Scottish Church History Society Conference – The Church as an Agent of Change – CALL FOR PAPERS

Date / time: 26 February, All day

Scottish Church History Society Conference - The Church as an Agent of Change - CALL FOR PAPERS


Call for Papers, deadline – 26 February 2024

How has Christianity shaped Scottish culture and society? In what ways has the church facilitated or orchestrated change in Scotland? This day conference will consider the church as an agent of change. The call for papers is now open for this event, which will be held on Saturday 23 March 2024. This will be a hybrid event run from Edinburgh Theological Seminary. Speakers and attendees will have the option of being online or in-person.

We are delighted to have Professor Richard Oram (University of Stirling) as our keynote speaker. Professor Oram’s paper is entitled:

‘Contested Change: Clerical Colonisation, Modernisation, Innovation and Reform in 12th-century Scotland’

To accompany Professor Oram’s paper, we welcome proposals for twenty-minute papers from postgraduate students, early career researchers, and independent or established scholars. Papers should speak to the conference theme of the church as an agent of change in Scottish society. The theme is intended to be interpreted broadly and we hope to receive papers covering a wide range of subjects and periods. Do note that 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, intellectual, legal, literary, political, and social historians are welcome to apply.

Abstracts of 250 words should be sent with a short biographical note to by Monday 26 February 2024. Please specify whether you intend to deliver your paper in-person or remotely when you submit your abstract. Online attendance is priced at £5; in-person tickets will cost £10 (full price) or £5 (student/unwaged) and includes the cost of tea/coffee and a sandwich lunch.

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