Participation Type

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Session Title

Creating a Community of Sermon Scholars: GEMMS – The Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons

Session Abstract

This plenary session aims to provide an introduction to ‘GEMMS – Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons’. GEMMS is a collaborative project, based at the Universities of Regina and Saskatchewan, and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. It is an open-access, group-sourced, comprehensive, and fully searchable online bibliographic database of sermon manuscripts dating from the years 1530 through to 1715. Our session will include a poster and a workshop on how to use the database. We will also discuss the ways in which GEMMS has been useful for individual users thus far, and plans for expansion within its next phase. Finally, we will highlight several important discoveries, including little-known manuscripts that have been overlooked by scholars, uncatalogued manuscripts of sermons previously thought to be lost, unusual sermon genres, and connections between manuscripts held at different repositories, all of which contribute significantly to a deeper understanding of the practices of preachers and auditors in early modern Britain, Ireland, and North America. Our objective is to demonstrate how GEMMS can be instrumental in bringing together a community of scholars who are interested in the history of English preaching and, more broadly, religious writings of the early modern period.

Presentation #1 Title

Creating a Community of Sermon Scholars: GEMMS – The Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons

At-A-Glance Bios- Presenter #1

Dr. Jennifer Farooq is the Project Manager and Research Associate for GEMMS – Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons, University of Regina, Canada. She is the author of Preaching in Eighteenth-Century London(Boydell, 2013) and has published several articles on sermons and religious culture in late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England.

At-A-Glance Bios- Presenter #2

Hannah Yip is a PhD Candidate at the University of Birmingham, UK and a Research Assistant for GEMMS – Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons, University of Regina, Canada. Her research is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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