Disruptions and continuities in gender roles and authority, 1450–1750

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All sessions will take place on Zoom, with two parallel sessions, and two chat rooms for those who would like further discussion in the coffee breaks. All timings are in British Summer Time (BST)

Monday 14 June

1.30pm–2.00pm: Introduction and Welcome

2.00pm–3.30pm: Panel 1A – Religious Conversion as Disruption

  • Christopher Archibald (University of Oxford), ‘Catholic Seekers: Religious conversion and the crisis of authority at the exiled Stuart Court’
  • Dr Abigail Shinn (Goldsmith’s College, London), ‘Walking out of bounds: The disruptive gadabout and the English Civil War’
  • Ryan Shelton (Queen’s University, Belfast), ‘“Easterne Bottles for the New Wine of Christ”: 
  • Millennialism and Empowerment in John Eliot’s Indian Ministry’

2.00pm–3.30pm: Panel 1B – Resisting the Magistrate

  • Lucy Clarke (University of Oxford), ‘“In great scoffe and scorne of your majesties Royall authority”: challenging arrest in early Stuart England’
  • James Kendrick (Nottingham Trent University), 'Justices of the Peace: The Resistance of Elizabethan Recusant Communities'.
  • Erin Newman (Nottingham Trent University), ‘Disorder, Deviancy and Disruption – a Family Affair? Crime during the Civil War as a challenge to the norms in Nottinghamshire’

3.30pm–3.50pm: Coffee break & online chat

3.50pm–5.20pm: Panel 2A – Women and Authority

  • Clare Burgess (University of Oxford), ‘Assuming Control: noble matriarchs and authority in the French Wars of Religion’ 
  • Zoe Jackson (University of Cambridge), ‘Female Memory, Economic Responsibility, and Local Authority in East Anglia, 1660–1685’

3.50pm–5.20pm: Panel 2B – Popular Protest and Resistance

  • Dr Katie Fellows (University of Oxford), ‘For the Power and the Glory: Sedition, Sede Vacante and Sacking, Rome: 1450–1527’
  • Dr Cheryl Fury (University of New Brunswick, Canada), ‘No hope aboard the Good Hope: a strange case of murder and mutiny afloat (1609)’

5.20pm–5.40pm: Coffee & online chat

6.00pm–7.00pm: Keynote: Professor Linda Pollock ‘Being obedient in early modern England’

Tuesday 15 June

9.30am–11.00am: Panel 3A – Negotiating the Authority of the State

  • Dr Simon Healy (History of Parliament Trust), ‘Calling the [English] Crown to account, 1575–1639’
  • Ellen Paterson, (University of Oxford). ‘“Bloodsuckers of the commonwealth”: anti-monopoly petitioning in late Elizabethan and Jacobean England’
  • Catherine Gill (Loughborough University), ‘Margaret Fell: A Quaker’s Addresses to Charles II’

9.30am–11.00am: Panel 3B – Wives and Husbands

  • Dr Katy Gibbons (University of Portsmouth), ‘“beyng the stowter of the two”: Anne Percy, Countess of Northumberland as wife, rebel and widow’
  • Dr Tristram Marshall (University of Cambridge/Globe Theatre), ‘“To enjoy the laugh against her husband”: Anna of Denmark and Royal Authority at the Court of James VI & I’
  • Dr Charlotte Backerra (University of Göttingen), ‘The opposition of Princess Juliane, the wife of Maurice,Landgrave of Hesse-Cassel ( Holy Roman Empire) to her husband to rule by her own authority.’

11.00am–11.20am: Coffee & online chat 

11.20am–12.50pm: Panel 4A – Defining Religious Authority during Times of Disruption

  • Emily Robson (University of Cambridge), ‘“A very harmlesse poor man”: lay and clerical authority in the case of the Gosfield Seer, 1642–1662’
  • Dongsun Lee (Hannah) (University of Oxford), ‘Conjugal jurisdiction disrupted: Determining incest in the 1650s’
  • Adam Quibell (Queen’s University, Belfast), ‘”A Crooked and Perverse Generation”’ – John Owen and Interregnum Disruptions to Religious Authority’

11.20am – 12.50pm: Panel 4B – Religious Subversion

  • Dr David Postles, ‘The “conceptual blurring between resignation and activism” and bequests to the high altar in the early English Reformation’
  • Harriet Palin (University of Newcastle), ‘Educating England & Rejecting Catechesis’
  • Anne-Marie Pipalova (University of Cambridge), ‘Subversive Veneration? Habsburg Authority, Bohemian Identity, and the Marian Cult c. 1650–1690’

12.50pm–1.50pm: Lunch break

1.50pm–3.10 pm: Panel 5A – Performance and Authority

  • Dr Jessica Dyson, ‘Piracy, masculinity and the Jacobean Peace’ 
  • David Fletcher (University of Warwick) ‘‘Quaking Dress’: representations of Quakers on the English stage, 1700–1720’
  • Dr Isaac Stephens (University of Mississippi), ‘Staging Religious Conflict in Restoration London’

1.50pm–3.10pm: Panel 5B – Internal and external struggles with authority amongst religious minority groups

  • Dr Silke Muylaert (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), ‘The Elizabethan Stranger Churches’ Struggles for Authority’
  • Dr Rosalind Johnson (University of Winchester), ‘Quaker doubts concerning the testimony against tithes, 1660–1736’
  • Julia Pohlmann (Univeristy of Aberdeen), ‘Public discourse on the Jewish Naturalisation Act of 1753 from inside and outside the Jewish community?’

3.10pm–3.30pm: Coffee & online chat 

3.30pm–5.00pm: Panel 6A – Civil Wars and Elite Resistance

  • Christophe Gillain (University of Cambridge), ‘Resistance across borders: French noble exile and political mobility after the Fronde’
  • Alex Beeton (University of Oxford), ‘Not “infected with the vermine of the times”: Royalist Resistance and Places of Education in the English Revolution’
  • Dr Edwin Sheffield (University of Glasgow), ‘“No Presbyterian should be settled in any place”: Clan MacKenzie and anti-Presbyterianism in Ross-shire, 1674–1714’

1.50pm–3.10pm: Panel 6B – Icons of Subversion and Resistance

  • Dr Sean McGlynn (University of Plymouth), ‘From Radical to Reactionary? “Robin Hood” and Authority, c.1450–c.1600’
  • Justin Schwarz (King’s College, London), ‘John Lilburne: A Living-Martyr of the English Civil War, 1638–57’
  • Carleigh Nicholls (McGill University, Montreal, Canada), ‘“As far as it is consistent with itself”: The Test Act, Leasing-Making and Legal Authority in Late-Restoration Scotland’

Wednesday 16 June

9.30am–11.00am: Panel 7A – Authority and Empire

  • Dr Baijayanti Chatterjee (Seth Anandram Jaipuria College, Calcutta University), ‘Mystic Marauders: The Ascetic Challenge to the East India Company in Early Colonial Bengal’
  • Anastazja Grudnicka (University College, London), ‘Religious Authority in the Age of Confessional Conflict: Matthias Habsburg and the Question of Religious Freedoms’
  • Julia García Aranzazu (Universities of Turin/St Petersburg/École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS, Paris), ‘The Pintados: a story of quiet resistance, 1680–1740’

9.30am–11.00am: 7B – Factions Contesting Authority

  • Dr Sadie Jarrett (IHR, London), ‘‘Do you know of any murder or manslaughter or any misdemeanours?”: Managing landlord-tenant relations in early modern Wales’
  • Dr Fiona McCall (University of Portsmouth), ‘“Women Will have their Will” – Female agency and religious faction, 1645–1660'
  • Dr Danae Tankard (University of Chichester), ‘An “unhappy accident” or a “barbarous and bloody murder”: investigating the death of Richard Habin’

11 – 11.20am: Coffee break & online chat

11.20am – 12.30pm: Concluding discussion