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

Date / Heure
Date(s) - 08/09/2022 - 09/09/2022
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Bâtiment A



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 9. 30: Registration and Welcome
  • 9.30 – 10.30: John Wolffe (The Open University)
    Anti-Catholicism and British nationalisms: Exploring the long view from the Gordon Riots to Brexit 
10.30- 10.45: Break 
  • 10.45-11.20: Elodie Peyrol (Poitiers University)
    Irish Catholic Indentured Servants in Seventeenth-Century Maryland
  • 11.20-11.55: Bertrand Van Ruymbeke (University of Paris 8)
    Anti-Catholicism in Nineteenth-century American Historiography of the Huguenot Diaspora
  • 11.55-12.30: Andrew Jones (Reinhardt University, Georgia)
    Scottish Roots in Southern Soil: The Racial Formation of Rev. Peter Marshall 
 12.30-14.00: Lunch 
  •  14.00-15.00Adam Morton (Newcastle University)
    Anti-Popery and Conspiracy Theories in Early Modern England
  • 15.00-15.35Owen Stanwood, Boston College
    Lessons in Tyranny and Tolerance: Huguenot Refugees and the Ambiguity of Antipopery in the British Atlantic World
  • 15.35 – 16.10: Iris de Rode (University of Paris 8)
    Anti-Catholicism and French Troops in New England (1780s) 
 16.10-16.30: Break 
  •  16.30-17.05Jessica Harland-Jacobs (University of Florida)
    The Bishop Question and the British Empire, 1760s-1820s
  • 17.05-18.05: Evan Haefeli (Texas A&M University)
    Anti-Popery and the Formation of Early National America, 1775-1830 

 Friday 9th September 2022 

  •  9.00-10.00: Maura Jane Farrelly (Brandeis University)
    God’s Order or Man’s Rights: The Puzzle of Unitarian Anti-Catholicism
  • 10.00-10.35: Kevin Anderson (Calgary University)
    A Threat to National Unity: Anti-Catholicism in 20th Century Canada 
 10.35-10.50 : Break  
  •  10.50-11.25: Blandine Chelini-Pont, (Aix-Marseille University) 
    Indians, French Canadians and Franco-Indian Mestizos: Catholic Savagery in the English Colonial and American Imagination
  • 11.25-12.25Timothy Verhoeven (Monash, Melbourne, Australia)
    Sexual Scandal and Transnational Anti-Catholicism: The Case of Thomas John Capel 

12.30-14.00: Lunch


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