In the spring and fall semesters of 2011, Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, will host a series of events commemorating the 400th anniversary of the King James Version (1611) of the Bible. As part of that commemoration the university will host an interdisciplinary academic conference September 30-October 1, 2011. The conference will include plenary addresses, break-out paper sessions, roundtables, and a banquet. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. David Bebbington of the University of Stirling, Scotland.
Individual paper submissions from university faculty, independent scholars, and graduate students are welcome and may cover a wide range of topics related to the KJV. For individual submissions: Send name, one page paper abstract, and short vitae.
Panel submissions (3 papers) are encouraged but not required. For panel submissions send names of presenters, one page panel abstract, one page abstracts for each paper, and short vitas for each participant. If you have someone in mind to comment and/or chair the panel, please send his/her name and affiliation with the submission.
Note: This is an academic conference with no interest in papers arguing for a KJV only agenda.
Possible topic suggestions include but are not limited to
The creation of the King James Bible
The history of the printing and dissemination of the King James Bible
King James Bible and Protestantism
Immediate and later reception of the King James Bible
Political use of the King James Bible
Cultural influence of the King James Bible
King James Bible as Literature
Influence of the King James Bible on Literature
The influence of the King James Bible on other translations of the Bible
King James Bible and Textual Criticism
The King James Bible and the formation of American Culture
Or other broader Bible topics with relevance to the KJV
Send materials and inquiries to Dr. Brenda Ayres, firstname.lastname@example.org by May 10, 2011.
Dr. Brenda Ayres
Dept. of English
1971 Univ. Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24502
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