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Twentieth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research


Co-organized by Beat Kümin (Warwick) & Arnd Reitemeier (Göttingen),
with Daniel Gettings & Maria Tauber (Warwick)

Saturday 7 May 2022, Institute of Advanced Study, c. 10.30 am - 7 pm (hybrid format)


As parish researchers, some of us zoom in on specific communities, buildings or individuals, while others address more general themes, period structures or longer-term developments. Yet we all engage with various forms of ‘writing’ to obtain key information and then aspire to disseminate findings in the form of reports, essays, monographs, social media posts or online texts of our own. The twentieth anniversary symposium of the Warwick Network for Parish Research focuses on the opportunities, challenges and processes of ‘writing’ about parishes in the broadest sense of the term.

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Papers might thus deal with key genres of written primary sources (such as chronicles or chorographies), offer reflections on historiographical trends (in various traditions and disciplines) or consider methodological issues (relating to composition, reception, translation or discourse) for any regional or chronological context.

Proposals for 15-minute papers should include a title, (max. 1 A4-page / 200-300 words) abstract
plus a brief biographical note and be submitted to and
by Friday 25 February 2022.

The Symposium will take place in a seminar room at Warwick University's Institute of Advanced Study on Saturday 7 May 2022 (c. 10.30 am - 7 pm). While personal attendance is preferred, online participation can also be accommodated.

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Accepted speakers will benefit from free registration but will have to bear any travel / accommodation expenses themselves. A small number of bursaries for postgraduates / unwaged participants may be available – please indicate whether you would like to apply for those when you submit your proposal.


We look forward to hearing from you!


Any updates will be posted on this webpage. Reports and materials on previous symposia can be found here.

Illustration: opening page of the book of anniversaries celebrated in the parish church of Gersau in present-day Switzerland (1627-). Parish archive, Pfarreibuch no. 1: Jahrzeitbuch. Reproduced with kind permission.

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of Warwick's Department of History & Humanities Research Centre


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