Provisional Programme

The provisional programme for the Reformation Colloquium can be viewed below.

Wednesday 14th September: Day One

10.00-12.00 – Registration


Panel: Anti-Catholicism and Visual Culture in post-Reformation England

Chair: Anna French

  • Adam Morton (Newcastle): ‘Sanctifying Sight: Popery, Purgation, and Stephen Bateman’s Christall Glass of Reformation (1569)
  • Thomas Freeman (Essex): ‘Martyrs, myths and memory: the visual legacy of John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments
  • Naomi Lebens (The Courtald Institute of Art): ‘Playing at Plotting: Francis Barlow and the “Popish Plot” Playing-Cards c.1679’.

Panel: Local Responses to the Reformation

Chair: Alfred Johnson

  • Anne Le Baigue (Kent): ‘“Where true, faithfull and godly philosophers raigne and beare rule”: Sandwich and the impact of the Reformation, 1558-1625’.
  • Elizabeth Goodwin (Sheffield): ‘A Scramble for Monastic Land? Communal Negotiation of Yorkshire Cistercian Convents at the Dissolution of the Monasteries’.


  • Sarah Bastow (Huddersfield): ‘Catholic Male Piety in post-Reformation England’.

13.30-14.00 – Coffee



Panel: Polemic & the Reformation

Chair: Adam Morton

  • Joshua Rodda (Nottingham): ‘Dissenting Voices? The Fictional Religious Dialogue as a Source for Reformation History’.
  • Jasper van der Steen (Humbolt-Universität zu Berlin): ‘Appropriating the Reformation: Religious Memory in the Dutch Republic, 1609-1619’.
  • Susan Royal (Durham): ‘John Foxe, Episcopacy, and the via media of the Church of England’.

Panel: Zeal, Election and Edification

Chair: Jonathan Willis

  • Catherine McMillan (Edinburgh): ‘“Zeal and charity”: Scottish Charitable Giving in Support of Geneva and the Common Cause of Protestantism’.
  • Hsing-hao Chao (National Taichung University, Taiwan): ‘The Idea of the Elect Nation in Milton’s Prose’.
  • Mikki Brock (Washington and Lee): ‘Between the Devil and the Elect: Preaching Predestination in Early Modern Scotland’.


  • Alexander Hardie-Forsyth (York): ‘They could not see in to the sense of Scripture’: Toward a Marginal History of Reading the Geneva


Panel: Remembering the Reformation: Memory, the Edwardian Reformation, and Elizabethan England


Chair: Lucy Wooding


  • Ceri Law (Cambridge): ‘Reading the Sermons of Hugh Latimer as Memorials’.
  • Stephen Tong (Cambridge): ‘From Edward to Elizabeth via Frankfurt’.
  • Brian Cummings (York): ‘Bucer’s Books: Memory and Grapho-Relics’.


15.30-16.00 – Coffee




Panel: Remembering the Reformation: Martyrs, Missionaries and Catholic Memory


Chair: Adam Morton


  • Bronwyn Wallace (York): ‘Re-membering Robert Southwell’
  • Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge): Martyrdom, Mission and Memory in the English Counter Reformation: Thomas Maxfield and his Afterlives.
  • Liesbeth Corens (Cambridge): ‘Storehouses of Memory: English Expatriate Houses and Catholic Memory’.


Panel: Types and Anti-Types in the Reformation World

Chair: Rosamund Oates

  • Patrick McGhee (Cambridge): ‘Heathenism in the Post-Reformation Atlantic World’.
  • Russell Newton (Edinburgh): ‘Systematising Typology: The Making of Moses Unveiled (1620)’.
  • Anne Thompson (Warwick): ‘Recovering and reconstructing the lives of parish clergy wives in Elizabethan England’.

Panel: Life writing in Counter-Reformation Europe

Chair: Luc Racaut

  • Carol Baxter (Trinity College Dublin): ‘The construction of sainthood as a family enterprise: the politics of life-writing at Port-Royal’
  • Jaime Goodrich, (Wayne State University): ‘The Intertextual Cloister: Lucy Knatchbull, Toby Matthew, and Life Writing among the English Benedictines of Ghent’
  • Jennifer Hillman (Chester): ‘Lives Entwined: Lay Women, Friendship and Spiritual Biography in Counter-Reformation Paris’


17.45-1900: Marc Forster (Connecticut College): ‘What Happened to the Popular Reformation’?

Chair: Alexandra Walsham

19.30: Conference Meal 1 (Courtyard)


Thursday 15th September: Day Two


Panel: Crossing boundaries in Europe’s Reformations

Chair: Luc Racaut

  • Lucy Nicholas (King’s College, London): ‘Crossing boundaries in the European Reformation: Johannes Sturm and the English Reformation’.
  • Thomas Goodwin (New College, Oxford): ‘The Poligrafi and the Circulation of Religious Deviancy in Printed Books in Sixteenth-Century Italy’.
  • Nicholas Terpstra (Toronto): ‘Exile, expulsion, and religious refugees: Forced migrations and the meaning of Reformation’.

Panel: Adapting & Contesting Material Culture

Chair: Adam Morton

  • Maria Crăciun (Cluj): ‘Lutheran Retables and Confessional Iconographic Programmes in Early Modern Transylvania’.
  • Daisy Gibbs (Newcastle): ‘The Mirror of Martyrs, Music and Monument in the Elizabethan fin-de-siècle’.
  • Anik Laferrière (Keble College, Oxford): ‘Peddlers of Paradise: Indulgences and Confraternity from the Austin Friars’.

Panel: The Reformation and the Disenchantment of the World

Chair: Alexandra Walsham

  • Ralph Stevens (University College Dublin): ‘“The Psalms of the Day”: Providence, liturgy, and scripture in seventeenth-century England’.
  • Martin Kjellgren (Malmö): ‘Disenchantment Revisited: a Reappraisal of the Reformation and the “Decline of Magic” in the Christian World’.
  • Martin Christ (Oxford): ‘An incomplete Reformation? Rituals and Religion in Upper Lusatia, c. 1520-1620’.


10.30-11.00 – Coffee


Panel: Reformation Self-Fashioning? Writing and Identity

Chair: Adam Morton

  • Jacqueline Rose (St. Andrews): ‘“A particular favour from God?” Persuasion, polemic, and the conversion of Anne Hyde, Duchess of York’.
  • Antonella Cagnolati (Foggia) & Sergio Marin Conejo (Seville): ‘Performing death in Reformation England. Women and the last stage of life in funeral sermons (1560-1640)’.
  • Laura Sangha (Exeter): ‘Life-writing and Religious Identity in post-Reformation England’.

Panel: Reform & Restoration: Edward VI & Mary I


  • Stephanie Shing-Kelly (Adelaide): ‘Female Patronage and the religious book in the reign of Edward VI, 1547-1553’.
  • Stephen Bates (Warwick): ‘The Church of Mary Tudor revisited: the evidence of the primers’.
  • Aude de Mezerac (Lille): ‘The Restoration of the Mass under Mary I’.

Panel: Catholics, Exiles & Martyrs

Chair: Thomas Freeman

  • James Kelly (Durham): ‘Whose martyr is it anyway? The Oath of Allegiance, martyrdom and the Benedictine mission to England’.
  • Fred Smith (Clare College, Cambridge): ‘Identity, Agency and Catholic Exile, 1532-1558’.
  • Cristina Bravo Lozano (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville): ‘Rethinking the Irish Mission: The Case of Gerard Dowdall’.


12.30-14.00: Lunch



Panel: Conformity and Nonconformity in the very long Reformation

Chair: Adam Morton

  • Carys Brown (Cambridge): ‘Moderation, politeness, and toleration in England, c. 1689-1712’
  • Ben Rogers (Edinburgh): ‘The Politics of Comprehension in Scotland, 1689-1702’
  • Alice Soulieux-Evans (Cambridge): ‘Symbols of Conformity or a Minority Preference? English Cathedrals & the Drive for Comprehension, 1660-1689’.
  • Andrew Carter (St. Andrews): ‘“I hope our friendship shall not suffer by it”: Relations between conformists and non-conformists in Scotland, 1661-1678’.

Panel: Negotiation & Exchange: Catholics in post-Reformation Britain


  • Liam Temple (Northumbria): ‘“To the Reader who is not Catholike”: Benedictine texts and their Protestant readership in mid-seventeenth century England’.
  • Anna Seregina (Russian Academy of Sciences): ‘Catholic nobles and the ritual of the New Year gift exchange in Elizabethan England’.
  • Katherine Koh (University of California, Riverside): ‘ “In Animo Catholicus”: The Foundation and Early Years of St. John’s College, Oxford (1555-1581).
  • Eilish Gregory (UCL): ‘The Navigation of the Sequestration and Compounding Process during the Civil War and Interregnum: The Case of John Caryll’.

16.00-16.30 – Coffee

17.00-18.30: Susan Karant-Nunn (Arizona): ‘The Individual in the Reformation’

Chair: Nicholas Terpstra

19.00: Conference Dinner 2 (Courtyard)


Friday 16th September: Day Three:


Panel: Affecting Reform: Sensing, Disability and the Body in post-Reformation culture

Chair: Adam Morton

  • Chris R. Langley (Newman University): ‘“The best schollars that Christ gets are blind, lame, cripples, and such like”: Clerical attitudes towards bodily disability in seventeenth-century Scotland’.
  • Lucy Busfield (St. John’s College, Oxford): ‘“Sweete Society”: Spiritual Counselling and the Epistolary Communion of Saints in Seventeenth-century England’.
  • Rosamund Oates (Manchester Metropolitan University): ‘“Speaking with hands”: preaching & deafness in early modern England’.
  • Anna French (Liverpool): ‘Perceptions of Infancy and Unplanned Pregnancy in post-Reformation England’


Panel: Scripture, Law, and Society

Chair: Laura Sangha

  • Steven Foster (Leeds): ‘“subiectes so disobedient”: Romans 13 and the Edwardian Rebellions of 1549’
  • Takayuki Yagi (Edinburgh): ‘The Doctrine of Reprobation in William Ames (1576-1633)’
  • Jonathan Willis (Birmingham): ‘Law and Order in Post-Reformation England: The Ten Commandments and the Preaching of Assize Sermons’
  • Alfred Johnson (Sydney): ‘The Reformation and Civility in Scotland’.


11.00-11.30 – Coffee

11.30-13.00: Lucy Wooding (Kings College, London): ‘Picturing the Reformation: perceptions of faith in early modern England’.

Chair: Jonathan Willis

Conference closes.


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