On the 31st of March to the 2nd of April 2016, the University of Lausanne will be hosting a conference on Late Medieval Devotional Compilations in England. SAIMS’ own Margaret Connolly and Ian Johnson will be plenary speakers for this conference.
Margaret will be giving a paper entitled ‘Reading Late Medieval Devotional Compilations in the Sixteenth Century.’ This paper will consider the evidence that Middle English devotional compilations continued to find an audience in the sixteenth century, despite the increasingly archaic nature of the language in which they were written. Some compilations such as Contemplations of the Dread and Love of God were printed in this period whereas others, such as the Pore Caitif, were not, but manuscripts continued to circulate regardless of whether a work was printed or not, as is apparent from details of ownership. Readerly engagement with these texts, through an investigation of inscriptions and annotations, will form the core of this discussion; broader questions of their textual reception, in pre- and post-Reformation England, will also be considered.
Ian Johnson will be giving a paper entitled ‘Theorising the Religious Miscellany: Problems and Possibilities.’
You can check out the full programme for the conference here!