Conference 2015

Dissent and the Representation of War

Saturday 16 May 2015

Dissent and the Representation of War 16 May 2015 revised programme
Image from The Task: A Poem by William Cowper, illustrated by Birket Foster (1855). Edith Martineau’s copy. Courtesy of the Trustees of Dr Williams’s Library. 

Dr Williams’s Library, 14 Gordon Square WC1H 0AR

On Saturday 16 May 2015 the Centre’s eleventh annual one-day conference was held at Dr Williams’s Library on the Subject of ‘Dissent and the Representation of War’. The focus was on Dissenters’ attitudes to war and peace, from early-eighteenth debates on the slave trade pioneered by the Quakers to the Spanish Peninsular War (c. 1809).

The lectures were:

‘Towards a non-militaristic language of patriotism: Anna Letitia Barbauld from “Ode to Corsica” (1773) to Eighteen Hundred and Eleven‘ by Professor Emma Clery (Southampton)

‘Quaker Pacifism, African Warfare, and the Case against the Slave Trade’ by Professor Brycchan Carey (Kingston University)

‘War Versus Universal Benevolence: Richard Price and His Influence’ by Dr Rémy Duthille (Université Bordeaux Montaigne)

‘“The energy of those principles that shake Europe to the centre”: The French Revolution and Welsh Dissent’ by Dr Mary-Ann Constantine (University of Wales)

‘Our Man in Spain: Henry Crabb Robinson as War Correspondent for The Times during the Peninsular War (1808-1809)’ by Professor Karen Racine (University of Guelph)