Newsletter n. 13 – October 2015

To all researchers interested in the history of Early Modern European Religious Dissents and Radicalism,
dear members of EMoDiR,
you will find the following sections in the newsletter:

 1. Information about the research group etc.

 2. Recent activities, recent publications

 3. Upcoming events, CFPs, conference announcements etc.

 4. Fellowship announcements


1. The Research Group

Institutional partners of the network are EHESS, Paris; CRH, Centre de Recherches Historiques; Ruhruniversität Bochum, Historisches Institut; Università di Venezia, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici; Università di Verona, Dipartimento Tempo, Spazio, Immagine e Società – TeSIS; University of Maryland, College Park, Department of History; University of Geneve – Institute d'Histoire de la Réformation (IHR) and Lerma – Laboratoire d'Études et de Recherches sur le Monde Anglophone, Aix-Marseille University; The Morris E. Curiel Institute for European Studies of Tel Aviv University;

We welcome our new partner: Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 – EA 174 Formes et idées de la Renaissance aux Lumières!


2. Recent scientific activities

2.1. Conference participation

14-16th June 2015 Tel Aviv University: Behavioral Practice, Social Boundaries and the Marking of Identity in the Early Modern Era, Joint Tel Aviv University-University of Maryland Workshop, Tel Aviv University http://www2.tau.ac.il/InternetFiles/event/Humanities/UserFiles/file/BehavioralPractice.pdf

2.2. Publications

ArtRefo Launches Virtual Exhibition "Rare Reformation Relics". The exhibition shows images and objects from the collections of museums across Europe that testify to the richness and variety of the visual and material culture of the Reformation era. Portraits and visual satires from both Lutheran and Reformed contexts are juxtaposed with objects as diverse as enamel plates, liturgical textiles and communion vessels. http://www.refo500.nl/exhibitions/5/rare-reformation-relics.html

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3. Upcoming scientific activities

3.1. CFPs 

15th October 2015 submission deadline for Indifférence religieuse et athéisme Colloque AFSR (Association française de sciences sociales des religions) Paris – 1-2 February 2016 http://cesor.ehess.fr/2015/07/09/appel-a-communication-colloque-afsr-indifference-religieuse-et-atheisme/


15 October 2015 submission deadline for Geschichte und Geschichten von Devianz im Pietismus Franckesche Stiftungen, Historisches Waisenhaus, Amerikazimmer Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Pietismusforschung der Martin- Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg in Verbindung mit den Franckeschen Stiftungen zu Halle, 20-22.10. 2016. http://www.pietismus.uni-halle.de/veranstaltungen/2016/Devianz_CfP.pdf


20th October 2015 submission deadline for Early Modern Women on Metaphysics, Religion and Science. Conference on 21-23 March 2016, University of Groningen, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies http://www.rug.nl/ggw/news/events/2016/early-modern-women-on-metaphysics-religion-and-science


25th October 2015 submission deadline for proposals: New Critical Studies on Quaker Women: 1650-1800

The corpus of Quaker women’s history and literature offers one of the most fascinating studies of gender across all centuries and continents.  This small group of women pioneers, activists, prophets and writers has often been at the grassroots of revolutionary movements, fuelling and propelling the way for global, monumental change.  Yet, there is very little in Quaker historiography that specifically highlights or features the gathered influence of these women. While only a few scholars have analysed early Quaker women’s contributions as spiritual foremothers and visionary leaders (Christine Trevett’s Women and Quakerism, 1991; Phyllis Mack’s Visionary Women, 1992; Rebecca Larson’s Daughters of Light, 1999; and Catie Gill’s Women in the Seventeenth-Century Quaker Community, 2005), there has not been a twenty-first-century compilation of new critical studies on Quaker women. With a central focus on gender, this project seeks to assemble an interdisciplinary body of writers with a shared interest in reassessing early Quaker women, highlighting new discoveries and interpretations about their literary creation, historical landmarks, and transatlantic movements. 

 Possible topics include, but are not limited to: Women and the origins of Quakerism (the influence of the earliest women Friends), Feminization of early Quaker religious practices, Women’s socio-political positions within Quaker theology and culture, Women’s Meetings (as a site of power, autonomy, change), Women and Quaker print culture (vs. the censorship of Second Day Morning Meeting), Manuscript Culture, The limited placement of women in early Quaker historiography, Women on the margins of QuakerismWomen and the slave trade, Martyrology and gender, Women and Language, Women and Prophetic Performance, Religio-political writings by women, Autobiography and “convincement”, Dissent and identity studies, Women, leadership, and networking, Lesser known Quaker women (e.g. Elizabeth Hooten, Martha Simmonds, Mary Fisher, etc.), Women Friends’ influence on other religious sects and communities

 Please submit proposals of approximately 500 words, along with a curriculum vita, to: Michele Lise Tarter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )  and Catie Gill (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by October 25, 2015. If you have any questions, please do no hesitate to contact us.


31st October 2015 submission deadline for 51. Deutscher Historikertag "Glaubensfragen", 20-23th September 2016 Universität Hamburg, http://www.historikerverband.de/historikertag/51-deutscher-historikertag-2016/call-for-sessions.html


30 novembre 2015, submission deadline for Lumière de la foi, lumières de la raison. The light of faith, the enlightement of reason. L'éducation religieuse féminine en débat au XVIIIe siècle. Debates about religious education for women in the 18th century, conference at Metz, France 14-15 march 2016 (http://calenda.org/338190)


31 December 2015 submission deadline for The Fourth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies that will be held June 20-22, 2016 in St. Louis University.


3.2. Upcoming events

30th September-1st October 2015, Behavioral Practice, Social Boundaries, & the Marking of Identity in the Early Modern Era. Second Joint University of Maryland - Tel Aviv University Workshop. Francis Scott Key Hall 2120 University of Maryland, College Park http://history.umd.edu/events/behavorial-practice-social-boundaries-marking-identity-early-modern-era

21-24th October 2015, Gender – Pietismus – Adel. Interdisziplinäre Tagung des Interdisziplinären Zentrums für Pietismusforschung der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg in Verbindung mit den Franckeschen Stiftungen zu Halle gemeinsam mit dem Arbeitskreis "Pietismus und Gender", Historisches Waisenhaus (Haus 1), Amerika-Zimmer: http://www.pietismus.uni-halle.de/veranstaltungen/2015/Gender-Pietismus-Adel_Programm.pdf

14-15th January 2016, Ecole Française de Rome, Le commerce des objets de dévotion chrétiens : approches croisées (XVIe-XIXe siècle) http://calenda.org/332041

17-18th March 2016 Wittenberg, Konjunkturen konfessioneller Differenz? Zur gesellschaftlichen Interaktion von Lutheranern und Reformierten zwischen 1648 und den Kirchenunionen des 19. Jahrhunderts, <http://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-28611>.

31 March–2 April 2016, 62nd Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Boston, with 5 EMoDiR-panels on „languages of dissent“ coordinated by Stefano Villani. http://www.rsa.org/?page=2016Bosto 


4. Fellowships

19th October 2015 application deadline for 3-year Fixed Term Post-doctoral Research Associateship, as part of major interdisciplinary project, ‘Remembering the Reformation': http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ALZ665/3-year-fixed-term-post-doctoral-research-associateship/

30 October 2015 application deadline for visiting fellowship: CRASSH appoints two visiting fellows, each for a term, to research the topic of conversion in the Early Modern period. The two fellows work on a project connected to the theme of conversion, and contribute to the interdisciplinary, collaborative international project Early Modern Conversions: Religions, Cultures, Cognitive Ecologies by participating in the events of the network sponsored by CRASSH: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/applications/position/view/135

4th December 2015, application deadline for James K. Cameron Faculty Fellowship 2016-17. This Fellowship is open to any colleague in a faculty post with research interests in the field of early modern religious history. It covers the cost of accommodation for a semester in St Andrews (in a University-owned apartment) together with the costs of transportation to and from St Andrews from the holder’s normal place of work. The Fellowship carries no teaching duties, though the Fellow is expected to take place in the normal seminar life of the Institute for the duration of his or her stay in St Andrews. The Fellowship may be taken during either semester of the academic year 2016-17 (September to December or February to May). http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/reformation/news.html


EMoDiR (Early Modern religious Dissents and Radicalism) is an international research network devoted to understanding religious dissent in Europe.  It is committed to gathering together a variety of research projects on early modern religious culture which, given its multifaceted nature, is conceived as a dynamic system. Based on a detailed investigation that transcends traditional historiographical boundaries (notably national and/or confessional), we wish to examine the discursive constructions and the socio-cultural practices of religious dissent.  The declared aims of EMoDiR are the promotion of national and international research projects; organising seminars, meetings, conferences and workshops; publication of its own activities; supporting interdisciplinary and international collaboration; disseminating research carried out by the group; establishing research networks and scientific exchanges.

We send a monthly newsletter with information on research activities, conference participation, workshops, recent publications on the subject of early modern religious dissents and radicalism. Even if we privilege activities organised by the members of the network themselves we also try to include other relevant notices. Please do not hesitate to let us know if there are any activities you organise or you come to know about that you wish to circulate among the members of EMoDiR and others who might be interested.

For further information: www.emodir.net

Postal address: Research Group in Early Modern Religious Dissents & Radicalism (EMoDiR) c/o Federico Barbierato, Dipartimento Tempo, Spazio, Immagine e Società (TeSIS), Università di Verona, Via San Francesco, 22, I-37129 Verona, Fax. 00390458028141

Listowner: Xenia von Tippelskirch, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin

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