Date: Friday 21 October 2016
Time: 2 PM - refreshments available from 1:45
Location: Queen's University Belfast, Graduate School Room TR2
We are delighted to welcome Kathleen Lynch from the Folger Shakespeare Library to Queen's University to give a guest lecture on:
‘Letting a Room in London-House’: A Place for Dissent in Civil War London
Dr Kathleen Lynch, Folger Shakespeare Library
We have been gaining fresh perspectives on the history of religious toleration with closer attention to the ways the built environment frames social dynamics. This paper focuses on one singular episode to tease out some unexpected causes and consequences when the very center of ecclesiastical authority no longer holds. “Waste” rooms may become available to rent in the Bishop of London’s palace on the grounds of St. Paul’s Cathedral, for instance, as happened in 1647. Among the issues flagged for consideration are jurisdictions and protective authorities, certain architectural forms conducive to large gatherings, and distinct features of the urban landscape. Close study of this fleeting moment in the formation of religious identities and allegiances in a time of crisis opens up to a wider view of experimentation, contestation, and even opportunism in what we must understand to be an uneven history of religious accommodation.
This event is FREE but spaces are limited and booking is required.
Kathleen Lynch earned her PhD in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh. She joined the Folger Institute as program administrator in 1992 and became its executive director in 1996. In 2013, the Folger Institute became a department at the Folger Shakespeare Library, expanding to encompass residential fellowships and collaborative research projects, as well as scholarly programs. Dr. Lynch’s own research interests can be broadly defined as the formation of knowledge communities, including transatlantic networks, with a focus on the methodologies of association among religious nonconformists. She studies the effects of regulations of religion and the book trade on devotional literature and identities. Her book, Protestant Autobiography in the Seventeenth-Century Anglophone World (Oxford UP, 2012) was awarded the triennial Richard L. Greaves prize by the International John Bunyan Society. Among Dr. Lynch’s many scholarly articles are “Staging New Worlds: Place and Le Theatre de Neptune” in the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies and “Devotion Bound: A Social History of The Temple,” in Books and Readers in Early Modern England (edited by Jennifer Andersen and Elizabeth Sauer for the University of Pennsylvania Press). Her most recent article, “Whatever happened to Dinah the Black? And other questions about gender, race, and the visibility of Protestant saints,” is forthcoming in Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe (edited by Helen Smith and Simon Ditchfield, Manchester UP). Dr. Lynch has been the recipient of several fellowships, presented papers at dozens of conferences and seminars, and organized conference sessions for the Shakespeare Association of America, the Modern Language Association, and the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing, among other scholarly associations. She has overseen the Institute’s consortium of member universities and served as project director for a number of NEH summer institutes at the Folger. She curated the summer 2012 Folger exhibition, Open City: London, 1500–1700.