Holy Heritage: Covenanters in the Atlantic World, ed. by Jane McGaughey (University of Notre Dame NEH Irish Studies Fellow 2009-10) and Joseph Moore (UNC Greensboro).
This edited collection aims to examine the historical legacies of the 1638 National Covenant, the 1643 Solemn League and Covenant and the 1912 Ulster Solemn League and Covenant within the Atlantic World for the past three hundred years. It will bring together ten scholars from diverse institutional and cultural contexts in order to explore how the various Covenants have shaped political, social and cultural beliefs in Ireland, Scotland, Canada, America and Great Britain. We would also welcome any proposals dealing with the covenanting legacy and continental Europe, in particular the Netherlands.
Each essay should explore the heritage of peoples “of the covenant” in the Atlantic world. In each century the subjects of these works interpreted, reinterpreted and applied this piety to the most important social problems of the day: religious schism and union, slavery and freedom, manliness and empire. The nature of this sacred obligation was related to the power structures of different nations, races, and social situations. For three centuries the myth-bearing legacy of the 1639 and 1643 Covenants informed religious and political sentiment across place and time in the Atlantic World. This collection seeks to add insights into why that was and encourage scholarly discussion in the years ahead about what it means across geographic boundaries of the discipline.
Possible contributors should e-mail their ABSTRACT proposal (not more than 500 words) and C.V. to Jane.G.McGaughey.firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 7 May, 2010. In particular, the editors are looking for contributors (including doctoral students) who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or landed immigrants. Final contributions should be 8,000 – 10,000 words.
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