Conference: Early Modern British and Irish Catholicism

(part of a series)

Location: Notre Dame London Global Gateway

Early Modern Orders and Disorders
Religious Orders and British and Irish Catholicism

Dates: 28–30 June 2017

Conference Organizers: Brad Gregory (Notre Dame), James Kelly (Durham), Susannah Monta (Notre Dame)

Speakers include:

  • Caroline Bowden (QMUL)
  • John McCafferty (UCD)
  • Thomas McCoog (Fordham)
  • Susannah Monta (Notre Dame)
  • Thomas O’Connor (Maynooth)
  • Michael Questier (QMUL)
  • Alison Shell (UCL)


The third biannual Early Modern British and Irish Catholicism conference, jointly hosted by Durham University and the University of Notre Dame, will concentrate on the relationship between religious orders and British and Irish Catholicism. A wealth of recent scholarship has focussed on the activities of both male and female religious following the upheavals of the sixteenth century. This conference will consider the relationship between religious orders and those on the western peripheries of Catholic Europe. These relationships are to be explored in the widest possible framework, including through the religious orders as links between English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh Catholics, and the global Church; British and Irish religious in exile; the presence of members of religious orders in Britain and Ireland; memories of pre-Reformation religious orders such as in the landscape; religious orders in the non-Catholic imagination; the views of Britain and Ireland held by religious orders and their international membership. The timeframe being considered is broad, from c.1530 to 1800.

For questions relating to booking and travel, please contact Hannah Thomas (

For general queries relating to the conference, please contact James Kelly (

Sponsored in part by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies