Psalm Culture and the Politics of Translation, Charterhouse Square, Queen Mary, University of London, 15-17 July 2013

The Psalms have been at the centre of English religious life, language and identity since the seventh century. This conference aims to bring together scholars working in different periods and disciplines to open up new avenues of discussion and debate. Psalm Culture and the Politics of Translation will feature keynote addresses and plenary panels featuring Daniel Anlezark (Sydney), Roger Bowers (Cambridge), Vincent Gillespie (Oxford), Hannibal Hamlin (Ohio State), Clare King’oo (University of Connecticut), Michael Kuczynski (Tulane), David Lawton (Washington University in St Louis), James Simpson (Harvard), Elizabeth Solopova (Oxford), Lynn Staley (Colgate University), Eric Stanley (Oxford), Annie Sutherland (Oxford) and Elaine Treharne (Stanford) as well as over forty further papers from leading and emerging scholars within this field. Planned session cover a range of different subjects from the Paris Psalter to the Sidney Psalter, responses to the Psalms in Anglo-Saxon England to Anglo-Scottish Psalters in the Civil War period, visual culture and literary form. The structure of the conference – each day of which will open with a plenary panel and close with a double-feature keynote address – will challenge participants to reappraise and redefine a field that has, until now, remained fragmented.

In addition to keynote, plenary and panel sessions on the Psalms from Anglo-Saxon England until the English Civil War, the conference will feature a presentation led by Beth Quitsland (Ohio) and Nicholas Temperley (Illinois) that will encourage audience members to experience the Psalms as they might have been sung in early Elizabethan England and a roundtable discussion led by the acclaimed composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad that will form the starting point for a commission for a new setting of one or more Psalms. Scholars of all levels working on any aspect of religious culture in the medieval and early modern periods are invited to attend and take part in this event.

This conference is generously supported by the School of English and Drama, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London, by the Society for Renaissance Studies and St Peter’s College, Oxford.

Registration is now open. Any questions can be directed to the conference organizers, Dr Ruth Ahnert (QMUL), Dr Tamara Atkin (QMUL), and Dr Francis Leneghan (Oxford) at the conference email address (psalmculture@gmail.com).