Workshop: Early Modern Catholic Life-Writing, 31 May 2014

Early Modern Catholic Life-Writing

31 May 2014, 10am – 4pm – Seminar Room, third floor – Radcliffe Humanities Building



Registration is free but spaces are limited. Contact


10.00 Welcome and introduction, Dr. Nicholas Davidson (St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford) and Emma Turnbull (Balliol College, 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’

12.15 Lunch

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, Dr. Victoria Van Hyning (Zooniverse, University of Oxford)

4.00 Drinks reception


Organised by: Emma Turnbull, Tom Hamilton, Katie McKeogh and Nicholas Davidson

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