Newsletter n. 2 – June 2014

To all researchers interested in the history of Early Modern European Religious Dissents and Radicalism,

dear members of EMoDiR,

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.

Members of the Scientific Advisory Board: Alessandro Arcangeli, Federico Barbierato (coordinator of Executive Committee), Emese Balint, Daniela Solfaroli Camillocci, Jean-Pierre Cavaillé, Bernard Cooperman, Pierre-Antoine Fabre, Nicolas Fornerod, Ariel Hessayon, Sophie Houdard, Mario Infelise, Adelisa Malena (secretary), Anne Page, Chiara Petrolini, Philip Soergel, Xenia von Tippelskirch (chair of Scientific Advisory Board), Anne-Charlott Trepp, Stefano Villani.

For further information: www.emodir.net


You will find the following sections in the newsletter

1. Information about the research group, new members etc.

2. Recent activities, recent publications

3. Upcoming events, CFPs, conference announcements, PhD positions etc.



1. The Research Group

1.1. Institutional partners of the network are Università di Verona, Dipartimento Tempo, Spazio, Immagine e Società – TeSIS; Università di Venezia, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici; EHESS, Paris; CRH, Centre de Recherches Historiques; Ruhruniversität Bochum, Historisches Institut; 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

1. 2. New members

It is with great pleasure that we greet two new individual members who joined the group during the last month.                

Evrim Binbas, Luis González Fernández

Individual researchers can join EMoDiR at the invitation of the scientific advisory board, or can apply by themselves to the scientific advisory board by submitting a curriculum vitae and a list of selected publications to Federico Barbierato, Adelisa Malena, or Xenia von Tippelskirch (http://www.emodir.net/members/how-to-join-us).


2. Recent scientific activities 

2.1. Recent Conference participation and EMoDiR - Workshops

15-16 May 2014, Roma. Domesticating the Other. Sacred heritage and politics of religious control in Europe 1500 – 1900. Explorative workshop organised by the Swedish Institute in Rome and EMoDiR Research Group

21 May 2014, ToulouseL'irréligion populaire. Journée d'études organisée par le Lisst-Centre d'Anthropologie Sociale en collaboration avec EMoDiR – avec la participation de Jean-Pierre Cavaillé, Jean-Pierre Albert, Didier Foucault, Federico Barbierato, Sophie Houdard (http://www.ethno-info.com/index.php?id=489)

29 May 2014, Verona. Percorsi nella storia religiosa della prima Età moderna. Genere, visioni e caccia alle streghe. Seminario d’EMoDiR con la partecipazione di Federico Barbierato, Guido dall’Olio, Tamar Herzig, Adelisa Malena

2.2. Publications

Fabien SALESSE (ed.), Le bon historien sait faire parler les silences Hommages à Thierry Waneffelen, "Méridiennes", Université de Toulouse, 2012. Le livre est un travail qui fait suite au décès très prématuré de ce bon historien du religieux.


Isabelle BRIAN, Prêcher à Paris sous l'Ancien Régime. XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles, Paris, Editions Classiques Garnier 2014.         

Please send notice of any relevant publication you would like to see notified in the next newsletter to the following email-address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. Upcoming scientific activities

3.1. CFPs

8 June 2014 submission deadline for The 61st Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America - Berlin, 26-28 March 2015

Since EMoDiR has become an associated organisation of RSA in March 2014, we plan to submit several sessions. Whoever may be interested in participating please get into contact with Stefano Villani at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

15 June 2014 submission deadline for Errances, égarements, erreurs, hérésies au XVIIe siècle. 45e Congrès annuel de la North-American Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature (NASSCFL) Québec, 4-5-6 juin 2015. http://socar.ca/appels

22 June 2014 submission deadline for Gender – Pietismus – Adel. Arbeitskreis "Gender und Pietismus" Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Pietismusforschung der Martin Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle an der Saale, Franckesche Stiftungen zu Halle, Historisches Waisenhaus, 22.10.2015-24.10.2015 

15 September 2014 submission deadline for The Spiritual Geopolitics of the Early Modern World (1500-1800) conference organized by Lauric Henneton (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines), Susanne Lachenicht (Universität Bayreuth, Germany), Owen Stanwood (Boston College, USA) Laurent Veyssière (Ministère de la Défense, France) at Vincennes/Paris, Château de Vincennes, 13.3.2015 

3.2. Upcoming events

10 June 2014: Roma, Archivio della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede/ Sapienza Università di Roma – Dipartimento di Storia Culture Religioni. L'Inquisizione e le donne. Roma, Piazza del Sant’Uffizio, 11- Sala S. Domenico. 

12 June 2014, 4 p.m.: Auditorium dell'Archivio di Stato di Firenze – Viale Giovine Italia, 6. Presentazione del libro di Tamar Herzig, Le donne di Savonarola. Spiritualità e devozione nell’Italia del Rinascimento, intervengono Anna Scattigno e Isabella Gagliardi; coordina Gabriella Zarri, sarà presente l’autrice

12 June 2014: Paris III: Légende(s) : lire et écrire des vies de saints (XVIIe - XIXe/XXe siècles)Journée d’études organisée par Sophie Houdard, Marion de Lencquesaing et Didier Philippot, Salle de l’École Doctorale, Max Milner, 17 rue de la Sorbonne, escalier C, 2e étage, Paris.

26-28 June 2014: Goldsmiths, University of London. Revisiting Early Modern Prophecies (c.1500-c.1815). Conference organized by Ariel Hessayon and Lionel Laborie (in collaboration with EMoDiR)

Preregistration and programme may be found here: http://www.gold.ac.uk/history/research/panaceasociety/propheciesconference/

(Please note also that the Louvre museum in Paris is organizing a series of conferences and events (films, operas, live performances…) on prophecies and the apocalypse just before the conference, between 19 May and 19 June. You can find the detailed programme here: http://www.louvre.fr/progtems/propheties)

16-19 October 2014, New Orleans, EMoDiR-Panel at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference: Sex, Food, Religious Identity: Defining Social Boundaries in Early Modern Europe with the participation of Bernard Cooperman, Federico Barbierato, Tamar Herzig, Philip Soergel.

26-29 November 2014, Menaggio, Atelier trilatéral « Villa Vigoni »: Les dissidences religieuses en Europe à l’époque moderne : des constructions en mouvement (liens, langages, objets) coordonné par Adelisa Malena, Sophie Houdard et Xenia von Tippelskirch

3.3. PhD positions

 15th June 2014 application deadline:  The International Max Planck Research School for the Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Eurasia (IMPRS ANARCHIE), a cooperation between the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, offers: Openings for PhD students, starting 1st of October 2014

The aim of ANARCHIE is to renew transdisciplinary agendas in fields where socio-cultural anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians have much to gain from cross-fertilization. The designated fields include collective identifications, religion and ritual, and economic and demographic causation. While the first cohort of PhD students is conducting research in the area of collective identifications, students now invited are expected to present research projects dealing with religion and ritualThe PhD grants are generally awarded for two years, with the possibility of two six-month extensions. The Max Planck Society strives to employ more persons with disabilities and explicitly encourages applications. 

Please submit application as PDF to Prof. Dr. Andreas Pečar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Applicants should send the following documentation: cover letter; CV, including list of publication; short (no more than two pages) summary of the research proposed, which should demonstrate clear links both to the applicant’s previous work and qualifications and to the IMPRS ANARCHIE, photocopies of university degrees; names of two referees, whom the jury may contact; For further information about the Institute and IMPRS ANARCHIE please visit: www.eth.mpg.de and www.eth.mpg.de/cms/de/imprs/anarchie

16 juin 2014 Call for applications: Doctoral Fellowship for a PhD thesis in Early Modern History (funded by the Region Pays de la Loire): Discrimination et tolérance en France et dans le Refuge au XVIIe siècle. L’itinéraire d’Henri Basnage de Beauval (1656-1710), avocat de la République des Lettres http://www.univ-angers.fr/_attachments/ed-sce-article-10/CERHIO.pdf?download=true


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