We would like to invite you to the following conference: 'Material Religion in Modern Britain and her Worlds' June 8th and June 9th. The conference will be held on the University of Glamorgan Cardiff campus. The conference is FREE but you are asked to register by emailing me at email@example.com. We are able to offer a limited number of postgraduate travel bursaries.
This two-day symposium will explore material cultures of religious belief and faith in modern Britain. As Birgit Meyer, David Morgan, Crispin Paine and S. Brent Plate have recently pointed out, studying material objects provides us with an alternative evidence base in the study of modern religious belief (Birgit Meyer et al; 2011). Yet few attempts have yet been made to do so. While many scholars now concede that Britainís religious landscape is more varied and rich than the narrative of secularisation allows, a tendency remains in the historiography of religion to privilege written sources over material manifestations of religion. This means that all sorts of belief practices have been overlooked. Analysing the material past, we propose, will provide scholars with new and exciting ways of understanding the apparently fraught relationship between modernity and religion. As Jane Bennett points out, objects are culture constructions and lead active lives in our social and cultural landscape. Religious historians have too often been guilty of adopting an implicitly Protestant binary (set up in opposition to Catholicism) in which words are privileged over objects. Yet everyday cultures of Protestant belief in Britain relied on all kinds of material cultures which sustained religion in an age of uncertainty.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tim Jones (email@example.com).
Dr Lucinda Matthews-Jones
Lecturer in Modern British History
Liverpool John Moores
68 Hope Street,
Liverpool, L1 9HW
Telephone: 01152315081 ext: 5081
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