Programme & Registration

Women and Religion in Eighteenth-Century France: Ideas, Controversies, Representations

Virtual Symposium | 24 June 2022 | Queen Mary, University of London

All times in BST. Sessions take place via Zoom. Please click here to register to attend. The Zoom link will be circulated with registered attendees 24 hours in advance.

A PDF version of the programme is available to download here.

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09:30 –09:45Welcome and Housekeeping
Marie Giraud (QMUL) and Cathleen Mair (QMUL)
09:45 – 10:45 PANEL 1

Living Faith: Everyday Religion in Women’s Letters
Chair: Dr Ben Jackson (Birmingham)
Dr Cormac Begadon (Durham University)
‘Nuns and their Confessors: Appeals, Emotions and Gender in the English Convents’
Dr Gemma Betros (Australian National University)
‘Marie de Botidoux: Religion in the Life of a Young Woman in Late-Eighteenth-Century Paris’ 
10:45 – 11:45PANEL 2

Recovering Voices: Women Religious in Print Culture
Chair: Dr Gemma Tidman (QMUL)
Rebecca Short (University of Oxford)
‘Posthumous Presence: Religious Authority in the Lettres à une illustre morte (1770)’
Dr Sean Heath (Independent Scholar)
‘Je ne suis qu’une femme: Madame de Lionne’s Intervention in the Chinese Rites Controversy, 1700-1705′
11:45 – 12:00Break
12:00 – 13:00PANEL 3

Faith on Trial: Religious Sects and the State
Chair: Dr Liesbeth Corens (QMUL)
Dr Sarah Barthélemy (Durham University / Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)
‘Gender, Catholicism and Dissimulation: The trial of Adélaïde Champion de Cicé’

Prof. Otto Selles (Calvin University)
‘Prophétesses de Sion: Women and the Multipliant Sect (Montpellier, 1720-1723)’
13:00 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:00PANEL 4

Contested Meanings: Women Religious and Revolutionary Politics
Chair: Dr Ben James (KCL)
Dr Corinne Gressang (Erskine College)
‘What does Liberty Mean to a Nun?’

Richard Yoder (Pennsylvania State University)
‘Jacqueline-Aimée Brohon: Victim-Soul and Revolutionary Prophet’
15:00 – 16:00PANEL 5

Representing Faith: Spaces and Objects of Devotion
Chair: Dr Hannah Williams (QMUL)
Dr Killian Harrer (University of Munich)
‘Wellsprings of Devotion: Marian Apparitions and Female Pilgrims in Revolutionary France’
Dr Samuel Weber (EHESS)
‘Handmaids of the Sacred Heart: Nuns’ Production of Paraphernalia and the Making of Sentimental Catholicism in Eighteenth-Century France’
16:00 – 16:15Break
16:15–17:30Keynote Lecture                   
Chair: Prof. Miri Rubin (QMUL)
Prof. Mita Choudhury (Vassar College)
‘Reflecting on Gender, Religion, and the Historian’s Craft’