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School of English and Drama

Conference: Psalm Culture and the Politics of Translation

15 July 2013 - 17 July 2013

Time: 1:00 - 1:00am

'Psalm Culture and the Politics of Translation' is a conference organised by Ruth Ahnert, Tamara Atkin, and Francis Leneghan (Oxford) aiming to bring together scholars working in different periods and disciplines to open up new avenues of discussion and debate. 

Planned session cover a range of different subjects from the Paris Psalter to the Sidney Psalter, responses to the Psalms in Anglo-Saxon England to Anglo-Scottish Psalters in the Civil War period, visual culture and literary form. The structure of the conference – each day of which will open with a plenary panel and close with a double-feature keynote address – will challenge participants to reappraise and redefine a field that has, until now, remained fragmented.

In addition to keynote, plenary and panel sessions on the Psalms from Anglo-Saxon England until the English Civil War, the conference will feature a presentation led by Beth Quitsland (Ohio) and Nicholas Temperley (Illinois) that will encourage audience members to experience the Psalms as they might have been sung in early Elizabethan England and a roundtable discussion led by the acclaimed composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad that will form the starting point for a commission for a new setting of one or more Psalms. Scholars of all levels working on any aspect of religious culture in the medieval and early modern periods are invited to attend and take part in this event.

For further details, see the conference website.

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