Warwick-Newberry Summer Workshop: Gender and Belief in the Early Modern World

Friday, November 9, 2007
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Warwick-Newberry Collaborative Programs

Held at the University of Warwick, Coventry, England. The theme for this year’s series of workshops is “Belief and Unbelief in the Early Modern Period.”

This one-day workshop addressed such topics 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?

Welcome and Introduction

Ingrid De Smet, Director, Centre for the Study of the Renaissance

Session 1: Open or Closed? Gender, Belief, and Community in a Transatlantic Perspective   

Female Religious Communities in Early Modern Europe
Silvia Evangelisti, University of East Anglia

Luther and the Household: Myth and Reality
Lyndal Roper, Balliol College, University of Oxford

Gender and Religion in Early Modern Colonialism: an Overview
Merry Wiesner-Hanks, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Roundtable discussion

Session 2: Configurations of Gender and Belief   

Faith and Gender in English Renaissance Women Translators’ Paratexts
Brenda Hosington, University of Warwick, emerita

Gendering a City: Representations of London in Civic Pageantry of the Early Seventeenth Century
Kimberley Martin, University of Warwick

Inspiration and Aspiration: Invocations of the Holy Spirit in Lucy Hutchinson’s Order and Disorder and John Milton’s Paradise Lost
John West, University of Warwick

Session 3: Gender and Belief: Problems, Questions, and Avenues for Research  

Presentations by Warwick graduate students:  

The Significance of Belief about Angels in the English Reformation
Laura Sangha

James Shirley, Ireland’s Catholic Playwright?
Justine Williams

Music, Gender, and Belief in Post-Reformation England
Jonathan Willis

Robert Swanson, University of Birmingham
George Hoffmann, University of Michigan

This is one of a series of collaborative programs between the University of Warwick Centre for the Study of the Renaissance and the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

See the University of Warwick’s web page about this series of programs. Learn more about the Center for Renaissance Studies’ Warwick-Newberry Collaborative Programs.