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This workshop is part of The Body in the City, 1100-1800 project. The workshop is supported by the Department of History and the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance.

Abstracts of the papers are available here.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Room 1, The Wolfson Exchange, The Library.

10.00 Registration and Coffee

10.30 Introduction. Jonathan Davies (University of Warwick)

10.45 First Session

Colin Rose (Brock University)
‘Bodies of Evidence: Suspicious Death and Homicide in Early Modern Bologna’

Andrew Vidali (University of Trieste)
‘“Right hand, neck and limbs”: Capital Executions as Degradation Rituals in Early Modern Venice’

11.45 Break

12.00 Second Session

Ann Haughton (University of Warwick)
‘The Body Flayed Bare in Early Modern Visual Culture’

Ramón Barcena Colina (University of Cantabria)
‘The King’s Two Bodies and the Urban Environment in Seventeenth Century Spain’

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Third Session

Martje aan de Kerk (University of Amsterdam)
‘Madness and Violence: Dealing with the Violent Mad in Amsterdam 1600-1800’

Jean Morris (Nottingham Trent University)
‘A Radical Ecstasy: The Judaizing Female Body during the Spanish Inquisition’

3.00 Break

3.15 Fourth Session

Iván Gracia Arnau (University of Barcelona)
‘Ritual Violence and Collective Identity during the Reapers' Revolt (1640)’

Dr Evaristo Martínez-Radío Garrido (University of Warwick)
‘Prisoners and Towns in the 18th Century. Another Conflict Space’

4.15 Concluding Remarks. Christopher Read (University of Warwick)

To register, please email j dot d dot davies at warwick dot ac dot uk before Friday, 27 April.

Supported by the Department of History and the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance.



Abstracts of the papers are available here.

Friday 15 September 2017

1.30 – 2.00 Registration: Room B6002, Arts Faculty Building, TCD

2.00 – 2.15 Introduction

2.15 - 3.45 1. Religion and Violence in Sixteenth-Century France
Graeme Murdock (Trinity College Dublin) Chair
Penny Roberts (University of Warwick), ‘Religion and Royal Violence during the French Religious Wars’
Stuart Carroll (University of York), ‘The Politics of Protestant Violence’

3.45 - 4.15 Tea and Coffee

4.15 – 5.45 2. Religion and Violence in Revolutionary France
Charles Walton (University of Warwick) Chair
Francesco Buscemi (University of Warwick), ‘The Importance of Being Revolutionary: Oath Taking, Emotional Identities and the Violent Option (1789-1799)’
Joseph Clarke (Trinity College Dublin), ‘”The Rage of the Fanatics”: Religious Fanaticism and the Making of Revolutionary Violence’

7.00 Dinner for Speakers and Chairs

Saturday 16 September

10.00–11.30 3. Religion and Violence in Modern France
Molly Pucci (TCD) Chair
Jennifer Sessions (University of Iowa), ‘Making Settlers Muslim: Religion, Resistance, and Everyday Life in Colonial Algeria’
Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia (Rutgers University), ‘The Utility of Violence: The Contemporary Repertoire of Contentious Identity Politics’

11.30 -12.30 Conclusions

This workshop is open to the public but registration is required in advance. To register please e-mail Joseph Clarke at joseph dot clarke at tcd dot ie



10 March 2017

Abstracts of the papers are available here.

Room 1, The Wolfson Exchange, The Library, The University of Warwick

10.30 Registration and Coffee

11.00 Welcome. Professor Christopher Read, Department of History, University of Warwick.

11.30 First Session

Prof.dr. Ido de Haan, Political History, Department of History and Art History, Utrecht University: ‘The Dutch Paradox. History and Memory of the Holocaust in the Netherlands’.

Dr Anna Hájková, Department of History, University of Warwick: ‘Holocaust, Transgressive Sexuality, and Boundaries of the Narratable’.

1.00 Lunch2

2.00 Second Session

Dr Charlotte Heath-Kelly, Associate Professor, Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick: ‘What’s Political about Political Violence? Exploring ex-militant testimonies from the Italian left and the Cypriot anti-colonial struggle (1955-60)’.

Prof.dr. Jacco Pekelder, History of International Relations, Department of History and Art History, Utrecht University: ‘Terrorist Constituencies and the Dynamics of Political Violence: The Case of Baader Meinhof’.

3.30 Tea

4.00 Third Session

Professor David M. Anderson, Department of History, University of Warwick: ‘The Politics of Violence and Rebel Resistance in Kenya’s Detention Camps, 1956-1959’.

Dr. Uğur Üngör, Political History, Department of History and Art History, Utrecht University: ‘Mass Violence in Syria and Iraq: A Comparative Historical Perspective’.

Concluding Remarks. Dr Jonathan Davies, Department of History, University of Warwick.

To register for the workshop, please email j dot d dot davies at warwick dot ac dot uk by 3 March 2017.

Religion and Violence in France: From the Religious Wars to the Revolution

Friday 23 September 2016, 10.30 a.m.-3.30 p.m

Humanities Building, Room H303, University of Warwick

The relationship between religion and violence has long-dominated the historiography of the sixteenth-century religious wars in France. More recently, it has become a focus for scholars of the French Revolution which itself looked back to the religious wars as an instructive period in various ways. It is also a relationship which is tragically topical for France today. This workshop will bring together historians working in both fields for a comparative look at the role of religion and violence in these conflicts. There will be four introductory papers, but the main focus will be an open discussion of these themes. Confirmed presenters: Stuart Carroll, Joseph Clarke, Penny Roberts and Charles Walton (abstracts below).

There is no fee for registration and lunch and other refreshments will be included. If you are interested in attending, please contact penny dot roberts at warwick dot ac dot uk for further details.

10.30 a.m. Coffee

11 a.m. Session 1

Stuart Carroll (York): Protestant Violence as Political Violence

This paper addresses what recent history might have to teach us about the relationship between the nature of the religious and the political. It questions whether the religious can be isolated as a category from the political before c.1700. It uses some examples of 'Protestant' violence to illustrate this point.

Penny Roberts (Warwick): Religion and Royal Violence during the Religious Wars

Natalie Davis' 'Rites of Violence' focused much of the historiography of the religious wars on the period up to and including the St Bartholomew's Day massacres and on popular violence. This paper will make a case for a shift in crown policy in the use of judicial violence against the Huguenots post 1572.

12.30-1.30 - lunch

1.30 - Session 2

Joseph Clarke (Trinity College, Dublin): ‘Armed Missionaries’: Soldiers and the Sacred in the 1790s

The historiography of Revolutionary violence has traditionally revolved around the urban ‘crowd’ and its relationship with the political elites. This paper looks instead to the Revolution’s men in uniform, the paramilitaries and regular soldiers who were responsible for the bulk of the blood shed during the Revolutionary period, to examine how a sense of religious difference shaped their recourse to extremes of violence throughout the 1790s.

Charles Walton (Warwick): Religion, Reciprocity and French Revolutionary Violence: Linking Political Economy to the Sacred

In light of Kojin Karatani’s recent book, The Structure of World History, I will discuss how the French Revolution gave expression to a religious like vision of political economy — fraternal reciprocity — and how this utopian vision was generative of political violence.

Warwick History of Violence Network Workshop

Friday 13 May 2016

S0.19 Social Sciences Building, University of Warwick

10-30 Reception and Coffee

11-00 – 11.30 Keynote introduction

Richard Bessel (York) Violence: A Modern Obsession

11.30 – 1-00 Revolutionary Violence: Theory and Practice

Steve Smith (All Souls) Revolutionary violence

Philippe le Goff (Kingston) Auguste Blanqui and the question of violence

Alistair Dickins (Manchester) Rewriting a Violent Script? The Fear of Popular Unrest in the Russian Revolution, 1917

1-00 – 1-45 Lunch Break

1-45 – 3-30 War, Race, Drugs and Violence

Pierre Purseigle (Warwick) War and violence in 20th century

Ben Smith (Warwick) Mexican cartels and the Drugs Wars

Michael Fleming (Warwick) Narrating antisemitic violence to the British governing class: The Weekly Political Intelligence Summary and the Holocaust.

Brendan McGeever (Birkbeck) Why was antisemitic violence such a problem within the revolutionary left specifically in Ukraine/western Russia in 1918 and 1919?

3-30 – 4-00 Break

4-00 – 4-30 Summary of the Day – Future Plans
The Convenors

Presentations should be around 15 minutes long.
Network and Workshop Convenors: Chris Read, Jonathan Davies.
Getting to Warwick: By car – There are a number of car parks on campus. For Social Sciences Car Parks 8, 10 and 15 are within five minutes walk. (Pay and Display - £3 for full day). Postcode for satnav: CV4 7AL
By Train: Coventry Station then taxi or bus no 12X, 11 and 11U from station forecourt –to the campus (30 mins approx)
Full details on University website