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Faculty of Divinity


History of Christianity Research 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.





History of Christianity Seminar Michaelmas Term 2020




Wednesday 21 October


Dr Johanna Dale (University College London)


What can the design of Richard fitz Nigel’s episcopal vestments tell us about the relationship between liturgy and politics in the high Middle Ages?



Tuesday 17 November                                       4.30-6.00pm


Joint seminar with the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide


Dr Jörg Haustein (Selwyn College)


World Christianity and International Development: contours of a long history


To register for this seminar, which owing to current UK public health precautions will be taking place online, please email :,







Richard Rex

Faculty of Divinity


Simone Maghenzani

Girton College


Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe






All colleagues, MPhil and PhD students in History of Christianity or other areas (such as Classics, History and Philosophy), from within and outside the faculty, are warmly welcome.