Psalm culture and the politics of translation

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1 December 2012

Time: 9:00am
Venue: Conference Venue: Charterhouse Square

The Conference will be taking place on the 15th - 17th July 2013.

We invite paper and session proposals for an interdisciplinary conference on English responses to the Psalms, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Civil War. Keynote addresses to be given by Daniel Anlezark (Sydney), Brian Cummings (Sussex), Vincent Gillespie (Oxford), Hannibal Hamlin (Ohio State), James Simpson (Harvard) and Eric Stanley (Oxford). The Psalms have been at the centre of English religious life, language and identity since the Augustinian mission. This conference aims to bring together scholars working in different periods and disciplines to open up new avenues of discussion and debate. We are interested in all aspects of the English Psalm tradition, from the conversion to the Civil War, and possible areas of exploration might include:

• The authority of the vernacular, and the controversy of translation

• Specific contexts for translation (monastic production, translations by prisoners, etc.)
• Psalms as political commentary
• Musical settings of Psalms, on the page and in performance
• Psalm books as physical objects and works of art
• Iconography
• Ecclesiastical and private devotion
• Psalms and the formation of an English literary canon
• Literary borrowings and intertextuality
• Reading, annotating and glossing
• Comparative analysis of individual Psalms across languages and periods
• The Psalms as a site of inter-cultural dialogue (between faiths, between countries)

We welcome proposals for papers (no more than 20 minutes) and panels (of 3 papers) from both established scholars and graduate students. It is envisaged that selected papers will be considered for publication in an edited, peer-reviewed collection.

Please submit all proposals and correspondence to Deadline for proposals: 1 December 2012

Proposal Forms can be downloaded here