Religion and The Life Cycle, 1500-1800

Friday 6 July 2018
Call for papers deadline: 26 January 2018

The Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English (QMCRLE) welcomes proposals for twenty minute papers on the theme ‘Religion and the Life Cycle, 1500-1800’ for a one-day interdisciplinary conference. We interpret the term ‘Life Cycle’ broadly, to include biological transition points such as birth and death, social transition points such as coming of age ritual, marital and employment status, life-stages such as childhood or adolescence, and indeed the passage of time and the process of aging. This conference seeks to explore institutional religious ceremonies and prescriptions relating to the life cycle, as well as more personal and informal religious beliefs and responses.

Suggested topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

  • ‘Rites of passage’ ceremonies such as baptism, circumcision, confirmation
  • Spiritual writing / personal writing / prayer which reflects upon Life-Cycle events
  • Religious prescriptive literature relating to Life-Cycle events
  • Representations of religious Life-Cycle processes within literature, art, or material culture

We welcome papers from all disciplines, and we especially welcome submissions from postgraduate students. Postgraduate bursaries are available. Please send abstracts of up to 300 words and a brief bio to Emily Vine e.m.vine@qmul.ac.uk by 26th January 2018. 

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