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Warwick Symposium on Parish Research 2012

tring_pac.jpgThe Warwick Network for Parish Research from the Deparment of History invites you to explore parish history, culture and heritage at its 10th anniversary symposium: 'Parish Studies Today'

The Network is teaming up with the British Association for Local History and the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture for a weekend of parish-related research and initiatives. ‘Parish Studies Today’ will bring together individuals and groups interested in parish history, culture and heritage to showcase the great variety of work pursued in the field across Britain and Europe from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Topics will include: parish communities past and present; efforts to interpret & preserve parish art, archives, architecture and material culture; relationships between parishes, monasteries and local authorities; digital reconstructions of period church interiors; recent research projects conducted in Continental Europe; poor relief and local charities; acoustic dimensions of post-reformation parishes; local magic and healing practices and many more.

The Network is particularly pleased to announce four plenary lectures by leading parish scholars:

  • Martin Crampin (University of Wales, Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies): ‘Discovering the Visual Culture of Welsh Parish Churches in the Modern Age’
  • Prof. em. Chris Dyer (University of Leicester, Centre for English Local History): ‘Have historians been too sentimental about the village community, 1334-1540?’
  • Prof. John Harper (Bangor University, School of Music): ‘Exploring the experience of worship in the late medieval parish church’
  • Dr Penny Roberts (Warwick, History): ‘Conflict and Violence in the French Urban Parish in the Age of the Reformation’

The symposium will take place on 25 - 27 May 2012 in Scarman House, University of Warwick. The closing date for registration is 23 April 2012.

Click here for further information and to register online.