This one-day conference looks to produce a discussion of the varied ways that work impacted on the lives and writings of early modern Nonconformists and, in turn, on their spiritual practices.
It will consider not only paid work or income-generating activities but also the ministry and acts of church charity as forms of work.
How does knowledge of an individual’s employment inform how we respond to their religious writings and practices? What is the relationship between labour and faith? How is collective welfare interpreted?
Papers may focus on, for example, character studies of honest labourers, or their counterpart, the slothful; working practices and living conditions of Nonconformists and their families, including in prison; pastoralism and charity – the church’s duty of care as depicted in Nonconformist writings; mobility and/or displacement; urbanisation and other changes to traditional or rural practices; work and Calvinism or work and election; work as metaphor and praxis.