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Reformation Migration and Exile

Reformation, Migration and Exile

Apr 06, 2021 - Apr 08, 2021

Reformation, Migration and Exile

Time Tue Apr 06 2021 at 02:00 pm to Thu Apr 08 2021 at 03:00 pm

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If residential option is possible: Westminster College, Madingley Road, Cambridge, United Kingdom

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27th Annual Conference

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27th Annual Conference (online)

Themes of migration and exile are written deep into the Judaeo-Christian tradition. The Pentateuch tells the story of the migration of the Patriarchs to the Promised Land of Canaan, of the exodus and wilderness wanderings. The Babylonian Exile of the sixth-century BC and the promise of return shapes the later literature of the Old Testament, while the New Testament describes Christians as ‘strangers and pilgrims’ here on earth. 

2020 marked 400 years since the Pilgrim Fathers set sail on The Mayflower, heading to the New World in search of religious liberty. The Puritan settlers who travelled westwards in the Great Migration of the early and middle decades of the seventeenth century did so in search of religious liberty which would free them to establish ideal Christian community. Inspired by this anniversary, this conference will explore themes of migration and exile across the Reformation. Papers might consider the people or communities that moved in response to religious change, persecution or conflict, exploring the experience of displacement and exile, and the ways in which that experience shaped belief, practice and identity. 

Equally, they might explore the theme more conceptually. Alex Walsham has discussed religious change across the sixteenth- and seventeenth-centuries in terms of ‘migrations of the holy’. Papers might, therefore, discuss how beliefs and practices migrated from one theological framework to another, or the ways in which texts and ideas moved across geographical, chronological or confessional boundaries. Consideration might be given to how biblical narratives and themes of migration and exile were treated in the scholarship, commentary, preaching and devotion of the various churches of the Reformation.

Leading us in our consideration of these themes will be:

Liesbeth Corens (Queen Mary University London),Crawford Gribben (Queen's University Belfast), Polly Ha (University of East Anglia)Graeme Murdock (Trinity College Dublin).

As always, papers which reflect the current work of participants, regardless of their relevance to the theme, are welcome. The conference is always particularly keen to hear communications from postgraduate and early career scholars.

Proposed paper titles together with an abstract (100-150 words) should be submitted by 15 January 2021 to Charlotte Methuen (Y2hhcmxvdHRlICEgbWV0aHVlbiB8IGdsYXNnb3cgISBhYyAhIHVr). Registrations must be received by 15 February 2021, either by the booking form (available from Charlotte Methuen or via or via Eventbrite.

Bursaries will be available for postgraduate students or early career scholars without a full time post. For further information, contact Professor Charlotte Methuen.

The conference will take place on-line or in hybrid mode. A final decision about making available a residential option will be made in January 2021.

Registrations via Eventbrite automatically include the 2021 membership fee.


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Full conference attendance (online - member) GBP 60
Full conference attendance (online non-member) GBP 70
Full conference attendance (online - grad student) GBP 40
Tuesday sessions (online) GBP 20
Wednesday morning sessions (online) GBP 20
Wednesday afternoon sessions (online) GBP 20
Thursday sessions (online) GBP 20
Membership for one year GBP 10
Subscription to Reformation and Renaissance Review GBP 30
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Tue Apr 06 2021 at 02:00 pm to Thu Apr 08 2021 at 03:00 pm
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