CFP: New Directions in the History of Liturgy (Deadline: 22 March 2024)

CALL FOR PAPERS: New Directions in the History of Liturgy (Deadline: 22 March 2024)

Senate House, London, Saturday 18 May, 10am-5pm    

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Proposals are sought for 5-minute lightning presentations (max. 3 powerpoint slides) on new research in the history of liturgy, as part of a study day organised by the IHR’s History of Liturgy seminar. The organisers are keen to hear from scholars from across the disciplines whose research engages with histories of communal religious worship, whether by means of its texts, spaces, rituals, meanings, or material traces.

Although the seminar’s primary focus is on liturgical traditions of medieval and early modern Western Europe, we warmly encourage proposals from researchers who engage with other chronologies, geographies or religious traditions, and/or the interfaces between them. Individuals at a late-doctoral or early career stage are particularly encouraged to apply.

The study day will also feature themed sessions on the topic of ‘Narratives in and of the Medieval Office’, hosted in collaboration with the AHRC-funded project ‘Music in the Shadows: Staging Medieval Night Worship, 800-1300’ (University of Nottingham), and an open panel discussion on new directions in the field.

Confirmed speakers include Margot Fassler (Notre Dame and Yale), Jesse Billett (Toronto) and Susan Rankin (Cambridge).

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All are welcome. Registration is free of charge, but pre-booking is required via (booking will open in April). Refreshments will be provided. Attendees are responsible for funding their own transport and accommodation costs.

Abstracts(150-200 words) and a brief biography(50 words), should be addressed to by Friday 22 March 2024.

Organising committee: Henry Parkes (Nottingham), Sarah Hamilton (Exeter), Helen Gittos (Oxford), Erik Niblaeus (Cambridge), Tessa Webber (Cambridge), Fraser McNair (Nottingham).

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The History of Liturgy seminar acknowledges the support of the Institute of Historical Research and the Henry Bradshaw Society.