To download a copy of the full Conference Programme click here. Abstracts for papers are available here.

All events take place in Room T201 (TARA Building, Mary Immaculate College)

Thursday, 19 June 2014

8.30-9.00: Registration

9.00-1030: Panel 1 – Colleges, Students and Identities

Dr Rhun Emlyn (Prifysgol Aberystwyth / Aberystwyth University), ‘Before the colleges: English, Welsh and Irish students in the new universities of the continent in the fifteenth century’

Dr Ciaran O’Scea, ‘The Irish colleges in Spain, the Old English Jesuits and their contribution to Irish unity and disunity’

Dr James E. Kelly (Durham University), ‘Expat brothers and sisters in Christ? English women religious, the exile male colleges and British identity in the Counter Reformation’

10.30-11.00: Coffee

11.00-12.00: Plenary 1 – Dutch Colleges

Prof. Willem Frijhoff (VU-University, Amsterdam / Erasmus University Rotterdam), ‘Colleges and their alternatives in the educational strategy of early modern Dutch Catholics’

12.10-1.40: Panel 2 – New Perspectives

Federico Zuliani (Warburg Institute, University of London), ‘The case of the colleges for Scandinavians: between ill-fated plans and short-lasting achievements’

Dr Aurélien Girard (University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne) ‘The Maronite College in Rome (early modern period)’

Frédéric Richard-Maupillier , ‘Le monastère et collège de Dieulouard au XVIIIème siècle’

1.40-2.30: Lunch

2.30-3.30: Plenary 2 – Scots Colleges

Dr Adam Marks (University of St Andrews), ‘The Scots Colleges as vehicles for International Politics’

3.30-4.00: Coffee

4.00-5.30: Panel 3 – Print, Books and Libraries

Dr John McCafferty (University College Dublin), ‘The Wadding library of St. Isidore’s College, Rome, 1622-1700’

Dr Marc Caball (University College Dublin), ‘Creating an Irish identity: print, culture and the Irish Franciscans of Louvain’

Dr Liam Chambers (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick), ‘Books, reading and libraries at the Irish Colleges, Paris, 1676-1794’

5.40-6.40: Plenary 3 – Irish Regular Colleges

Prof. Míchéal Mac Craith (St Isidore’s College, Rome), ‘Irish Regular Colleges on the continent’

6.40-7.30: Drinks Reception & Formal Welcome – Professor Michael A. Hayes (President, Mary Immaculate College)

8.00: Conference Dinner, Sinergie Restaurant, Clarion Hotel.

Friday, 20 June 2014

9.00-10.30: Panel 4 – A library in exile: the Bibliotheca of the Royal English College of St. Alban, Valladolid, ca, 1589-1800

Fr. Peter Harris (Honorary Archivist, Royal English College of St Alban, Valladolid), ‘Balancing the books: The library and missionary history of the Royal English College of St. Alban, Valladolid’

Dr Earle Havens (Johns Hopkins University), ‘An apostolate of the book: the library and literary enterprise of the Royal English College of St. Alban, Valladolid, ca. 1589-1650’

Dr Ana Sáez-Hidalgo (Universidad de Valladolid), ‘Antidotes against heretics: the role of controversy in English Catholic book culture in exile at the College of St Alban, Valladolid’

10.30-11.00: Coffee

11.00-12.00: Plenary 4: English Colleges

Prof. Michael Questier (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘Colleges, converts and the continuities of Catholicism in Post-Reformation England’

12.10-1.40: Panel 5 – Intellectual and Material Cultures

Dr Michael W. Dunne (National University of Ireland, Maynooth), ‘Hugo Cavellus and the intellectual achievements of the Louvain Franciscans in the early 17th century’

Janet Graffius (Stonyhurst College), St Omers College: education, exile and mission’

Dr Joe McDonnell, ‘The art and architecture of the two Irish Colleges in Paris’

1.40-2.20: Lunch

2.20-3.50: Panel 6 – Nineteenth-Century Colleges

Iida Saarinen (University of Edinburgh): ‘Belonging’ in a Roman Catholic seminary in the nineteenth century: a prosopographical study of students and social identities at ‘Scots College, Paris’, 1793-1878

Dr Ciaran O’Neill (Trinity College Dublin), ‘Blandyke: continental legacies in nineteenth-century Irish elite education’

Dr Justin Dolan Stover, (Idaho State University), ‘The transformation of the Irish College, Paris: war, education, and administration, 1870-1918’

3.50-4.15: Coffee

4.15-5.15: Plenary 5: Irish Colleges

Dr Thomas O’Connor (National University of Ireland, Maynooth), The Irish Colleges in their insular and continental contexts

5.30-7.00 : Panel 7 – Survival and Finance

Stephen Hand (University College Cork), ‘Debt, discord and decadence: financial irregularity and conflict at the Irish Pastoral College Louvain (1624-1650)’

Dr Matteo Binasco (University of Genova), ‘“Collegium Hibernorum de Urbe”: the Irish College of Rome and its struggle for survival in the first fifty years of its existence, 1628-1678’

Dr Christopher Korten (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan), ‘The lust for lucre: a financial assessment of the Irish College, Rome, 1772-1826’

Depending on numbers, an informal dinner will be arranged for delegates staying in Limerick on Friday evening.


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