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The Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English

Lived Religion in Europe: Individual and Communal Practice

15-16 October 2021

Since 2017, the Centre for the English-Speaking World (LERMA) at Aix-Marseille Université and the Centre for Religion and Literature in English (QMCRLE) at Queen Mary University of London have jointly hosted a series of study days to explore the complex notion of lived religion in perspective across borders, in theory and practice, and through its relationship with the book as well as the visual arts.


This conference will conclude this four-year cycle and aims to consider communal and individual aspects of lived religion over the early modern period, broadly defined. The conference will explore the more private aspects of lived religion, in the intimacy of personal and domestic practice; looking to show the multi-faceted nature of the concept, it will discuss lived religion through the scope of the study of emotions, but will also emphasise the materiality of religious practice. As the focus widens from the individual to the communal, papers will evoke confessional encounters and the interactions between people of different faiths, particularly between various forms of western Christianity and Judaism. The panels will investigate the ways in which lived religion can be used by historians and literary critics to make sense of the religious past in both lay and religious contexts.

The keynote speakers are Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge, UK) and Kat Hill (Birkbeck, UK)

Panel sessions: Privacy, History of ExperiencesMedieval and Early Modern Orients and Lived Religion and Emotions

poster sessions from early career scholars

Please click here for the full programme

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