The Circulation of Anti-Catholicisms in the Anglo-Atlantic world, 17th-21st Centuries

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Date(s) - 08/09/2022 - 09/09/2022
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Université de Rouen - Maison de l'Université



In line with the historiography of cultural transfers, this conference focuses on the dynamics of anti-Catholicism (in its practices, discourses and representations) travelling back and forth the two sides of the Atlantic. How were discourses and practices carried out by preachers, travellers, writers and temporary migrants disseminated on both sides of the Atlantic? How did anti-Catholicism evolve in a colonial context in which the Established Churches of Britain were not all-powerful? Furthermore, how did anti-Catholicism adapt to ‘religious toleration’ in the colonies? The networks and correspondences underlying these exchanges, the practical form they took and the material, political or ideological constraints which ruled them will be under close scrutiny.

Transatlantic Conférence organized by Claire Gheeraert-Graffeuille (Université de Rouen Normandie – ERIAC) and Géraldine Vaughan (Université de Rouen Normandie – IUF-GRHis).


Thursday 8th September 2022

  • 9.00 — Registration and Welcome
  • 9.30 — Plenary 1 Evan Haefeli (Texas A&M University)
    Anti-Popery and the Formation of Early National America, 1775-1830
  • 10.30 — Break
  • 10.45 — Elodie Peyrol (Poitiers University)
    Irish Catholic Indentured Servants in Seventeenth-Century Maryland
  • 11.20 — Iris de Rode (University of Paris 8)
    Anti-Catholicism and French Troops in New England (1780s)
  • 11.55 — Andrew Jones (Morehouse College, Georgia)
    Scottish Roots in Southern Soil: The Racial Formation of Rev. Peter Marshall
  • 14.00 — Plenary 2 Adam Morton (Newcastle University)
    Anti-Popery and Conspiracy Theories in Early Modern England
  • 15.00 — Owen Stanwood (Boston College)
    Lessons in Tyranny and Tolerance: Huguenot Refugees and the Ambiguity of Antipopery in the British Atlantic World
  • 15.35 — Bertrand Van Ruymbeke (University of Paris 8)
    Anti-Catholicism in Nineteenth-century American Historiography of the Huguenot
  • 16.10 — Break
  • 16.30 — Jessica Harland-Jacobs (University of Florida)
    The Bishop Question and the British Empire, 1760s-1820s
  • 17.05 — Plenary 3 John Wolffe (Open University)
    Anti-Catholic Paranoia Revisited in a Transatlantic Perspective

Friday 9th September 2022

  • 9.00 — Plenary 4 Maura Jane Farrelly (Brandeis University)
    Stories of Anti-Catholicism in 19th-Century North America
  • 10.00 — Kevin Anderson (Calgary University)
    Anti-Catholicism in 19th/20th-Century Canada
  • 10.35 — Break
  • 10.50 — Blandine Chelini-Pont (Aix-Marseille University)
    Indians, French Canadians and Franco-Indian Mestizos: Catholic Savagery in the English Colonial and American Imagination
  • 11.25 — Plenary 5 Timothy Verhoeven (Monash, Melbourne, Australia)
    Sexual Scandal and Transnational Anti-Catholicism: The Case of Thomas John Capel

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