The People All Changed: Religion and Society in Britain in the 1650s

University of Portsmouth, 15-16 July 2016
Please submit proposals of 250-300 words for papers of no more than 20 minutes to Dr Fiona McCall by 30 April 2016.

The changes which resulted from the British Civil Wars are often seen as the first modern revolution. The establishment  of a radical Protestant regime in 1645, and of the English Republic in 1649, were accompanied by profound alterations to the religious, social, cultural, political, financial and legal landscape. Historians continue to debate the extent of the social disruption which resulted, and the success or failure of Godly religion.  Yet in general, the consequences and personal experiences of the years which followed the first Civil war are significantly under-researched compared to its causes. The aim of this conference is to encourage contributions to redress this balance, particularly in relation to social, religious and cultural change (or lack of it) and the general impact on everyday life and on individual experience.

It is sponsored by funding from the British Academy, and keynote speakers are Professor Bernard Capp (University of Warwick) and Dr Angela McShane (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Delegates may submit abstracts on all aspects of this theme, including but not restricted to:

Religious practice, including: parish religion; separatism; loyalist religion and resistance to religious change; personal religious experience
Social and economic structure and change
Material Culture
Personal accounts of this period in diaries, memoirs and correspondence
Popular and elite cultures; relations between rich and poor
Printed and oral cultures
Military and civil culture and society
Subcultures and cultural conflict
Urban and rural society
Pastimes, sports and recreations
Sociability and the reformation of manners
Gender and sexuality
Family and household
Childhood, youth, education and literacy
Criminality and the legal process
Patterns of consumption and commerce
Agriculture and industry
Science and medicine
Superstition and magic
Food and drink

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