Promoting historic links between Oxford Brookes University and the Methodist Church through archives, artworks, publications and research.
The conference addresses the forms of significant spiritual networks that have characterised the literatures and cultures from the Enlightenment to the present. The Christian religion and its diverging forms and practices—especially in the aftermath of the Reformation—has been representing a core issue of Western society, shaping the lives of individuals and determining the social, literary, and political climate of any given period. Such forms and practices are testimony to the ongoing (re-)negotiations of spiritual attitudes in context with the historical succession of religious and secular world models. The underlying paradigm shifts, in turn, have affected all ways of social life within cultural communities as well as the intellectual dispositions of their members and agents.
Robert DeMaria, Jr. (Vassar College, USA)
William Gibson (Oxford Brookes University, UK)
Hans-Jürgen Grabbe (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg)
John Richetti (University of Pennsylvania, USA).