Reading, Writing and Religion 1660-1830
Saturday 7th December
Queen Mary, University of London
Details of the day’s programme are available below. Attendance is free, but places are limited so please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 3rd December.
We will be on the Queen Mary campus in Mile End, in the Lock-keeper’s Cottage (42 on this campus map: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/docs/about/26065.pdf).
Travel instructions to QMUL: take the Hammersmith and City, District or Central Line to Mile End. Exit tube station, turn left down Mile End Road, cross Burdett Road, go under the Mile End Green Bridge (a large yellow bridge), over the canal, and the college is on the right. Enter East Gate, and the Lock-Keeper’s Cottage is the brightly-coloured second building on the right.
10.15am Registration and tea
10.35am -12.15pm Panel 1 Writing Religion: Prose, Prayer and Music
Isabel Rivers ‘Approaches and questions for scholars of religion and literature: A personal view’
Gareth Atkins ‘Writers and readers of evangelical biography, c. 1780-1830′
Sabine Volk-Birke ‘Prayer in performance: Milton’s psalms in Handel’s and Hamilton’s Occasional Oratorio’
Miranda Stanyon ‘Music and the miraculous in Bodmer’s and Breitinger’s writing’
Chair: Tessa Whitehouse
12.30pm – 1.30pm Reading group: Gender, Reading and Writing
Some short pieces of reading will be circulated in advance (copies will also be available on the day). We invite speakers and attendees to bring along further materials or ideas for discussion.
1.30pm – 2.30pm Lunch break
Please note that lunch won’t be provided – we’ll plan to continue our discussions at one of the many cafes on the Queen Mary campus, or there’s a common room in the Lock-keeper’s Cottage if you wish to bring sandwiches.
2.30pm – 3.40pm Panel 2 Women’s Uses of Religious Writing
Cindy Aalders ‘She instructs and may reform my heart’: Women reading together in the letters and diary of Catherine Talbot
Angharad Eyre ‘Serving the Cause of the Redeemer: Women’s Missionary Writing’
Victoria Van Hyning ‘Drowning Together: Prioress Winefrid Thimelby Wants to Die’
Caroline Bowden ‘Forming book collections in exile: pragmatic solutions for the religious life’
Chair: Laura Davies
3.40pm – 4.00pm Tea break
4.00pm – 5.00pm Quickfire work-in-progress presentations
Alison Searle ‘Religious Nonconformity and Performance in Britain (c. 1620-1680)’
Simon Lewis ‘An exploration of early anti-Methodist literature, with particular reference to The Mock-Preacher, c.1739-c.1751’
Peter Forsaith William Beckford’s ‘religion’
Joanna Wharton ‘Associationism and Embodied Reading Practices in Barbauld’s Hymns in Prose’
Chair: Emma Salgard Cunha
5.00pm – 5.30pm Open floor for closing discussion
5.30pm Everyone is welcome to join us for drinks in a local pub