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Life-writing is a defining feature of early modern Catholicism. Reading and writing lives helped individuals and groups make sense of what it meant to be Catholic. In the early modern world they increasingly did so in diverse genres and media, and in a variety of situations. A particular focus of this workshop is on life-writing in its social context and so one session will consider how scholars in the humanities can learn from and make use of network analysis.
Organisers: Nicholas Davidson, Tom Hamilton, Katie McKeogh, Emma Turnbull
10.00 Welcome and introduction, Dr. Nicholas Davidson (St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford)
Chair: Dr. John-Paul Ghobrial (Balliol College, University of Oxford)
10.10 Robin MacDonald (University of York), '"I wrote to you from the sea": landscapes, 'travelling narratives', and seventeenth century missionaries to New France'
10.45 Liesbeth Corens (Jesus College, University of Cambridge), 'Collecting as mission: English Catholic record collectors bridging the channel'
11.20 Tea and coffee
Chair: Katie McKeogh (Linacre College, University of Oxford)
11.40 Arthur Downing (All Souls College, University of Oxford), 'Social network analysis: a tool for early modern historians'
Chair: Emma Turnbull (Balliol College, University of Oxford)
1.15 Katie McKeogh (Linacre College, University of Oxford), 'Flowers of Fathers: contemporary and historical Catholic lives in an English Catholic commonplace book'
1.50 Johannes Depnering (Oriel College, University of Oxford), 'Writing about "mystical experiences" in a diary-like manuscript: the late-medieval Dominican nun Elsbeth von Oye'
2.25 Tea and coffee
Chair: Tom Hamilton (New College, University of Oxford)
2.45 Marion de Lencquesaing (University of Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle), 'How to begin the life of a saint after the Counter-Reformation? The portrait of the most Catholic Bénigne Frémyot in the first Lives of Jeanne de Chantal'
3.20 Closing discussion
4.00 Drinks reception
Image included with the permission of The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, Bod. MS Eng. Th. b. 1 fol. 797v
Early Modern Catholicism
Audience: Open to all