Call for Papers
Conference on “Byron & the Bible” at Newstead Abbey, 1-2 May 2015
Plenary speaker: Gavin Hopps (St Andrews)
Meeting on the premises of Newstead Abbey for the second time after the success of “Byron at Home” last year, this conference continues the long-standing tradition of international May gatherings of Byronists in the UK.
Encouraging a wide variety of approaches, it seeks to explore the ways in which the Bible and Biblical topics are treated and reflected in Byron’s texts, as well as finding new ways of discussing Byron’s complex relationship to God, religion, faith, atheism/secularism, sectarian doctrine/belief, scriptural ‘history’ and many other subjects.
Papers may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:
Byron and Catholicism; Byron and Calvinism; Byron and Judaism; Byron and Islam; Byron and the Old Testament; Byron and the New Testament; Byron and belief; Byron and Christ; Byron and individual Biblical characters; Byron and prophecy; Byron and faith; Byron and sacrifice; Byron and grace; Byron and spirituality; Byronic irreverence; Byron and religious tradition.
Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to Dr Mirka Horova at firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 January 2015.
There will be a talk and dinner on the evening of Friday 1 May at the 281 Restaurant & Rooms hotel in Mansfield.
The conference will take place on Saturday, 2 May, approx. 10.00 – 5.00.