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The Early Modern Catholicism Seminar reconvenes this evening when we welcome Dr Chiara Franceschini from the Warburg Institute to speak about her research into the history of limbo. Chiara will be examining notions of inclusion and exclusion from Christian society relating to baptism and conceptions of the afterlife, drawing on several case studies from her compelling research.

Details:   5pm, Tues 14 May  — Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Rd.

Trinity Term Seminar

The programme for our Trinity Term interdisciplinary seminar is now available: seminar TT2013

We will open on Tuesday 23 April (1st week) at 5pm. Please join us in the seminar room of the Radcliffe Humanities Building to hear DR JOSHUA TEPLITSKY introduce his research on Jews and Jesuits in early-modern Prague.


Please also put 14 May, 21 May, and 4 June in your diaries!

– 14 May: Dr Chiara Franeschini (Warburg)  – A History of Limbo: Visual and Material Sources, 1400-1600

– 21 May: Dr Caroline Bowden (Queen Mary, London) – Medicine and Health Care in the English Convents in Exile: Conventual Sources and Their Creators

– 4 June: Prof. Christopher Carlsmith (MA-Lowell) – Nicolò Cologno: A Sixteenth-Century Schoolmaster in the Venetian Republic



Welcome to the website of a new group based at the University of Oxford, The Early Modern Catholicism Network. We hope to provide a hub to encourage, enhance, and promote research touching on early modern Catholicism from across the academic disciplines. Within Oxford, we aim to facilitate links between scholars based within different faculties and to provide practical support for collaborative projects. We also welcome visiting speakers and are looking to develop strong collaborative links with research groups internationally.

This term we have an exciting line-up of speakers for a new interdisciplinary seminar to be held on Tuesdays of weeks 5-8 at the new Radcliffe Humanities Building. Please have a look on the EMC seminar page here to find out more.

We will also be hosting our inaugural one-day workshop in the next few weeks. The theme for this is MARTYRDOM AND MARTYROLOGIES. We’ll be taking a comparative approach and looking at the importance of martyrdom within different Christian confessions, not just Catholicism. The workshop will be held at the Radcliffe Humanities Building on Saturday 2nd March. Please visit the workshop page to find out more.