Regents Park College, University of Oxford, 16th March 2013
” Religious Purpose in Eighteenth-Century Literature”
This day colloquium (1pm-6pm
Saturday 16th March) builds on the success of a roundtable event at the BSECS
Conference this January. The aim of the colloquium is to bring together
interested researchers keen to participate in a discussion of the value of
literary-critical approaches to religious writing.
We encourage participants to ask new questions of eighteenth-century
texts which might broadly be categorised as ‘religious’. In particular, we seek
to generate discussion around issues of central literary significance –
authority, intention and purposiveness – as they emerge within the special
circumstances and contexts of religious writing. Furthermore, we hope to
identify points of connection and disjunction between such writing and wider
The structure of the colloquium will be fairly informal, and designed to
promote conversation and productive exchange of ideas.
We therefore invite scholars
who wish to participate to submit a brief proposal for either: a short (5-10
minute) presentation or a longer (20 minute) paper. Our intention is to allow
participants to present both work in progress and ideas about future research
directions, as well as close readings and case studies relevant to the wider
topic. Participants may wish to share abstracts and/or material for circulation
on the day and on our website. We hope to use the colloquium as a springboard
for further collaborative endeavours, including publication.
Further details of the
previous roundtable and suggested topics for presentation can be found on our
website: http://writingandreligion.wordpress.com/ or by contacting the
organisers Laura Davies and Emma Salgård Cunha on the email below.
Please submit abstracts by
5th March to firstname.lastname@example.org.