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Representing Popery in Britain & Ireland, 1520-1900

April 10, 2019 - April 11, 2019
School of History, Classics, and Archaeology, Newcastle University

Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

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Representing Popery in Britain & Ireland, 1520-1900

A two-day workshop on the representation of popery in British history (from the Reformation to the close of the nineteenth century) will take place at Newcastle University, 10-11 April 2019. The aims of the workshop are to assess and evaluate the roles that representations of Catholics (and other figures deemed to be ‘popish’) played in political, religious, and social discourse over four centuries of British history. To what extent were these representations reliant upon stereotypes and conspiracy theories? What was the balance between continuity and change in these representations across the centuries? Did each region of the British Isles have distinct traditions of representing popery? And to what extent was popery distinct from Catholicism as a language and/or ideology of politics at various points in British history?

The workshop is being organized by ‘Anti-Catholicism in British History c.1520-1900’, a network funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The aim of this network is to outline the history of anti-Catholicism in Britain by focusing 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 vital part of ‘British’ and ‘Protestant’ identities.

If you would like to join the network or participate in its workshops and events, please send a brief outline of your research interests to adam.morton@newcastle.ac.uk

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