CFP: [Medieval] Colloquium - Educating the Laity: Pastoral Care c1200-1600 (UK)
The Canterbury Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of
Kent, Tuesday 11th December 2007
650 years ago this year, the Archbishop of York, John Thoresby, issued a
set of instructions to the clergy concerning pastoral care. These
instructions were closely modelled on the earlier Syllabus of Archbishop
Pecham (1281), and form part of a tradition of responses to Omnis
utriusque sexus, Canon Twenty-one of the Fourth Lateran Council (1215).
Unusually, however, Thoresbyâ€™s response took the form of a set of Latin
instructions and also of an English translation, the so-called Lay Folksâ€™
Catechism, suggesting a broader concept of his intended audience and of
how that audience might be reached.
Twenty-minute papers are invited for the colloquium, which takes the
opportunity afforded by the anniversary of the Lay Folksâ€™ Catechism to
revisit the issue of pastoral care, very broadly defined, in England and
elsewhere. Topics for individual papers might include:
â€¢ the form and content of pastoral care manuals;
â€¢ the changing languages of religious instruction;
â€¢ the use of images for lay education;
â€¢ non-Christian religious instruction;
â€¢ the effect of the Reformation on educating the laity;
â€¢ extending the boundaries of the pastoral care tradition to include
other devotional writing and/or overtly â€˜literaryâ€™ works by, for example,
the Gawain-poet, Chaucer and Gower.
These are suggestions only and other topics would be welcome.
Please send a 200-word abstract of your paper to s.james_at_kent.ac.uk by
30th September 2007.
Dr Sarah James, Lecturer in Medieval Literature, School of English,
University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NX
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