Faith in the Town, 1740-1830

Event Details

  • Event date: 20/10/2021
  • Venue: John Rylands Library, University of Manchester
  • CFP Deadline: 20/10/2021

Submissions are invited for a one-day workshop at the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, on Friday 17 January 2020. As part of a three-year project funded by the AHRC, the workshop will focus on ordinary people’s experiences of religion in urban areas between 1740 and 1830. We particularly welcome papers that problematise the connection between urbanisation, industrialisation and secularisation, as well as the methodology of exploring urban lay piety beyond the records left by clergy and the administrative structures of organised religion.


We welcome submissions of individual papers and requests to attend from PhD students, ECRs and more established researchers. Up to 15 bursaries covering travel and accommodation will be available for speakers and attendees.


Themes might include:

  • Faith and identity, including class, gender or occupation
  • Faith and the uses and meanings of urban space
  • Faith and time: daily routine, the calendar and the life cycle
  • Faith, work and business: trust, commercial networks and economic growth
  • Faith in the home: material culture, domestic space and family relationships


Please send abstracts of 300 words to Kate Gibson, at, by Monday 16 September 2019. If you would like to apply for a bursary please indicate this, with a rough estimate of your expenses, alongside your abstract.


Organisers: Professor Hannah Barker, Dr Kate Gibson and Dr Carys Brown (University of Manchester), and Professor Jeremy Gregory (University of Nottingham).


For more information visit the project website: or email Kate Gibson at