Beliefs Under Pressure: Religion, Community and Identity in the Early Modern World

Thursday 10 September 2015, Julian Study Centre, University of East Anglia

The School of History will be hosting a one day conference for graduate students and early career researchers to present papers and exchange ideas about the social and cultural history of religion and community, c. 1500-1800. The conference is intended to provide an informal forum for emerging researchers to discuss the varied modes of communication across the period, and different ways in which identities were formed, contested and transformed.

The event will run 9:30-17:00, with coffee and lunch provided. Please send all enquiries to Sarah Hall and Tory Lewis at

Registrations are via Eventbrite:

Registrations close at 9am on Monday 24 August. Please note: refunds cannot be guaranteed after this date.

Sarah Hall & Tory Lewis
'Beliefs Under Pressure' Organisers
School of History
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park

9:30 Registration

10:00 Panel 1 – chaired by Tory Lewis
“Deprived Cathedral Clergy and English Catholicism, 1553-1574” – Frederick Ernest Smith, University of Cambridge
“‘A Frogge of Your Owne Slime’: Seventeenth-Century English Baptists and the Struggle for Legitimacy” – Matthew Bingham, Queen’s University, Belfast
“Catholic or Protestant? James Cunningham and the mystics of Fife, c.1700” – Michael Riordan, University of Cambridge

11:30 Coffee

12:00 Panel 2 – chaired by Danny Buck
“Sir Edward Lake and the Ex Officio Oath: the Theory and Practice of Unlawful Ecclesiastical Discipline in Restoration England” – Jens Åklundh, University of Cambridge
“Religion and the Common Law in Taylor’s Case (1675)” – David Kearns, University of Sydney
“Protest, Magic and the Reformation” – Caitlin Philips, University of Durham

13:30 Lunch

14:30 Panel 3 – chaired by Sarah Hall
“‘The City of the Waters’: Representing the Sea and the Protestants of La Rochelle (1565- 1575)” – Rebecca Pillière, University of Warwick
“The Puritan Belief-Formation Process in Warfare” – Matthew Rowley, University of Leicester

15:20 Short break

15:30 Panel 4 – chaired by Sarah Hall
“‘I am Scotsman and a Presbyter’: Archbishop James Sharp and the Restoration Church Settlement” – Andrew Carter, University of St Andrews
“Uses and Abuses of Trust: Catholicism and Confessional Coexistence in England, c.1688- 1750” – Carys Brown, University of Cambridge

16:30 Final Thoughts
17:00 Drinks in the Square
19:00 Dinner at The Unthank Arms, Newmarket Street