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Domestic dissidents: a re-examination of the lives, exchanges and everyday experiences of radical religious women, 1500-1800


University of Warwick, UK.
10 June 2013.


This one-day interdisciplinary conference seeks to bring together scholars of all levels whose research touches upon the everyday lives and networks of dissident women in early modern England, America and Europe. Traditional histories of sectarian and non-conformist women in the early modern period have attested to the prominent role women had in the spread of religious sectarianism and the survival of individual movements such as the Methodists, Baptists, Quakers and Catholic recusants. However, very little has been discussed about the non-religious elements of these womens' lives and experiences and how their religious affiliation affected their position as wives and mothers and as members of communities. Through a comparative framework, the conference aims to draw out key debates in the study of women and radical religion and seeks to explore the less familiar aspects of their lives as religious dissidents in the period 1500-1800.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Karin Wulf, William and Mary College, Virginia, USA.


Registration is now open click here to register: the conference fee of £20 includes all coffee breaks, lunch, and the wine reception at the end of the conference. There is also the option of joining us for dinner afterwards for an additional £25. The deadline for registration has now been extended to the 19th April.

The draft conference programme for the day is now available for download here.

Accommodation is available on-campus at Radcliffe and is currently available at a rate of £85 per night inclusive of breakfast and VAT. I encourage early application as accommodation on-campus is strictly limited. I would recommend calling the sales team on 02476 573925, rather than relying on the online booking or email system. I am happy to liaise with the accommodation team, should you encounter any problems with the booking process. I am also willing to offer recommendations for those of you who would prefer to stay off-site.

Other Speakers/Participants

Dr Catie Gill (Loughborough University) / Dr Carme Font Paz (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) / Dr Rachel Adcock (Loughborough University) / Alice Ferron (University College London) / Dr David Hitchcock (University of Warwick) / Dr Tanis Lovercheck-Saunders (Casper College, Wyoming, USA) / Martha McGill (University of Edinburgh) / Professor Bernard Capp (University of Warwick) / Dr Tessa Whitehouse (Queen Mary, University of London) / Jaap Geraerts (University College London) / Dr Susan M. Cogan, (Utah State University, USA) / Professor Amanda E. Herbert, (Christopher Newport University, Virginia, USA) / Professor Mark Knights (University of Warwick)


For further information please contact the conference convener Naomi Wood (University of Warwick, History) at