CFP: [Medieval] Colloquium - Educating the Laity: Pastoral Care c1200-1600 (UK)

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Dr Sarah James
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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, Thoresby’s response took the form of a set of Latin
instructions and also of an English translation, the so-called Lay Folks’
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 Folks’ Catechism to
revisit the issue of pastoral care, very broadly defined, in England and
elsewhere. Topics for individual papers might include:

• the form and content of pastoral care manuals;
• the changing languages of religious instruction;
• the use of images for lay education;
• non-Christian religious instruction;
• the effect of the Reformation on educating the laity;
• extending the boundaries of the pastoral care tradition to include
other devotional writing and/or overtly ‘literary’ 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 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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