Materiality was a fundamental dimension of migration but what did this mean for diasporic groups who migrated, missionized or were exiled? This workshop, held on 21 June 2019 at the Birkbeck College (UK), will focus on material cultures in migration from the early modern to the modern era.
I will be speaking at the Institute of Historical Research Seminar Series, Society, Culture & Belief, 1500-1800. This paper addresses the issue of Anabaptist identities in the early modern era.
In the 16th and 17th century many Mennonites left the Netherlands to settle in lands in Prussia and Poland round Danzig and the Vistula delta. Following one group of Mennonites in Przechowka, this paper examines the question of the way in which Anabaptist communities across Europe and beyond maintained a sense of community and constructed their identity as groups travelled, moved, or were exile, as well as the longer term legacy of the Anabaptist diaspora up until modern times for the Przechowka Mennonites would continue their travels to Russia and then to Kansas in the 19th and 20th centuries. Research into their narratives re-opens the question of the way in which such groups negotiated their position in communities and shaped identity through personal and emotional bonds, member lists, histories and memories of their past, and material cultures.
“Friends, who welcome us with tears”: Memory, emotions and the experience of exile in the Anabaptist diaspora: IMEMS Seminar Series at Durham
I will be speaking at Durham University on 12th December 2017, 17:30 at the Palace Green Library Learning Centre. The talk will be followed by a drinks reception at the Cafe, Palace Green Library.
This event is part of the IMEMS Religious Diversity seminar series for 2017/18.
Abstract: In the first half of the 18th century the Mennonite Hendrik Hulshoff, left Amsterdam to travel round Anabaptist communities in Prussia, including a group who had settled in Przechowka. Following the story of the Przechowka Mennonites, this paper examines the question of the way in which Anabaptist communities across Europe and beyond maintained a sense of community and constructed their identity as groups travelled, moved, or were exiled. Anabaptism has often been relegated as a radical sideline in the early modern era and defined solely by martyrdom and separation, and scant attention has been paid to the experience of Anabaptism across the diaspora of far-flung settlements and networks. This paper re-opens the question of the way in which they negotiated their position in communities and shaped identity through personal and emotional bonds, member lists, histories and memories of their past, and material cultures.
I will be speaking at this event in October organised by Olenka Horbatsch, Curator of Northern Prints and Drawings at The British Museum, and Giulia Bartrum, Assistant Keeper of German Prints and Drawings, to celebrate the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation.
A commemorative display of Luther prints to mark the events of 1517 entitled ‘The Candle is Lighted’ Martin Luther’s Legacy in Print will be installed in September 2017, and a study day has been organized at The British Museum on Saturday, 7 October 2017 in conjunction with Ulinka Rublack (Cambridge) and Lyndal Roper (Oxford), who will both be participating.
A collection of papers in the morning will be be followed by a group visit to the exhibition in the afternoon. The aim for the study day is to allow scholars, curators, and early career researchers to engage in discussion around Luther, print media, and the broader cultural and social impact of the Reformation.
I will be part of the plenary panel of speakers at this conference celebrating the legacy of the Protestant Reformation.
This three-day conference aims to explore the links between Reformation, remembering and forgetting across late medieval and early modern Europe. We are eager to break out of the restricting paradigms of nationalist historiography and literary studies and to explore the memory of different varieties of Protestant, Catholic and radical Reformation comparatively and alongside each other. We also seek to stimulate discussion of how the memory cultures associated with magisterial and state-led Reformations, and those that resulted in the formation and consolidation of institutional churches, compare with those that were contested, thwarted, and reversed.
The confirmed plenary speakers are:
- John Arnold (University of Cambridge)
- Philip Benedict (Institut d'Histoire de la Reformation, Geneva)
- Simon Ditchfield (University of York)
- Dagmar Freist (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg)
- Kat Hill (Birkbeck, University of London)
- Geert Janssen (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
- Isabel Karremann (Universität Würzburg)
- Julia Lupton (University of California, Irvine)
- Natalia Nowakowska (University of Oxford)
- Katrina Olds (University of San Francisco)
- Judith Pollmann (Universiteit Leiden)
- Alison Shell (University College London)
- James Simpson (Harvard University)
Luther Abroad – Luther Received
I will be part of the keynote discussions for this conference on Luther.
2017 marks the five-hundredth anniversary of Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses, and the beginning of Reformation in Europe. Hull, UK City of Culture in 2017, was the site of the first trials for Lutheran heresy to take place in England. In recognition of these two events, the Society for Reformation Studies will be meeting in Hull to explore the theme of ‘Luther Abroad, Luther Received’.
Luther’s ideas, and his critique of the Roman Catholic Church, spread rapidly both within and beyond the Holy Roman Empire. We invite papers (25 minutes’ maximum) exploring the circulation and reception of Luther and his thought beyond Saxony and beyond the German lands. Papers might consider Luther’s influence on the development of Lutheranism across the Empire and through Europe, in the shaping of Protestant churches and movements and on the direction of the Roman Catholic Church. They might consider the circulation and dissemination of Luther’s writings, or of the image of Luther himself. Equally, they might explore influence in the other direction – the effect on Luther of his own earlier travels to Rome, or of the foreign reception and response to his work on the development of Lutheranism in Germany.
Leading in consideration of this theme will be:
Kat Hill (UEA)
Peter Marshall (Warwick)
Bernward Schmidt (RWTH Aachen)
Herman Selderhuis (Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn
A workshop exploring biography, life narratives, and life writing in early modern Europe and a discussion of Clare Copeland's recently published book Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi: The Making of a Counter-Reformation Saint (Oxford, 2016).
As part of the the conference Prison/Exile: Controlled Spaces in Early Modern Europe, I will be speaking about the experience of exile amongst Anabaptists and how these experiences were remembered and became integral to Anabaptists culture.
This is an interdisciplinary conference exploring the related themes of imprisonment, exile, and other kinds of confinement in the early modern period, through the lenses of history, literature, theology, art history, and music.
‘Material Cultures of Memory and Migration in the Reformation World': Reformation Studies Institute Seminar
On Thursday 16 February I will be giving a seminar paper at the Reformation Studies Institute in St Andrews, entitled ‘Material Cultures of Memory and Migration in the Reformation World’