Academic journal article Bunyan Studies

International John Bunyan Society Regional Day Conference

Academic journal article Bunyan Studies

International John Bunyan Society Regional Day Conference

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Over forty people attended a Regional Day Conference of the International John Bunyan Society held on 10 April 2015 at the Bedford Campus of the University of Bedfordshire on the subject of ?Representing Dissent in the Long Eighteenth Century'. The conference was jointly organised by David Walker (Northumbria University) and myself. Speakers included (in the order in which they spoke): Professor Anne Dunan-Page (Aix-Marseille Université); Jenna Townend (PhD student, Loughborough University); Ed Legón (PhD student, University College London); Professor David Walker (Northumbria University); Dr Alan Argent (Dr Williams's Library); Dr Nicholas Seager (Keele University); Professor Jeffrey Hopes (Université d'Orléans); and Dr Tessa Whitehouse (Queen Mary University of London). Among the audience were academics from over a dozen universities in the UK and France, together with students and members of the public from the local area.

This event was the first in what David and I hope will become a regular series of Regional Day Conferences of IJBS, to be held alternately in Bedford and Newcastle. As I remarked in my introduction, it was appropriate that the inaugural conference should be held in Bedford, as the spiritual home for all scholars of Bunyan and the Dissenting tradition. The theme of the conference was how Dissenters in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries represented themselves and were represented by others during a long period in which they suffered oppression and discrimination because of their refusal to accept that the state had the right to dictate how and where they should worship God. …

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