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Early Modern Conversions

Bodies and Minds in the Early Modern Catholic World

Sleep of Reason

University of Warwick, 24-25th March 2017


Please note that we have decided to make this conference FREE to attend, in order to make it as accessable as possible to postgraduate and early career scholars. The optional conference dinner costs £30 (to be paid at the event).

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Keynote speakers: Alex Bamji, Nancy Caciola, and Andrew Redden.

Convenors: Rebecca Noble and Anastasia Stylianou.

This conference will explore embodied experiences of Roman Catholicism, c.1450-1800. Distinctive Catholic ‘somatic’ theologies and practices developed in the medieval period; however, the era of the Reformations, colonial expansion, scientific revolutions, and Enlightenment presented dramatic new opportunities and challenges to Catholic theories and practices of the body and mind.

The aim of this conference is to draw on a burgeoning body of research on early modern Catholicism in order to address the key, yet still insufficiently understood, questions of how Catholics understood and constructed bodies and minds, and how this changed and differed across geographical, social, and gendered variables.

This conference is generously funded by the interdisciplinary Conversions Project, based at McGill University.

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