Women of the Atlantic World in the Age of Religious Reform and Revival
Newnham College, University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom
April 14-15, 2000
Sponsored by the Trevelyan Fund of the University of Cambridge, the British Academy and the Paul Mellon Chair, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Scholars have long considered the age of religious reform which spanned the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries a turning point in the history of women's experience and have noted the differing impacts of Protestantism and Catholicism on female piety and social action. This conference will extend the geographic and temporal boundaries of this discussion to explore the effect of confessional difference on women in the wider Atlantic world comprising Europe, the Americas, and West Africa between 1550 to 1850.
There is no fee for attendance at conference sessions, however pre-registration is required. For further information or a registration packet, please contact: Dr. Emily Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Mary Laven at email@example.com
Friday, 14 April 2000
10.15 am - 11.15 am Opening session
Emily Clark (Cambridge)
Welcome and introductory remarks
Olwen Hufton (Oxford)
"Whatever happened to the history of the nun?"
11.15 am - 12.45 pm. Session One. Europe in the age of reform: Laywomen
Chair: Emily Clark (Cambridge)
Patrick Collinson (Cambridge)
"English laywomen in the age of reform"
Christopher F. Black (Glasgow) “Opportunities for Italian lay women to act and express themselves religiously?”
2.00 pm - 3.30 pm. Session Two. Europe in the age of reform: Catholic religious women
Chair: Mary Laven (Cambridge)
Francesca Medioli (Reading) "Italian nuns: a general frame, a general issue and some local stories"
Robin Briggs (Oxford) "Mere Jeanne des Anges: from devilry to sainthood"
4.00 pm - 5.45 pm. Session Three. Protestant women in the colonial Americas
Chair: Jon Butler (Yale)
Annette Laing (Georgia Southern)
“Faces in the crowd: Anglican women in British America”
Cynthia Lynn Lyerly (Boston College)
“Women, gender, and New Light dissent in the southern colonies”
Jon Sensbach (Florida)
“Rebekka's revival: Afro-Christian women and the origins of black Transatlantic Protestantism”
Saturday, 15 April 2000
9.00 am - 10.45 am. Session Four. Catholic women in the colonial Americas
Chair: Rebecca Earle (Warwick)
Elisa Sampson Vera Tudela (King's College, London)
“Indigenous virtue: hagiography in the New World”
William H. Foster (Cornell)
“Servant of god, mistress of man: Counter-hagiography and the captors’ narrative of the hospital sisters of early French Canada”
Jay Clune (East Florida) “Female religious in colonial Cuba: The austere and the opulent”
11.00 am - 12.45 pm. Session Five. West African and African-American women of faith
Chair: Betty Wood (Cambridge)
Cathy Skidmore-Hess (Georgia Southern)
“Saints, sinners, Madonnas and cannibals: Christianity and kinship in the late career of Njinga of Matamba”
Virginia Gould (Holy Cross)
"Piety in a slave society: The life and times of Henriette Delille "
Michael Gomez (New York University)
“Gendered memory: Women and the Middle Passage”
2.00 pm - 3.45 pm. Session Six. Women and religious revival
Chair: Sylvia Frey (Tulane)
Hazel Mills (Cambridge)
"The Restoration Missions: Gender and Religious Revival in post-Revolutionary France"
Susan O’Brien (Staffordshire)
“Religious sisters in the English Catholic revival, 1830-1900”
Tim Lockley (Warwick) “The rise and fall of female benevolence in Savannah, 1801-1860”
3.45 pm - 5.00 pm Concluding session.
A brief reflection on the implications of papers given, in a format allowing for exchange among all presenters and commentators.
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