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Erudition and Confessionalisation in Early Modern Europe

Friday, 20 September, 2013 - Old Combination Room, Trinity College



This one-day colloquium brought together an international group of leading historians of scholarship and historians of religion to examine how historical erudition was shaped by, and in turn shaped, confessional identity and broader patterns of religious change in early modern Europe. The last decade has witnessed some revolutionary historiographical interventions in this field: the purpose of the colloquium was to build on that work, and to continue the dialogue between the history of scholarship, intellectual history, and the history of religion that is producing such fruitful results. 




Friday, 20 September 2013

Old Combination Room, Trinity College (map)


Preliminary Programme

Each session will last 90 minutes: papers of 35 minutes each will be followed by 20 minutes of questions 

10.30am         Registration and Coffee

11.00am         Dmitri Levitin (History, Cambridge), Opening remarks

Panel 1            Chair: Alex Walsham (History, Cambridge)

11.15am         Jean-Louis Quantin (École pratique des hautes études), Confessional history and the limits of erudition: Bossuet, Burnet, and the English Reformation           

11.50am          Simon Ditchfield (University of York), 'Le style jésuite n'existe pas'? Daniello Bartoli SJ (1608-85) as a world historian

12.45pm          LUNCH

Panel 2             Chair: Scott Mandelbrote (History, Cambridge)

2.00pm            Jan Loop (University of Kent), Arabic studies and church history: the case of Johann Heinrich Hottinger 

2.35pm            Aurélien Girard (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne), Faustus Naironus, the Christian orient and the republic of letters (second half of the 17th century)

3.30pm             COFFEE BREAK

Panel 3             Chair: John Robertson (History, Cambridge) 

4.00pm            Arnoud Visser (Utrecht University), Jean Luis Vives and the organisation of patristic knowledge

4.35pm             Anthony Grafton (Princeton University), Confession and erudition in chronology: Joseph Scaliger and his readers

5.30pm             Nick Hardy (English, Cambridge), Concluding remarks

5.45pm             DRINKS RECEPTION


We are pleased to acknowledge the support of the History Faculty's Trevelyan Fund.