Emotions & Relationships in Scottish Christianity – SCHS Spring Conference

Date / time: 12 March, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Call for Papers, deadline – 14 February 2022

The call for papers for the Scottish Church History Society Spring Conference on Saturday 12 March 2022 is now open. The theme is ‘Emotions and Relationships in Scottish Christianity’.

We are delighted to announce that our keynote speakers are Professor Katie Barclay (University of Adelaide) and Dr Nathan Hood (University of Edinburgh):

  • Dr Hood will delve into the emotional dimensions of Protestant spirituality in his keynote on ‘Having a Heart to Heart: Prayer in Scottish Protestant Public Worship, 1560–1650’.
  • Prof. Barclay will take us to the subsequent centuries, exploring the relationship between Presbyterianism and family identity in her lecture on ‘Family, Faith and Feeling in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Scotland’.

We welcome proposals for twenty-minute papers on any aspects of the conference theme – from postgraduate students, early career researchers, and independent or established scholars. Speakers are encouraged to interpret the theme broadly. No one period will receive precedence; proposals will be assessed according to their novelty, appeal, and relevance to the theme. Interdisciplinary approaches are also encouraged – art, economic, gender, literary, legal, political, intellectual, and social historians are welcome to apply. Abstracts of 250 words should be sent with a short biographical note to schsconf@outlook.com by Monday 14 February.

Subject to Covid regulations in March, this will be a hybrid event run from Edinburgh Theological Seminary. Speakers and attendees will have the option of online or in-person attendance. All attendees will be able to participate in the Q&A – further details will follow. Please specify whether you intend to deliver your paper in-person or remotely when you submit your abstract.

Tickets are now available to book from this page. Online attendance is £5. In-person attendance is £10 for a student/unwaged ticket and £15 for a full-price ticket. All in-person tickets include tea/coffee and a sandwich lunch. For health and safety reasons, in-person tickets will be capped and issued on a first-come-first-serve basis.

To reserve a place at this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emotions-relationships-in-scottish-christianity-schs-spring-conference-tickets-247110513197


Image details: ‘Collecting the Offering in a Scottish Kirk’ by John Phillip, 1855 – this image is in the public domain.