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Seventeenth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research

Parish Petition


Online Registration (closing on 30 April 2019)
University of Warwick
Humanities Building
Saturday 18 May 2019

Co-organized by Beat Kümin (Warwick/U.K.)
and Malin Lennartsson (Linnaeus/Sweden)


Our annual one-day symposium will take place on the university's central campus near Coventry (directions) between 10.30 and 18.00. It explores the different ways in which locals and non-residents got involved in parish affairs, for example by attending masses or sermons, serving as officeholders, paying for additional clergy or furnishings, challenging liturgical innovations, making presentations or taking collective initiatives – as in this 1771 petition by three parishes to the Swedish diet. More generally, the meeting also considers how local communities helped to shape larger historical processes and government structures at given times.


Co-organized with Prof. Malin Lennartsson (Linnaeus University, Växjö), the Symposium will place a particular emphasis on Scandinavia, with four papers dedicated to Sweden and Finland. However, for comparative purposes, papers on England and Scotland are also included. Speakers include doctoral students, early career researchers and senior scholars:

  • Joe Chick (Warwick): Chronic relief – Parishioners and poverty in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Reading
  • Helen Gair (Nottingham Trent): Parish participation and the church court – Kirk session discipline in sixteenth-century Perth
  • Marion Hardy: ’Heaven is the reward of charity’ – Benefactors and their parish charities
  • Miia Kuha (Jyväskylä): Negotiating parish affairs in court – Encounters of parishioners and authorities in late seventeenth-century Eastern Finland
  • Malin Lennartsson (Linnaeus): Swedish parish records in comparative perspective
  • John Morgan (Manchester): Participation in water management in early modern English parishes
  • Dave Postles (Hertfordshire): Parish office-holding: some sceptical reflections
  • Arja Rantanen (National Archives of Finland/Jyväskylä): Parish scribes, local administration and political culture
  • Donald Spaeth (Glasgow): Parish politics and the names of parish officers – What lay beneath the ideal of neighbourliness?
  • Ella Viitaniemi (Tampere): Active middle men, enlightened reformers? The agency of deans in the late eighteenth-century Swedish realm / Western Finland

 The Warwick Network for Parish Research looks forward to welcoming delegates in May.

Full Programme (subject to changes) - PLEASE DISPLAY


is mandatory for all participants at a regular rate of £25 for non-speaking delegates / £15 for students & unwaged

Closing date: 30 April 2019

We gratefully acknowledge support from the Humanities Research Centre

Cover Image
Petition of three parishes submitted to the Swedish imperial diet by
their delegate Lars Torbjörnsson in 1771-72. Stockholm, Riksarkivet.
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Call for Papers (now closed)


For further information contact:
Beat Kümin (History).