Lived Religion in Europe 1500-1800: Individual and Communal Practice
15-16 October 2021, online
Since 2017, the Centre for the English-Speaking World (LERMA) at Aix-Marseille Université and the Centre for Religion and Literature in English (QMCRLE) at Queen Mary University of London have jointly hosted a series of study days to explore the complex notion of lived religion in perspective across borders, in theory and practice, and through its relationship with the book as well as the visual arts.
This conference will conclude this four-year cycle and aims to consider communal and individual aspects of lived religion over the early modern period, broadly defined. The conference will explore the more private aspects of lived religion, in the intimacy of personal and domestic practice; looking to show the multi-faceted nature of the concept, it will discuss lived religion through the scope of the study of emotions, but will also emphasise the materiality of religious practice. As the focus widens from the individual to the communal, papers will evoke confessional encounters and the interactions between people of different faiths, particularly between various forms of western Christianity and Judaism.
The panels will investigate the ways in which lived religion can be used by historians and literary critics to make sense of the religious past in both lay and religious contexts.
The structure of the conference
Since this is an online event, it will be organized around a structure and timing which is meant to accommodate the virtual format; there will be, therefore, notable differences from a conventional conference. The organisers have adopted a ‘long conference’ approach.
Papers prepared by panellists will be circulated to registered participants by 15 September. The conference sessions will then begin with 40 minutes of short summaries of the pre-circulated papers and discussion between the speakers focused on two or three key questions, followed by a 40-minute Q&A/discussion involving all participants.
There will be two dedicated sessions for early career researchers to present 5-minute talks based on posters highlighting key areas of their research. The short talks will be followed by 40 minutes of Q&A/discussion.
Each day of the conference will end with a traditional plenary paper, with the speaker delivering live a 30-minute paper, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A/discussion.