Religious Minorities and Catholic Reform in Early Modern Rome

Tuesday 5 June, 14.30–19.00

A conference organised by BSR Research Fellow Emily Michelson.

How did religious minority groups, and individuals who did not always profess Roman Catholicism, contribute to early modern Catholic reform from within the city at its heart? Can the history of early modern Catholicism be written not only as a global religion, but also as an inter-religious enterprise – even at its core? In asking these and other questions, this workshop seeks to apply new methodologies in early modern religious history to the capital of Roman Catholicism. A vast edifice of nineteenth- and early 20th-century scholarship was built on institutional records of the Church’s many congregations. These often-prescriptive sources portrayed a monolithic, uniform, and largely successful Church and city. In response, current scholarship on early modern Catholicism emphasizes the marginal and peripheral, the domestic, and the transitory: shifting identities, fluid boundaries, reception, appropriation and adaptation. Some of the most fruitful results have examined interactions between Catholics and non-Catholics in distant missionary contexts.



Tuesday 5 June, 14.30–19.00
Religious Minorities and Catholic Reform in Early Modern Rome
Conference organised by Emily Michelson (St Andrews; BSR)

14.30 Welcome and intro

SESSION 1: CHAIR: Matthew Coneys
14.45 James Nelson Novoa: Being a New Christian in Early Modern Rome

15.15 Mayu Fujikawa: Papal Ceremonies for Japanese and Other Non-European Embassies from Unconverted Rulers

15:45 Questions

16.15 –Coffee Break–

SESSION II: CHAIR: Emily Michelson
16.45 Sara Faini: The Typographia Medicea and the Papal Foreign affairs

17.15 Justine Walden: Muslim Galley Slaves in Rome: Spaces, Places, and Experience

17.45 Serena Di Nepi: Saving souls, forgiving bodies. Islam, slavery and conversion in Early Modern Rome.

18:15 Questions and discussion. DISCUSSANT: Stephen Milner

19:00 –Drinks Reception–