Academic journal article Bunyan Studies

'Voicing Dissent in the Long Reformation': The Eighth Triennial Conference of the International John Bunyan Society, to Be Held at Aix-En-Provence, 6-9 July 2016

Academic journal article Bunyan Studies

'Voicing Dissent in the Long Reformation': The Eighth Triennial Conference of the International John Bunyan Society, to Be Held at Aix-En-Provence, 6-9 July 2016

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As President of the International John Bunyan Society, it gives me great pleasure to report that preparations for our eighth Triennial Conference are well under way. The conference is co-organised by a team of colleagues drawn from LERMA (Laboratoire d'Études et de Recherche sur le Monde Anglophone, E.A. 853, Aix-Marseille Université) and IRCL (Institut de Recherche sur la Renaissance, l'Age Classique et les Lumières, UMR 5186, CNRS, University Paul-Valéry, Montpellier), in collaboration with the Institut Protestant de Théologie (Montpellier).

The conference will concentrate on the expression and representation of Protestant Dissent, Nonconformity and Puritanism from about 1500 to about 1800, with an emphasis on the relationship between written and oral cultures. Topics include: preaching, singing and praying; public and private devotion; conferences and disputations; epistolary conversation; religion and politics; rumour and defamation; reading and publishing Dissent; the representation of emotions.

Our plenary speakers will be Alec Ryrie (Durham), Andrew Spicer (Oxford Brookes), Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge), and Helen Wilcox (Bangor). The conference will offer fifty-eight individual papers in sixteen sessions on the following topics:

1. Music, Singing, and the Preaching Voice

2. Voicing the Body: Suffering and Healing

3. Voices of Piety

4. Voicing Ideas: Tolerance, Intolerance, and Early Modern Philosophy

5. Sound and Space

6. Theological Voices

7. The Psychology of Dissent

8. Rhetoric and Silence

9. The Circulation of Dissenting Voices

10. Political Echoes

11. Representing Radicalism

12. The Uses of Manuscript and Print in Moderate Godly Dissent

13. Rewriting/Reusing Bunyan

14. …

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