Conference fees and accommodation:
£40 for the three days or £15 a day
Campus accommodation and meals can also be arranged.
Thursday, 12 July 2001
1.30-2.00: Welcome to the Popular Culture and Religion Conference
2.00-3.00: Keynote Speaker: Prof. Claire Cross
‘Popular Religion, the People and the English Reformation’
(History Department. University of York)
3.15-4.45: Concurrent Sessions
[a] Baptism and Burials
[i] Maddy Grey
‘The burial of the unbaptised in post-Reformation Wales’
(History Department. University of Newport)
[ii] Eryn Mant-White
‘Baptisms, Burials and Brawls: Church and Community in eighteenth-century Wales’ (History Department. University of Wales, Aberystwyth).
[iii] John McCarthy
‘Popular Spiritualism and Social Identity in Antebellum Philadelphia: African-Influenced Burial Practices at the First African Baptist Church Cemeteries’ (University of Wales, Lampeter & Sr. Associate, Applied Archaeology & History Associates, Inc. Annapolis, Maryland USA)
[b] Quakers and Writing
[i] Catie Gill
‘Sorting the Sheep from the Wolves: Prophets and False Prophets as depicted in the writings of Quakers and their opponents (1650-1660) (Department of English and Drama. Loughborough University)
[ii] Camilla Leach
‘Advice for parents and books for children: Quaker women and educational texts for the Christian home, 1789-1850’ (History Department. King Alfred’s College, Winchester).
[iii] Sheila Wright
‘Representations of home and family in Quaker Women’s writings 1740-1820’ (Dept. of Continuing Education. University of York).
5.00-6.30: Concurrent Sessions
[a] Welsh Culture and Religion
[i] Cathryn Charnell-White
‘Faust and his fortunes in the eighteenth-century Welsh ballad’ (Welsh Department, University of Wales, Lampeter)
[ii] David Ceri Jones
‘The Welsh Methodists and the first evangelical magazines c.1740-48’ (The University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth).
[iii] Paul O’Leary
‘Popular Protestantism and the paradoxes of anti-Catholicism in nineteenth-century Wales’ (History Department. University of Wales, Aberystwyth).
[b] ‘From Punk to Sunk’: Popular Culture in Music and Film
[i] Lane Van Ham
‘Connections between the archetypal ‘sacred clown’ or ‘holy fool’ and the ethos of early (late-1970s) punk’. (Comparative Culture and Literary Studies, University of Arizona)
[ii] Chris Deacy
‘Integration and Rebirth through confrontation: Fight Club & American Beauty as contemporary religious parables.’ (Leverhulme Research Fellow Dept. of Theology & Religious Studies University of Lampeter).
[iii] Alan Roberts
‘‘That sinking feeling’: the archetypal folktale elements and structure in James Cameron’s 1998 film ‘Titanic’ (Continuing Education Department. Liverpool University).
Friday, 13 July 2001
9.30-10.30: Keynote Speaker: Prof. Ted Royle.
‘Why the Evangelical Revival? Some suggested answers from Yorkshire’ (History Department. University of York)
10.45-12.15: Concurrent Sessions
[a] Quakers in the Eighteenth Century
[i] Erin Bell
‘Quakers and Popular Culture in Durham c1660-1725’ (History Department. University of York).
[ii] Jeanne-Henriette Louis
‘From a prophets’ culture to the birth of Quakerism in Languedoc in the 18th century.’ (University of Orleans, France).
[iii] Sylvia Stevens
‘Voyages and ‘a good many curiosities’. The late-eighteenth century diary of a Norfolk Quaker sailor, John Secker…’ (Centre for Quaker Studies. University of Sunderland).
[b] Irish Religious practices and Cultural Influences
[i] Andrea Knox
‘Magical and Prophetical Women in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Ireland’ (History Department. University of Northumbria).
[ii] Don MacRaild
‘Irish migrants and ethnic culture in later 19th century Britain’ (History Department. University of Northumbria).
[iii] Philip O’Neill
‘Catholicism in the contemporary northern Irish novel’ (English Department. University of Northumbria).
2.00-3.00: Keynote Speaker: Prof. Jerry Frost
‘Changes in moral outlook (particularly upon sexual morality) among 20th century liberal American Quakers’. (History Department. Swarthmore College Pennsylvania
3.15-4.45: Concurrent Session
[a] Magic and alternative forms of religious practice
[i] Brian Hoggard
‘The Archaeology of Folk Magic’ (History Department. University of Southampton).
[ii] David Harley
‘The learned doctrine of demonic possession vs. the popular concept of bewitchment’ (Dept. of History. University of Notre Dame Indiana).
[iii] Soili-Maria Eklund
‘Blasphemy in Early Modern Sweden (1680-1789): Popular beliefs between God and the Devil’ (Department of Historical Studies. University of Umeå. Sweden).
[b]Inspirational actions and words and ‘Speaking in Tongues’
[i] Patricia Hillen
‘The influence of Eastern religious thought and practice, including Buddhism, Yoga and Meditation on American Popular culture’ (English Department. Penn State University).
[ii] Kenneth Holmqvist & Jaroslav Pluciennik
‘An overview of the rhetoric of the sublime in popular culture’ (Dept. of Cognitive Science. Lund University, Sweden; Department of Theory of Literature, Theatre and Film. University of Lodz, Poland)
[iii] Martin Ramey
‘Speaking in Tongues Deciphered: The Social Anthropology of the Charismatic Movement’ (School of Languages, Linguistics and Literary Studies. University of Luton).
5.00-6.30: Concurrent Session
[a] Colonial Culture and habitation
[i] Majid Amini
‘Religious Identity: Myth or Reality?' (Department of History and Philosophy. University of West Indies, Barbados).
[ii] Rhobert Tyler
‘Culture maintenance in relation to levels of exogamy amongst the Welsh community in the Australian gold town of Ballarat in the second half of the nineteenth century’. (History Department. University of Melbourne).
[iii] Lauri Ramey
‘You can shake it, You can break it, You can hang it on a tree: The African-American Spirituals and Cultural erasure.’ (Creative Writing Programme Director. University of Luton)
[b]The religious experiences of young males in popular fiction
[i] Paul Wright
‘The next big adventure’: Harry Potter and Religion’ (School of English. Trinity College, Carmarthen).
[ii] Terry Trueman
Reading from Stuck in Neutral (HarperCollins, USA, 2000; Hodder&Stoughton, 2001) (Spokane Falls Community College, USA).
Saturday, 14 July 2001
9.30-11.00: Concurrent Sessions
[a] Fashioning a ‘voice’ for women
[i] Robbie Smith
‘To the Priests and People’: Women Speaking, Spirit and Gender in the Early Quaker Movement’ (History Department University of Lancaster)
[ii] Hilary Fawcett
‘Fashion, Femininity and Identity in the 1960s: Memoirs of a Catholic Girlhood’ (History of Art, Design and Film, University of Northumbria).
[b] ‘The beginning of the end’? : Popular religious interpretations of illness and eschatology
[i] Clark Lawlor
‘Consumption and popular religion in the seventeenth century’ (English Department. University of Northumbria).
[ii] Jill Steward
‘Mein Wasser Kur [My Water Cure]: pilgrimage and cure in 19th century Austria’.
(History of Art Department. University of Northumbria).
[iii] Raymond Barber
‘The End is at hand: Eschatology in Popular Literature for Adolescents’ (Director of Libraries. The William Penn Charter School. Philadelphia.)
11.15-12.45: Concurrent Sessions
[a] Religious experiences of men and women: Personal accounts and fiction
[i] Christina Devlin
‘Your eyes shall see glory’: Popular discourses and religious doctrine in The Extraordinary Life and Christian Experience of Margaret Davidson (1782) (University of Chicago)
[ii] Teri Doerksen.
‘Feminism, Faith, and the Future: Representations of Religion in Contemporary Feminist Speculative Fiction’ (Language and Literature Department. Mansfield University of Pennsylvania)
[iii] Rosemary Moore
‘Quaker versifiers during the Restoration Period’ (Independent
[b] Theories of a ‘new age’
[i] Steven Sutcliffe.
‘Deconstructing ‘New Age’ in contemporary culture’ (Religious Studies Subject Group. University of Sunderland)
[ii] William Redwood
‘The New Age and Neo-Pagan Movements: Popular Culture, Subculture and (un)Popular Postmodernism’ (University of London)
[iii] James Gregory
‘‘Some account of the progress of the truth as it is in Jesus’: The White Quakers of Ireland, c. 1840-1850’ (History Department. University of Southampton).
2.00-3.00. Meeting to discuss future Popular Culture and Religion Conferences and nominations for committee members
Dr. Richard Allen
‘Nationalising Taste’ Research Fellow
School of Humanities
Room 101 Squires Building
University of Northumbria at Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne
Phone: 0191 2273990
Fax no: 0191 2274187
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