Cathedrals and Collegiate Churches in the Late Middle Ages & Early Modernity – deadline 15 March 2019

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Date(s) - 3 June
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


As the recent destruction at Notre Dame of Paris revealed, cathedrals play an important role in local, regional and state identity. For much of their history, they commanded large-scale religious, cultural, political & financial resources. Yet their histories during early modernity are little known. This colloquium will explore the role of cathedrals and collegiate churches (institutions & clergy) in their communities in the late middle ages and early modern periods, across the globe. The objective is to share current research and to discuss fruitful subjects of enquiry for future studies of pre-modern collegiate churches.

Papers are invited on any aspect of the history of cathedrals and collegiate churches, from all Christian religious and geographical regions, from the later middle ages to the eighteenth century. Cathedrals and collegiate chapters were and are world-wide institutions and we want to examine them in all their dimensions. Paper length will be 20 minutes. Particularly welcome are proposals from post-graduate students and early career scholars.

Topics might include:

  • The role of cathedrals and collegiate churches in religious reform across the later middle ages, Reformation centuries & Counter Reformation
  • The role of chapters in the making on new Catholic societies, globally
  • Cathedrals and colleges in the Orthodox world, including under Ottoman rule
  • The role of chapters in confessional confrontation and cohabitation
  • The cultural & social patronage exercised by chapters, including their participation in charitable & educational institutions
  • The role of chapters in the emergence of a monetised and capitalist economy through their fiscal histories
  • The role of chapters in urban and state dynastic politics.

Leading our discussion will be Professor Andrew Spicer of Oxford Brookes University and Professor Elizabeth Tingle of De Montfort University, Leicester.

Please send a 250 word proposal and short (1 page max) CV to Professor Elizabeth Tingle:

Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2020

Location: De Montfort University, Leicester