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History of Christianity Seminar overview

History of Christianity Senior Seminar

Professor Alec Ryrie (Durham) speaking on 'Faith, Doubt, and the Problem of Atheism in Reformation Britain.'

This seminar is open to senior members and graduate students of the University. Others interested in attending should contact one of the convenors. The Seminar Chair is Dr Richard Rex.

The History of Christianity Seminar meets on alternate Wednesdays during term to hear and discuss research papers on any aspect of the history of Christianity from the medieval to the contemporary period. We aim for a mixture of subjects and speakers (both established researchers and doctoral students, from inside and outside Cambridge) through the academic year.

We welcome papers by speakers from outside Cambridge, and especially from scholars based overseas but visiting the United Kingdom for academic purposes. We can reimburse speakers’ travel expenses within the UK at a reasonable rate (i.e. standard class rail fares, taxis, etc). Recent outside speakers have included Mark Noll, Tom Mayer, Brad Gregory, and Robert Ventresca. If you would like to offer a paper to the seminar, please contact one of the convenors.



Lent Term 2017 Programme:

Meetings will be held in the Faculty of Divinity on Wednesdays at 2.15 pm in the Lightfoot Room.

  • 18th January: ‘Devotion to the Holy Name in Later Medieval England: reflections and question’ ~ Elizabeth New (University of Aberystwyth)

  • 1st February: ‘Pagans and Christians: a battle over the power of speech in the poems of Prudentius’ ~ Lucy Nicholas (King’s College London)

  • 1st March: Panel Discussion: ‘The Council of Trent: Myth and Historiography’ ~ Speakers: Stefan Bauer (University of York) and Eleonora Belligni (Università degli studi di Torino), Respondent: Simone Maghenzani (Girton College)