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12th Annual Association of Adaptation Studies

12th Annual Association of Adaptation Studies

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Hosted by the Centre for Adaptations, this two-day conference is the 12m in the Association's history and focuses on the theme of 'returns'. The Association of Adaptation Studies Annual Conference will return to its roots in the Centre for Adaptations, De Montfort University, Leicester, where it hosted the Association's inaugural conference. The focus will be on 'returns' and, as Linda Hutcheon has argued, 'return' does not necessarily mean 'regression'. Topics are invited on all aspects of adaptations and those with an emphasis on homecomings, returns, remakes and re-fashioning will be especially welcome.

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Martin Luther and the East Midlands 30 September 2017

Martin Luther and the East Midlands 30 September 2017

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The conference is a one day public history and archaeology conference to mark the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Reformation in Europe and Britain. It examines the impact of the Reformation on religion, society and culture in the East Midlands.

Date 30 September 2017

Location: De Montfort University, Leicester.

Martin Luther and the East Midlands

30 September 2017 10-5

De Montfort University, Leicester

A one day public history and archaeology conference to mark the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Reformation in Europe and Britain.

Speakers include:

Dr Stephen Bates (Univ of Warwick) The Virgin Mary and the Reformation in the East Midlands.

Professor John Beckett & Dr Chris Brooke (Univ of Nottingham). The Parish Church in the Sixteenth Century: the Southwell and Nottingham Church History Project

Richard Buckley (ULAS), Excavations at Leicester Abbey

Sylvia Gill (Univ of Birmingham), Chantry Priests of the East and West Midlands

Paula McBride (Univ of Bristol), Witchcraft in the East Midlands

Dr Deirdre O’Sullivan (Univ of Leicester), Friars, Friaries and the Reformation. For information contact Professor Elizabeth Tingle at elizabeth.tingle@dmu.ac.uk

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Soul Travel: Spiritual Journeys and Sacred Voyages in Early Modern Europe – 14 September 2017

Soul Travel: Spiritual Journeys and Sacred Voyages in Early Modern Europe – 14 September 2017

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Hosted jointly by History at DMU and at the University of Chester, the purpose of this one-day colloquium is an exploration of spiritual and interior pilgrimages and journeys, understood broadly, in early modern Europe, across confessional and religious boundaries. 

Date:14 September 2017

Location: De Montfort University, Leicester.

In recent years, scholars have been increasingly interested in recovering personal spiritual experiences and their representation in the early modern period. Personal spirituality has been one important lens through which scholars have scrutinised the nature of religious change in this period and its impact on communities and regions. One of the most enduring historiographical debates has centred upon the ‘rise’ of the individual as an autonomous, consciously-expressed self in the Reformation era. Linked to this has been the relationship between personal, interiorized spirituality and external actions. Already in the fifteenth century, Franciscan and Carthusian practices and Devotio moderna traditions encouraged withdrawal, self-examination and mental prayer. The growth of interiority, it is argued, augmented further, during and after the Reformation. For example, John Bossy’s interpretation of the transformation of early modern Catholicism, from a communitarian to an individual and personal faith, has been enormously influential, the purpose of devotion becoming reconciliation to God rather than obligation to the community.

The purpose of this one-day colloquium is to examine a particular manifestation of interiority and its relationship to material experience: that of the spiritual journey or pilgrimage. This could take the form of an imagined real journey, such as Louis Richeome’s The Pilgrim of Loreto or an allegorical voyage such as John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.  This meeting has as its objective an exploration of spiritual and interior journeys, understood broadly.

We would like to bring together theologians, literary scholars and historians, to discuss the nature, construction and evolution of the variety of spiritual journeys, across confessional and religious boundaries. We seek proposals for 25 minute papers on any aspect of spiritual journeys. Themes might include (but are not limited to):

  • Pilgrimage: Local, Global and Virtual
  • Sacred Voyages, Affect and the Senses
  • Pilgrims, Sacred Landscapes and Travel
  • Spiritual Autobiography, Conversion Narratives and the ‘Self’
  • Writing Lives: Spiritual Biography and Hagiography
  • Interiority and Meditative Literature

An abstract of 250 words should be sent by 30 April 2017 to Elizabeth Tingle: Elizabeth.tingle@dmu.ac.uk

Organisers:

Dr Jenny Hillman, University of Chester

Professor Elizabeth Tingle, De Montfort University, Leicester

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