In the spring and fall semesters of 2011, Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, will host a series of events commemorating the 400th anniversary of the King James Version (1611) of the Bible. As part of that commemoration the university will host an interdisciplinary academic conference September 30-October 1, 2011. The conference will include plenary addresses, break-out paper sessions, roundtables, and a banquet. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. David Bebbington of the University of Stirling, Scotland.
Individual paper submissions from university faculty, independent scholars, and graduate students are welcome and may cover a wide range of topics related to the KJV. For individual submissions: Send name, one-page paper abstract, and short vitae.
Panel submissions (3 papers) are encouraged but not required. For panel submissions send names of presenters, one page panel abstract, one page abstracts for each paper, and short vitas for each participant. If you have someone in mind to comment and/or chair the panel, please send his/her name and affiliation with the submission.
Note: This is an academic conference with no interest in papers arguing for a "KJV only" agenda.
Victorianists will want to explore the influence and use of the King James Bible in Victorian literature and culture, but other possible topic suggestions include but are not limited to
- The creation of the King James Bible
- The history of the printing and dissemination of the King James Bible
- King James Bible and Protestantism
- Immediate and later reception of the King James Bible
- Political use of the King James Bible
- Cultural influence of the King James Bible
- King James Bible as Literature
- Influence of the King James Bible on Literature
- The influence of the King James Bible on other translations of the Bible
- King James Bible and Textual Criticism
- The King James Bible and the formation of American Culture
Send materials and inquiries to Dr. Brenda Ayres, firstname.lastname@example.org by April 8, 2011.