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

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

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.

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