CFP: Psalm Culture and the Politics of Translation

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

Using the forms provided here, please submit all proposals and correspondence to

We invite paper and session proposals for an interdisciplinary conference on English responses to the Psalms, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Civil War. Invited speakers include Susan Gillingham (Oxford), Eric Stanley (Oxford), Jane Toswell (Western Ontario), Daniel Anlezark (Sydney), Elizabeth Solopova (Oxford), Annie Sutherland (Oxford), James Simpson (Harvard), Brian Cummings (York) and Margaret Hannay (Siena College, NY).

The Psalms have been at the centre of English religious life, language and identity since the Augustinian mission. This conference aims to bring together scholars working in different periods and disciplines to open up new avenues of discussion and debate. We are interested in all aspects of the English Psalm tradition, from the conversion to the Civil War, and possible areas of exploration might include:

  • The authority of the vernacular, and the controversy of translation
  • Specific contexts for translation (monastic production, translations by prisoners, etc.)
  • Psalms as political commentary
  • Musical settings of Psalms, on the page and in performance
  • Psalm books as physical objects and works of art
  • Iconography
  • Ecclesiastical and private devotion
  • Psalms and the formation of an English literary canon
  • Literary borrowings and intertextuality
  • Reading, annotating and glossing
  • Comparative analysis of individual Psalms across languages and periods
  • The Psalms as a site of inter-cultural dialogue (between faiths, between countries)

We welcome proposals for papers (no more than 20 minutes) and panels (of 3 papers) from both established scholars and graduate students. It is envisaged that selected papers will be considered for publication in an edited, peer-reviewed collection.

Using the forms provided here, please submit all proposals and correspondence to

Deadline for proposals: 1st December 2012

Organisers: Ruth Ahnert (QMUL), Tamara Atkin (QMUL), Francis Leneghan (Oxford)

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