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Parish Symposium 2012 – Parish Studies Today

Over 100 delegates attended our successful Tenth Anniversary Symposium in May 2012.

Re-visit the Proceedings through:
- The symposium Symposium Report by Joanne Anderson
- Recordings of plenary addresses by
Chris Dyer (Leicester), 'Have historians been too sentimental about the village community? (audio) / (video)
John Harper (Bangor), 'The experience of worship in the late medieval parish church' (audio)
Beat Kümin (Warwick), 'Parish studies today: approaches, interactions, perspectives' (video)
Penny Roberts (Warwick), 'Conflict and violence in the French urban parish during the age of the Reformation' (audio) / (video)
& video recordings of numerous sessions and interviews



Parishes play a prominent part in recent studies on late medieval and early modern culture. Current debates on religious change, political life and cultural identities in local communities demonstrate the wide range of approaches to the subject and the benefits of scholarly exchange.

At Warwick, several members of staff pursue research interests in this field. Between them, Bernard Capp, Steve Hindle, Beat Kümin, Peter Marshall and Penny Roberts have drawn on parish records for their work on many aspects of the late medieval and early modern periods. The combination of general scholarly interest and departmental strength has led to the conception of the ‘Warwick Symposium on Parish Research’ as an annual forum for specialized papers and general discussion on parish-related themes. Contributions reflect a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches to both British and European parishes from c. 1300 to c. 1800.


Delegates at the 2012 Symposium.

We aim to attract a mixture of established scholars, postgraduate students, independent parish researchers and members of the wider public, with new participants always welcome.

The 2012 Symposium ‘Parish Studies Today’ took place from 25-27 May 2012 (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) at Scarman House on the central campus of the University of Warwick.

The event featured plenary papers by Martin Crampin, Chris Dyer, John Harper and Penny Roberts; some 60 research/project presentations by a wide range of individuals/organizations, several workshops as well as stalls highlighting different parish-related initiatives.

If you would like to get involved in the ‘Warwick Network for Parish Research‘ or if you would like us to publicise information on your parish-related projects/events, please contact one of the organizers: Beat Kümin, Peter Marshall or Penny Roberts.


Logo design, based on the Norman font at St Petroc, Bodmin (Cornwall): © Don White, 2011

The Symposium is grateful for the support of the Department of History, Humanities Research Centre and The Royal Historical Society.