Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Conference on the meaning of early modern Catholicism - call for papers

An exciting new conference is planned for 28 June - 1 July 2013, at Ushaw College, Durham.

The title of the conference is 'What is Early Modern English Catholicism?', and the plenary speakers are Eamon Duffy (Cambridge), Brad Gregory (Notre Dame), Thomas McCoog SJ (Fordham) and Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge)

Celebrating the contribution of Eamon Duffy's work to changing notions of how Early Modern English Catholicism is understood, the aim of the conference is to attract an interdisciplinary range of speakers to discuss different 'sorts' of Catholicism in evidence, and to explore whether the term covers a broad spectrum of interest groups or is more narrowly defined. As such, it will change perceptions of the subject, the conference including those who approach the material for very different angles, questioning perceived notions of what is actually meant when Early Modern Catholicism is mentioned in the English context.

The period under consideration will be in the long term, from the 16th century break with Rome , the years of uncertainty and the Marian restoration, through the periods of recusancy, persecution and the Glorious Revolution, to the Jacobite movement and the Catholic survivalism of the 18th century.

A volume of essays drawn from the conference is planned.

Proposals of about 200 words are invited for 20 minute communications on any theme falling within this broad field, and should be emailed by 15 January 2013 at the latest to james.kelly3@durham.ac.uk

For more information, please email James Kelly, or visit the Facebook group 'What is Early Modern Catholicism?' conference

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