CFP: George Herbert Conferences (UK) (2/23/07; 10/5/07-10/6/07); (US) (2/22/08; 10/10/08-10/11/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Herbert Conferences HERBCONF
contact email: 
HERBCONF@uncg.edu

CALL FOR PAPERS
GEORGE HERBERT'S LIVING LEGACIES: TWO CONFERENCES, 2007-2008

George Herbert?s Pastoral: Poetry and Priesthood, Past and Future
Sarum College, Salisbury, England, October 5-6, 2007
An International, Interdisciplinary Conference
              We are pleased to announce an international and=20
interdisciplinary conference on George Herbert?s pastoral and poetic life=20
in Wiltshire. The conference will meet October 5-6, 2007 at Sarum College=20
in Salisbury, England. The conference features plenary addresses by=20
distinguished British and American scholars Helen Wilcox of the University =

of Wales, Bangor, Cristina Malcolmson of Bates College, and David Jasper=20
of the University of Glasgow.
             The unique setting of our conference will enable us to=20
reflect extensively on the relation between the particular local and human =

contexts of Herbert?s last years and the themes, images, and tenor of his=20
writing. The main site will be Sarum College, situated in the ancient=20
close of Salisbury Cathedral, two miles from Herbert?s historic St.=20
Andrew?s church and rectory in Bemerton, and four miles from Wilton House, =

ancestral home to his Pembroke cousins. How did this specific country=20
place, time, and people shape the life and work of this especially lyrical =

country priest? What can we learn from that life and work about his time=20
and place? And how might we move beyond locality and nostalgia to consider =

the value of Herbert?s pastoral vision in contemporary church and society? =

These interdisciplinary questions will be addressed not only by our=20
distinguished plenary speakers, but also in numerous paper sessions on=20
topics ranging from Herbert?s poetic echoes of local landscapes and=20
architecture, to his pastoral treatments of social class and political=20
ferment, to his place in past and present debates about priestly practice=20
and the church of the future.
        We invite both paper and full panel proposals from literary=20
scholars, historians, and theologians who seek to discuss Herbert?s=20
?pastoral? from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. We particularly=20
encourage those who wish to propose interdisciplinary panels linked by=20
attention to a common theme, poem, site, or setting. More specifically, we =

welcome paper and panel proposals on topics such as Herbert?s poetic debt=20
to nearby buildings and landscapes; questions of church politics in the=20
nascent Laudian era, and of Herbert?s relations with John Davenant, Bishop =

of Salisbury; Herbert?s pastoral treatments of social rank and political=20
dissent; Herbert?s family network, especially that of his Pembroke cousins =

at Wilton House; and his role as a model for pastoral practice and church=20
revitalization.=20
                Additional conference activities will include a choral=20
performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams? setting of Herbert in ?Five=20
Mystical Songs,? dramatic readings from the poetry of The Temple, walks=20
about Salisbury, and visits to St. Andrew?s Church, Bemerton, and Wilton=20
House.=20
                We invite e-mail submissions. For 15-20-minute papers,=20
send a 250-word titled abstract; for a complete 3-paper panel, send an=20
overall title and individual 250-word titled abstracts for each paper.=20
Please indicate SALISBURY 2007 and include a 1-page CV giving an e-mail=20
and a regular mail address at which you can be reached during the spring=20
and summer of 2007; and indicate any expected audio-visual needs=20
(including special software needs).=20

 Send submissions for SALISBURY 2007 to: Tim Macquiban (admin_at_sarum.ac.uk) =

and Christopher Hodgkins (HERBCONF_at_UNCG.EDU)
Due date for submissions: February 23, 2007
For more information, visit http://www.uncg.edu/eng/george=5Fherbert/

CALL FOR PAPERS
George Herbert?s Travels: International Print and Cultural Legacies
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, October 10-11, 2008
An International, Interdisciplinary Conference
                We are pleased to announce an international and=20
interdisciplinary conference on George Herbert?s worldwide print and=20
cultural legacies. The conference will meet October 10-11, 2008 at the=20
University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The conference features=20
plenary addresses by distinguished American and British scholars Richard=20
Strier of the University of Chicago, Elizabeth Clarke of the University of =

Warwick, and Judith Maltby of Corpus Christi College, Oxford.=20
                UNC Greensboro?s George Herbert archive in the Walter=20
Clinton Jackson Library comprises a wealth of rare items, from first=20
editions of The Temple and The Country Parson through a dozen=20
seventeenth-century printings of his poetry and prose to original=20
American, Victorian and modern editions. As home to these rare volumes, to =

the papers of Herbert?s biographer Amy M. Charles, and to one of the=20
oldest and most prestigious MFA Poetry and Fiction programs in the United=20
States, UNCG provides a unique setting in which to consider the travels=20
and transformations of Herbert?s words. Our conference will survey the=20
publishing history and the international reception and influence of=20
Herbert?s work, particularly the poetry of The Temple, but also his=20
pioneering pastoral manual The Country Parson, and his quirky collection=20
of surprisingly familiar ?outlandish proverbs.?=20
                In addition to our distinguished keynote speakers, this=20
gathering will feature numerous paper sessions addressing Herbert?s print=20
afterlife as an honorary Puritan, Methodist, Anglo-Catholic, and skeptic;=20
his place in Reformation politics, and in the history of pastoral theory=20
and political moderation; and his varied cultural cameo appearances: in=20
poetry from Vaughan to Blake and Dickinson to Bishop; in music and film;=20
and even as a namesake to presidents and eminent Victorians.=20
                More specifically, we particularly welcome paper and panel =

proposals on Herbert?s relations to the many poets who have claimed or may =

show his influence: Donne, Crashaw, Herrick, Bradstreet, Harvey, Vaughan,=20
Taylor, the Wesleys, Wheatley, Blake, Coleridge, Emerson, Whitman,=20
Dickinson, Hopkins, Cullen, Eliot, Weil, Bishop, Auden, Larkin, Dylan=20
Thomas, R. S. Thomas, Brooks, Heaney, and Gl=FCck, to name many but not all=
.=20
We especially encourage papers and panels discussing fresh approaches to=20
the teaching of Herbert and others in the contemporary classroom.=20
                Additional conference activities will include readings by=20
contemporary poets in the Herbert tradition, renderings of Herbert in=20
music and the visual arts, reflections on the work and legacy of Amy M.=20
Charles, and an exhibit of the books and papers in the Herbert archive.
                We invite e-mail submissions. For 15-20-minute papers,=20
send a 250-word titled abstract; for a complete 3-paper panel, send an=20
overall title and individual 250-word titled abstracts for each paper.=20
Please indicate UNCG 2008 and include a 1-page CV giving an e-mail and a=20
regular mail address at which you can be reached during the spring and=20
summer of 2008; and indicate any expected audio-visual needs (including=20
special software needs).=20

Send submissions for UNCG 2008 to: Helen Wilcox (helen.wilcox_at_bangor.ac.uk
) and Christopher Hodgkins and Robert Calhoon (HERBCONF_at_UNCG.EDU)
Due date for submissions: February 22, 2008

For more information, visit http://www.uncg.edu/eng/george=5Fherbert/

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