective shows us what it meant to be Protestant in the British Reformations: a meeting of intensity (a religion which sought authentic feeling above all, and which dreaded hypocrisy and hard-heartedness) with dynamism (a progressive religion, relentlessly pursuing sanctification and dreading idleness). That combination, for good or ill, gave the Protestant experience its particular quality of restless, creative zeal.’

Conference – ‘The Rethinking of Religious Belief’

The 2017 conference of the International Society for Intellectual History (ISIH) will take place at the American University in Bulgaria, 30 May – 1 June 2017. The conference is titled ‘The Rethinking of Religious Belief in the Making of Modernity’. Keynote speakers include Wayne Hudson, Michael Hunter, Jonathan Israel, and Lyndal Roper. Proposals for 20-minute individual papers are welcome. Proposals for panels, consisting of three 20-minute papers, are also welcome. Paper and panel proposals are welcome both from ISIH members and scholars who are not members of the Society. The language of the conference is English: all speakers are supposed to deliver their papers in English. Papers and panels may concentrate on any period, region, tradition or discipline relevant to the conference theme. For further details on how to apply through the onine submission form, please visit the conference page on the ISIH website.

QMUL CRLE Seminar – Veronica O’Mara – ‘Saints’ Lives for East Anglian Nuns: From C15 to C18′

All are welcome to this third seminar of the Centre for Religion and Literature in English at Queen Mary University of London:

Time: Wednesday 6 July 2016, 5.15-6.45pm
Place: Lock-Keeper’s Cottage Graduate Centre, Westfield Way, Queen Mary University of London, E1 4NS

Dr Veronica O’Mara (Hull), ‘Saints’ Lives for East Anglian Nuns: From the Medieval Period to the Eighteenth Century’

This paper will focus on a collection of twenty-two Middle English saints’ lives from the end of the fifteenth century that are currently being edited by Virginia Blanton (University of Missouri-Kansas City) and Veronica O’Mara (University of Hull). These lives, all but two of which concern women, are a complex mixture of native English and international saints whose sources may be partly identified. They survive in a single manuscript that was owned in the eighteenth century by a recusant family in Norfolk, a family that sent its daughters to be professed on the continent in the post-Dissolution period. This unique collection, which may be associated with a range of East Anglian convents and was at one time owned by a member of the royal family, provides links between medieval Catholic England and eighteenth-century England, between Norfolk and the capital, between Europe and England.