Dissenters and Evangelicals Day Conference
The Leeds Library, Saturday 6 April 2013, 10.00-17.00
Registration is now open for the Dissenters and Evangelicals day conference at The Leeds Library on Saturday 6 April.
In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, communities of Dissenters and Evangelical Anglicans played a key role in setting the political agenda, transforming literary taste, and founding cultural institutions such as academies and libraries. They included some of the most important intellectuals of the period. This conference will investigate the creative impact of these religious groups. It will take place in the Leeds Library, a proprietary subscription library founded in 1768. During his time as a Dissenting Minister in Leeds, the scientist and theologian Joseph Priestley acted as the Library’s first secretary and second president, and therefore the conference will begin with a panel exploring his significance.
The conference is part of a series of events organised by the AHRC-funded research network, Creative Communities, 1750-1830. The network is based in the School of English at the University of Leeds, in association with the University of Southampton and University College London. The Principal Investigator is Dr David Higgins and the Co-Investigator is Professor John Whale (both University of Leeds).
Confirmed speakers include:
Professor Stephen Bygrave (University of Southampton), ‘“Hallowed by the occasion of the meeting”: Priestley, Barbauld and Community’
Professor Les Woodcock (Priestley Society), ‘Joseph Priestley: Mixing a Religious Faith with Creativity in Science’
Rachel Webster (University of Leeds), ‘In writing to you I feel my heart open’: Hannah More, Spiritual Mentorship and the Abolition of the Slave Trade’
Naomi Billingsley (University of Manchester), ‘Creativity as Community: Images of Christian Activity in Blake’s Biblical Illustrations’
Dr Steven Burley (Dr Williams’s Centre for Dissenting Studies), ‘Religious Toleration and Religious Tension: New College, Hackney and the Unitarians’
Joanna Wharton (University of York), ‘Inscription and Exchange: Barbauld’s Object Poems’
The event will close with a roundtable discussion featuring responses from Professor Jon Mee (University of Warwick) and Professor John Whale (University of Leeds).
Registration is free, but places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
To register, and for any other queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.