The Merton Priory History Conference 2021 – deadline 1 January 2020

Date / time
Date(s) - 20 July - 21 July
All day


The Merton Priory History Conference hopes to bring historians of different periods and fields together to discuss topics of common interest. The theme of our first conference, to be held 20th-21st July 2021, is pluralism.

Pluralism can refer to various things, but this conference focuses on the practice, medieval and modern, of holding more than one office. For example, medieval monarchs relied on ecclesiastical pluralism for their ‘civil service’, and pluralism in the Church of England was still an issue well into the 19th century. We welcome submissions from all sorts of historians – social, economic, political, ecclesiastical, arts and literature – as well as theologians and any other relevant discipline, with interests in Britain, Europe or elsewhere.

The conference theme covers a broad chronology:

  • Medieval• Reformation
  • Enlightenment
  • Nineteenth Century
  • 20th and 21st Centuries

Themes include:

  • Pluralists – individuals and/ or institutions
  • Absenteeism
  • Socio-economic impacts of pluralism
  • Political impacts of pluralism
  • Reaction to/ reception of pluralism and/ or pluralists
  • Change in attitudes and realities over time
  • Theological and ethical interpretations and implications

Papers should:

  • be 20 minutes long (that’s around 2,600 words)
  • be original and contribute to the field of study.
  • avoid too much specialist language or jargon – the audience is broad.

Papers can be jointly written and delivered, but we limit the number of authors to two.


  • are welcome from academics at all career stages, PhD. students, and independent scholars.
  • should be no more than 200 words.
  • should be e-mailed to us at
  • The deadline for submissions is 1st January 2021.
  • You can read more about Merton Priory and the conference at