Anti-Catholicism in Europe & America, 1520-1900
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
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A three-day workshop on anti-Catholicism in Europe and America will be held at Newcastle University 11-13 September 2018. The aims of the workshop are to compare and contrast the anti-Catholic traditions of a range of countries and regions across Europe and America from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century; to see how definitions of ‘popery’ changed according to the political/religious context in which they were situated; and to assess how, why, and to what extent anti-Catholicism might be seen to have contributed to wider historical processes such as the Reformation, Enlightenment, empire, state building, and the formation of national identities.
Themes of discussion may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Anti-Catholicism and National Identities
Anti-Catholicism and the Atlantic World
Anti-Catholicism in America
Anti-Catholicism and the Reformation
Anti-Catholicism and the Enlightenment
Anti-Catholic readings of the past
Representations of ‘papists’
Anti-Catholicism and politics/political thought
Anti-Catholic violence, unrest, and riot
Change and continuity in concepts of anti-Catholicism
Catholic reactions to anti-Catholicism
It is expected that proceedings from the workshop will be published at a later date.
The workshop is being organised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded network, ‘Anti-Catholicism in British History: c. 1520-1900’. The aim of this network is to outline the history of anti-Catholicism in Britain by focussing on how it contributed to political, cultural, and religious movements during moments of crisis, by tracing the roles which stereotypes and conspiracy theories played in maintaining anti-Catholic ideology, and by assessing the ways in which anti-Catholicism changed across the centuries and how vital this change was to ensuring that it remained a significant part of ‘British’ and ‘Protestant’ identities. This workshop on Europe and America is intended to draw comparisons between nations: anti-Catholicism is often cited as being crucial to national identity, but was it, perhaps, a supra-national ideology? Given that so many countries and groups claimed it as a hallmark of their identity, can it be seen as a ‘national’ phenomenon in any meaningful sense?
April 30, 2018, 5:00pm BST
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