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School of English and Drama

Freethought in the Long Nineteenth Century: New Perspectives

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This multidisciplinary conference will be held 9-10 September 2022 at Queen Mary University of London.

Call for Papers

The call for papers is currently open. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Tuesday 15 March 2022.

Click here to download CFP for Freethought in the Long Nineteenth Century [PDF 191KB]

We welcome proposals which explore how freethought discourses circulated within and across nations in the period c.1789–1914, and how the legacies of these persisted across the twentieth century and through to the present.

Please submit a 300-word proposal for a 15 minutes paper plus a 50-word biography in Word format to by Tuesday 15 March 2022.

We are also interested in proposals for panels or presenting work in alternative formats. We recommend getting in contact to discuss potential approaches prior to submission.

Event Details

'Freethought in the Long Nineteenth Century: New Perspectives' is intended to be an in-person conference held on Queen Mary University of London's Mile End campus (pandemic restrictions dependant).

There will be a nominal fee to attend (c.£10). Registration details to be confirmed spring 2022.

Four fee waivers and travel bursaries (up to £100) will be available for unwaged, precarious, and student speakers. Information about how to apply for these will be sent to those whose papers are accepted.


Clare Stainthorp (Queen Mary University of London), with Anton Jansson (University of Gothenburg) and Madeleine Goodall (Humanists UK)

This conference is is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and organised in partnership with the International Society for Historians of Atheism, Secularism and Humanism and Humanists UK.


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