Seminar – Michaelmas Term 2014 – Sanctity

– – – – – MICHAELMAS TERM 2014 – – – –

The Early Modern Catholicism Network Early Career Lunches


Mondays 12.30-1.30pm, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Third Floor Common Room. An interdisciplinary lunchtime discussion group meeting to consider new approaches to sanctity in the early modern world, particularly intended for graduate students and early career researchers, but all are warmly invited to attend. Starred texts will form the starting point for discussion. Free sandwich lunch provided. Contact to confirm participation.

Week 2 (20 October): Approaches to Sanctity

* Clare Copeland, ‘Sanctity’ in Alexandra Bamji, Geert H. Janssen, and Mary Laven eds., The Ashgate Research Companion to the Counter-Reformation (Farnham, 2013), pp. 225-241.

Simon Ditchfield, ‘Thinking with Saints: Sanctity and Society in the Early Modern World’, Critical Enquiry, 35 (2009), pp. 552-584.

Week 4 (3 November): The Material Culture of Sanctity

* Katrina Olds, ‘The Ambiguities of the Holy: Authenticating Relics in Seventeenth-Century Spain’, Renaissance Quarterly, 65 (2012), pp. 135-184.

Tracy Elizabeth Cooper and Marcia B. Hall eds., The Sensuous in the Counter-Reformation Church (Cambridge, 2013).

Week 6 (17 November): Sacred Kingship

* Azfar Moin, The Millennial Sovereign: Sacred Kingship and Sainthood in Islam (1400- 1700)(New York, 2012). Available online via SOLO.

Alan Strathern, ‘Drawing the Veil of Sovereignty: Early Modern Islamic Empires and Understanding Sacred Kingship’, History and Theory, 53 (2014), pp. 79-93.

Week 8 (1 December): The Politics of Sanctity

* Peter Lake and Michael Questier, The Trials of Margaret Clitherow: Persecution, Martyrdom, and the Politics of Sanctity in Early Modern England (London, 2011), especially chapter 3.

Gillian Ahlgren, Teresa of Avila and the Politics of Sanctity (Ithaca, 1996).

Conveners: Nicholas Davidson, Tom Hamilton, Katie McKeogh, Emma Turnbull

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