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2019 Ed Conrad Memorial lecture –  James Crossley on the fate of the Bible in the English Radical Tradition

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James Crossley, Professor of Bible, Society and Politics, St Mary’s University, London, is giving the 2019 Ed Conrad Memorial lecture at UQ (room 116 in the Sir Llew Edwards bldg.) on Wednesday May 29that 5pm. His topic is the fate of the Bible in the English Radical Tradition.

From the Peasants’ Revolt to Jeremy Corbyn: The Fate of the Bible in the English Radical Tradition

The University of Queensland’s School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry invites you to join us for the 2019 Ed Conrad Memorial Lecture delivered by Professor James Crossley, St Mary’s University.

The Bible has been an ongoing feature in English political radicalism. While such uses of the Bible did not begin with the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, this particular revolt has commonly been seen as a convenient starting point. In this talk, Professor Crossley will use the Peasants’ Revolt and its reception to look at which biblical texts have been used, remembered, forgotten, and rethought in the English radical tradition. He will look at the ways in which historical and cultural contexts (e.g. the emergence of the labour movement, the tensions between revolutionary and parliamentary socialism, Cold War, folk music traditions, declining church affiliation, and Brexit) have helped frame the ways the Bible, Englishness, radicalism, and the Peasants’ Revolt are currently understood and used in English political discourse.

Date: Wednesday 29 May 2019

Time: 4.45pm for 5–6.30pm. The lecture will be followed by a post event reception from 6.30–7.30pm.

Venue: Room 116, Sir Llew Edwards Building (#14), The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus.


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