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Durham University

Centre for Catholic Studies

Popery, Politics, and Prayer: British and Irish Catholicism

Fourth Biennial Early Modern British and Irish Catholicism (EMBIC) Conference

14–16 July 2020 in Durham, UK

Conference Director: James Kelly (Durham University)

Conference Organising Committee: Brad Gregory (University of Notre Dame), John McCafferty (University College Dublin), Susannah Monta (University of Notre Dame)

  • Marie-Louise Coolahan (National University of Ireland, Galway)
  • Brad Gregory (University of Notre Dame)
  • Peter Lake (Vanderbilt University)
  • Laurence Lux-Sterritt (Aix-Marseille University)
  • John McCafferty (University College Dublin)
  • Susannah Monta (University of Notre Dame)
  • Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin (University College Dublin)
  • Michael Questier (Vanderbilt University)

The fourth biennial Early Modern British and Irish Catholicism conference, jointly organised by Durham University and the University of Notre Dame, will concentrate on the relationship between politics and British and Irish Catholicism. 2020 marks the 450th anniversary of the papal bull Regnans in Excelsis, through which Pope Pius V excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I. From that point on, the questions surrounding British and Irish Catholicism became unescapably political, the line between the temporal and the spiritual even more blurred than previously. This conference will consider the relationships between politics and Catholicism in the widest possible framework, including through political debates and differences between English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh Catholics, as well as the global Church; the politics of religious exile; spirituality and theology as polemic; State consideration of British and Irish Catholics in the political sphere; and Catholics as political players in the non-Catholic imagination. The timeframe being considered is broad, from c.1530 to 1800.

Draft programme

Package A

Standard rate conference package: to include standard conference fee, conference refreshments, and conference meals

£158.50

Package B

Reduced rate conference package (non-Durham University students and unwaged/low income): to include reduced conference fee, conference refreshments, and conference meals

£138.50

Package C

Durham University students and Durham University staff: conference registration only (includes refreshments but no meals)

FREE

Package D

Durham University student conference package: to include conference registration and refreshments (free) AND conference meals

£105

Package E

Durham University staff conference package: to include conference registration and refreshments (free) AND conference meals (includes VAT)

£126

Conference accommodation is at St Chad’s College - single ensuite rooms at £50 per person per night.

Complimentary transport between Durham City and Ushaw College can booked at the time of registration.

Please register for the conference online here.

The deadline for registration is Sunday 14 June 2020.