Traherne Online Research Network

The Oxford Traherne edition, under its general editor Dr Julia Smith, is launching a Traherne Online Research Network. Scholars working on Traherne are widely scattered, and do not often have the opportunity either to hear about current research, or to talk about their own work with other Traherne experts. The online research network will facilitate this, and will also build up a community of scholars in advance of the 350th anniversary of Traherne’s death in 2024, which will help to raise his profile with other scholars and with students.


The Traherne Online Research Network will meet 3 times a year (October, January, April) via Zoom to listen to and discuss a short research paper, and to raise research queries.

The first two meetings are as follows, and will take place at 5.00 p.m. London time:

Thursday 26 October 2023     Professor Sarah Hutton, University of York, ‘”I need not treat of Vertues in the ordinary way”: Ordinary and un-ordinary discussion of virtue in Traherne’s Christian Ethicks

Thursday 18 January 2024     Dr Thomas Clifton, Coventry University, ‘Recontextualizing Verse and Thought in Thomas Traherne’s Centuries of Meditations and his Works’


If you would like to offer a paper for one of the subsequent meetings in 2024, we would be very pleased to hear from you. Please send a proposed title and a very brief synopsis (no more than a hundred words). The paper should last no longer than 30-40 minutes. Your suggestions are also welcomed as to how else the network can encourage the exchange of ideas on Traherne.

To join the mailing list, or to offer a paper, please contact Dr Julia Smith.