Belief and Unbelief in the Early Modern Period
The 2007-08 programme consisted of:
- 9 November 2007: "Gender and Belief in the Early Modern World"
- 18 March 2008: "Belief and Disbelief: Encounters with the Other"
- 6-19 July 2008: "Belief and Unbelief" (residential summer workshop)
Man Protected by the Shield of Faith by Maarten van Heemskerck (1559)
For programme details, click here .
This one-day workshop, held at Lecture Room 4, Scarman House, the University of Warwick (from 10 am), addressed topics such as:
- What were women’s experiences of belief?
- How did masculinity shape -and how was it shaped by- belief?
- What was the relation between gender and spiritual/religious writing?
Papers and discussions touched on such varied areas as monasticism, reformation and counter reformation, witchcraft/demonology, sanctity, and so on.
Speakers and moderators/discussants included:
- Dr Silvia Evangelisti (University of East Anglia): "Female Religious Communities in Early Modern Europe"
- Prof. George Hoffmann (University of Michigan)
- Prof. Em. Brenda Hosington (University of Warwick): "Faith and Gender in English Renaissance Women Translators' Paratexts"
- Prof. Lyndal Roper (Balliol College, Oxford) : "Luther and the Household: Myth and Reality"
- Prof. Robert Swanson (University of Birmingham)
- Prof. Merry Wiesner-Hanks (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee): "Gender and Religion in Early Modern Colonialism: an Overview"
There was also an interdisciplinary postgraduate forum during which postgraduate students made brief presentations of their project and invited discussion on how, and to what extent, issues of 'gender and belief' pertain to their investigations.
- Kimberley Martin: 'Gendering a City: Representations of London in Civic Pageantry of the Early 17th Century'
- Laura Sangha: 'The significance of belief about angels in the English Reformation'
- John West: Inspiration and Aspiration: Invocations of the Holy Spirit in Lucy Hutchinson's Order and Disorder and John Milton's Paradise Lost
- Justine Williams: 'James Shirley, Ireland's Catholic playwright?'
- Jonathan Willis: 'Music, Gender and Belief in Post-Reformation England'
The Workshop brought together over 40 delegates from the University of Warwick, other UK institutions, and the USA.
This one-day workshop, held at Warwick (Scarman House, Lecture Room 6), opened the debate on the relation of belief to the unknown, the unexpected, or the exotic, and explored the differences and/or similarities between Christian vs non-Christian outlooks. Click here for programme details.
Papers and discussions therefore touched on 'utopias and belief', 'belief and the New world', or on clashes, convergences and cross-overs between various belief systems...
Speakers and moderators included:
- Prof. Jonathan Bate : "Jew and Muslim in Marlowe's plays"
- Dr David Lines (Warwick): "Christianity and Philosophy in the Renaissance: The Sixteenth-Century Turn"
- Prof. Andrew Laird (Warwick): "Aztec and Roman Gods: Evangelists, ethnographers and polytheism in early colonial Mexico"
- Prof. Nabil Matar (U of Minnesota): "Christianity and Christians through Arab-Muslim
- Prof. Miri Rubin (Queen Mary, U of London): "Christians and Jews in contention over the Virgin Mary"
The two-week Summer Workshop on Belief and Unbelief was organised around the following thematic clusters:
- ‘Belief and conflict’
- ‘Belief, manuscripts and the printed book’ (including Women's Manuscript Writing)
- 'Rhetoric and Belief';
- 'Models of the Reformation';
- 'Belief and Local Community'.
Besides contributions from the Visiting Fellows and the Workshop Participants, speakers and moderators included:
- Prof. Elizabeth Clarke (Warwick)
- Dr Ingrid De Smet (Warwick)
- Dr Simon Ditchfield (U of York)
- Jonathan Heron (IATL, Warwick)
- Prof. Steve Hindle (Warwick)
- Prof. Beat Kümin (Warwick)
- Prof. Guido Latré (Université Catholique de Louvain)
- Prof. Peter Mack (Warwick)
- Prof. Peter Marshall (Warwick)
- Dr Richard Rex (U of Cambridge)
- Dr Penny Roberts (Warwick)
- Prof. Arnoud Visser (U of Utrecht)
- Newberry Library Consortium Institutions
- The Newberry website at http://www.newberry.org/
- Monastic Matrix - a database for the study of women's religious communities in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
- The Perdita Project -Early Modern Women's Manuscript Compilations
- The Warwick Network for Parish Research
- The Tyndale Society
- The Society for Reformation Research
- Institut d'Histoire de la Réformation (Geneva)
- The Church Monuments Society
- Vatican History -a German site with, amongst other things, biographies of popes and cardinals