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Region, Religion and Early Modern Literature (UK)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0628  Wednesday, 5 November 2008

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Date:       Monday, 3 Nov 2008 12:41:14 -0000
Subject:    Region, Religion and Early Modern Literature (UK): Postgraduate 
Travel Bursaries Available

Region, Religion and Early Modern Literature: A One-Day Conference
Institute of English Studies, University of London
2 April 2009

Keynote Speakers: Tom Healy, Willy Maley

Confirmed Speakers include: Rebecca Bailey, Francisco J. Borge, Jan Frans van 
Dijkhuizen, Helen Hackett

Thanks to the generous support of the Society for Renaissance Studies, a number 
of postgraduate travel bursaries are available for postgraduates wishing to 
participate in this event. Preference will be given to those postgraduates 
speaking at the conference; to this end, the conference organiser is 
republishing the CFP (see below), and interested postgraduate students are 
requested to submit a proposal by 28 November 2008. Further information is 
available from the conference organiser.

Call For Papers: The first decade of the twenty-first century has witnessed an 
explosion of interest in religious texts and communities among scholars of early 
modern literature. While this is in part a reaction to global politics - 
religious politics have been in the media spotlight for the best part of the 
decade - the intensity of the interest also derives from more local concerns, 
from a professional dissatisfaction with the failure of earlier generations of 
historicist critics to illuminate fully the relationship between religion and 
literature in the early modern period.

This one-day conference aims to build on this renewed interest in early modern 
religion, to explore the significance of 'regional' religious and/or textual 
communities in early modern Britain and Ireland. Papers are sought which address 
the conference themes, although contributions will be particularly welcome which 
focus on any of the following: the development of sectarian identities and/or 
religious intolerance; the relationship between the 'religious' and the 
'secular'; the network of discourses surrounding religion, ethnicity and culture 
which emerge in the early modern period and/or their links with contemporary 
issues; the regional context of both canonical writers and lesser-known texts 
and communities; the political/intellectual implications of critical/historical 
methodology.

250-300 word proposals should be sent to the conference organiser by 28 November 
2008.

Conference Organiser: Dr David Coleman, School of Arts and Humanities, 
Nottingham Trent University, UK (
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Enquiries: Jon Millington, Events Officer, Institute of English Studies, Senate 
House, Malet Street, London WC1 7HU; tel +44 (0) 207 664 4859; email 

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Dr David Coleman
Lecturer in Early Modern Literature
Nottingham Trent University, UK

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