Circulating the Word of God in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Transformative Preaching in Manuscript and Print (c. 1450 to c. 1550)

25-27 March 2017
The Nidd Building (Nidd Seminar Rooms I and 2) The University of Hull, Hull, HU6 7RX

Held under the auspices of the Andrew Marvell Centre
for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, The University of Hull,
and the Ruusbroecgenootschap, UniversiteitAntwerpen

This conference will demonstrate how the sermon, a pivotal element in mass communication, shaped the people of Europe. Marking 550 years since the first printed sermon collection (1467) and 500 years from the start of the Reformation (1517), the focus will be on sermons as catalysts for change that were themselves altering dynamically in response to the new age of print. Driven by the urgent requirement for comparative research across particular chronological, geographical, and linguistic boundaries, the conference will concentrate on how the sermon individualistically crossed the so-called binary divides (at different rates and with variable effects) between Latin and the vernaculars; manuscript and print; Catholicism and Protestantism; and public and private, at a time of great religious ferment from the advent of print (1450) to the death of Martin Luther (1546).

Registration: £40 (including refreshments and lunches); £30 for postgraduates (including refreshments and lunches). There will also be a conference dinner and afternoon tea (at a cost of c. £20 to £25 combined).

To register:; closing date for registration: 1 March 2017.

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