In 1985, Patrick Collinson delivered the Stenton lecture on the topic ‘From Iconoclasm to Iconophobia: the Cultural Impact of the Second English Reformation’. Thirty years on, this essay (published in 1986) has gone on to shape a generation of scholarly enquiry into the impact of religion on culture, and of culture on religion, in post-reformation England. The thirtieth anniversary seems a timely point to take stock and re-examine Collinson’s initial thesis, as well as flagging up some of the new directions that study of the areas explored in his lecture (religious drama, songs and ballads, and pictorial art) is taking.
This two-day workshop, which is taking place at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2-3 July 2015, will consider the legacy of Collinson’s seminal article, as well as exploring the most exciting present and future trends in the study of religious drama, songs and ballads, pictorial art and material culture. Confirmed speakers at the event currently include:
Tarnya Cooper (National Portrait Gallery)
Richard Cust (Birmingham)
Ian Green (Edinburgh)
Tara Hamling (Birmingham)
Andrew Morrall (Bard College)
Adam Morton (Newcastle)
Matthew Milner (Toronto)
Helen Pierce (Aberdeen)
Alec Ryrie (Durham)
Laura Sangha (Exeter)
Adrian Streete (Glasgow)
Richard Williams (Royal Collections)
Jonathan Willis (Birmingham)
Lucy Wooding (King’s College, London)
We would like to invite proposals for short papers, and are particularly keen to hear from postgraduate students and early career scholars. Rather than standard research presentations, we are asking for c.15-minute papers which reflect explicitly on Collinson’s article, and how it relates to/has influenced/is challenged by your own work.
Please send abstracts of 200-250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for abstracts has been extended to Friday 1st May.
Further information about registration will be circulated in due course, but we are hoping that all delegates at the conference will present a paper.
Please do circulate information about the workshop to any colleagues or students who you think might be interested.