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Here you will find information about upcoming events and calls for papers. If you have an event or a call that you would like us to share, please contact us here.

Call for Contributors

We are looking for contributors to write short, online articles (around 1000 words) on any aspect of Catholicism and Literature in the 21st Century, in Scotland, Ireland, or England. Articles could be drawn from your research, or could explore or respond to a topic arising from the recent symposium, ‘Catholicism and Literary Culture in Scotland, Ireland, and England: Comparative Perspectives’, which was held at the University of Glasgow 1st-2nd June 2021. We particularly welcome submissions from current PhD students and early career researchers.

Please send a short outline (100-200 words) of your proposed article, along with details of your current affiliation and job title/level of study, to Dr Lyndsay Miller ( by Friday 30th July 2021.


Catholicism and Literary Culture in Scotland, Ireland, and England: Comparative Perspectives

1st – 2nd June 2021, University of Glasgow (NB: All times are BST)

We are delighted to announce below the programme for the Symposium.

Tuesday 1st June 2021

11.30-12.00: Welcome and Introduction (Professor Adrian Streete, University of Glasgow)

12.00-1.00: Keynote Lecture One

  • Professor Alison Shell (UCL): ‘The Drama of the British Counter-Reformation’.

1.00-2.00: Lunch/Informal Discussion Time

2.00-3.00: Panel One: Gender, Politics, and Early Modern Anti-Catholic Writing

  • Dr Jade Scott (University of Glasgow): ‘Gender and Anti-Catholicism in Early Modern England: Epistolary Portrayals of Lady Anne Percy, Countess of Northumberland (1536-91)’.
  • Aidan Norrie (University of Warwick): ‘From Lamb to Wolf: Elizabeth I and Anti-Catholicism, 1558–1681’.

3.00-3.15: Coffee & Tea Break/Informal Discussion Time

3.15-4.45: Panel Two: Loyalty, Religion, and Identity in Early Modern England and Ireland

  • Thom Prichard (University of Edinburgh): ‘‘Stranger to their nation and religion’: The Divided Loyalties of Irish and English Catholics at the Siege of Breda, 1625’.
  • Dr Nadine Weiss (University of Geneva): ‘La Corona and the Rosary Sequences of Donne’s English Catholic Contemporaries’.
  • Dr Adam Morton (University of Newcastle): ‘Protestant Problems: Popery and Popularity in the English Reformation.’

4.45-5.00: Coffee & Tea Break/Informal Discussion Time

5.00-6.00: Keynote Lecture Two

  • Professor Thomas N. Corns (Bangor University): ‘Milton, Marvell, and the Complexities of their Writings about Catholicism’.

6.00-6.15: Closing Discussion.

Wednesday 2nd June 2021

11.00-12.30: Panel Three: Enlightenment, Romanticism, and the Rhetoric of Anti-Catholicism

  • Dr Jonathan Birch (University of Glasgow): ‘Celtic Corruptions: John Toland’s ‘True Religion’ and the Anatomy of Prejudice’.
  • Professor Dale Townshend (Manchester Metropolitan University): ‘Eroticism and Anti-Catholicism in British and French Culture of the Long Eighteenth Century, 1670–1820’.

12.30-1.30: Lunch/Informal Discussion Time

1.30-3.00: Panel Four: Writing (Anti) Catholicism in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Literature

  • Tereza Brala (Trier University): “I am being driven to Rome in self-defence’: Fleeing Britain in Late Victorian Catholic Decadent Poetry’.
  • Dr Michael Cronin (Maynooth University): ‘‘Holy God!/’Tis a fearful death’: Religious Feeling, Aesthetics and Political Dissent in Irish Modernism’.
  • Dr Clara Neary and Dr Eileen Pollard (University of Chester): ‘‘It is the curse of the present century, this rage for oversimplification’: The Complexity of Metaphor, Alchemy and Catholicism in Hilary Mantel’s Fludd (1989)’.

3.15-3.30: Coffee & Tea Break/Informal Discussions

3.30-4.30: Keynote Lecture Three

  • Professor Carol Herringer (Georgia Southern University): ‘Doctrine and Indoctrination: The Real Presence in Anglo-Catholic Victorian Literature’.

4.30-4.45: Closing Discussion.


Registration for the symposium is free and you can register via Eventbrite here: Registered participants will be sent a link before the Symposium.

Social Media

You can follow the project via Twitter: @cathlit21stcsc1

The hashtag for the Symposium is: #cathlit 

Please also visit the project website:

Image Credit

Gerard Dou, Old Woman Reading a Bible (c. 1635) Wikimedia Commons/ CC-BY-SA-3.0


Symposium Postponed

We have had to postpone the Symposium in June 2020 due to the Covid-19 crisis. We had an excellent line up of speakers from all over the world and are very sad that the event cannot go ahead as planned. However, we hope to reschedule once it is safe to do so – more information to follow.

Call for Papers

Catholicism and Literary Culture in Scotland, Ireland, and England: Medieval to Modern

A Symposium: 2nd – 3rd June, 2020, University of Glasgow

Gerrit Dou, Old Woman Reading c.1631-32 (c) Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

Keynote Speakers: Tom Corns (Bangor), Carol Herringer (Georgia Southern), Alison Shell (UCL)

This two-day symposium funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh examines how Catholicism has shaped – and has been shaped by – literary writing in Scotland, Ireland, and England from the late-medieval period to the present century. The symposium takes a comparative and longue durée approach to a topic that is more usually examined in discreet historical periods or national traditions. What is gained (or lost) by considering Catholicism and literary writing from broader historical and national perspectives? How do traditions of Catholic and anti-Catholic writing shape the literary canon today? And how do these national traditions intersect with international debates in theology and literary writing? Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Catholicism and anti-Catholicism in national and international contexts.
  • Gender, sexuality, and marginalisation.
  • Catholicism and literary form.
  • Literary character, stereotypes, and Catholicism.
  • Literature, politics, and Catholicism.
  • Women writers and Catholicism.
  • Medieval anti-clericalism, neo-medievalism, and the development of anti-Catholicism.
  • National identities and religious allegiance.
  • Literary re-imaginings of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation.
  • Conversion, violence, martyrdom.
  • Toleration, dialogue, and ecumenism.  

Proposals (250 words) for 30 minute papers should be sent by 31st January 2020 to Adrian Streete ( We are pleased to offer some funding for early career researchers and postgraduate research students to cover travel and accommodation (UK/Ireland travel only). If you wish to apply for funding, please indicate this in your proposal.  Twitter: @cathlit21stcsc1


RSE Network: Teaching Catholicism and Literature in 21st Century Scotland

Workshop Programme, 13th-14th September 2019

Workshop: Room 356, Gilbert Scott Building, Main Campus, University of Glasgow

Public Lecture: Professor Tina Beattie – Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre

Friday 13th September

9.00-9.20 – Coffee

9.20-9.30 – Welcome and Opening Remarks: Professor Adrian Streete (Glasgow)

Plenary Lecture

9.30-10.30 – Professor Stephen McKinney (Glasgow) – ‘Exploring Links between Catholicism and Literature in Scotland.’

10.30-10-45 – Coffee

Panel: Medieval and Early Modern Literature, Religion, and Pedagogy

10.45-11.15 – Dr Kylie Murray (Cambridge/University of the Highlands and Islands) – ‘At the heart of the periphery?’ Catholic and Pre-Reformation Scottish Literature and Culture in our Pedagogy.’

11.15-11.45 – Dr Richard Stacey (Glasgow) – ‘Teaching Early Modern Catholic Literature in the Undergraduate Classroom: Some Strategies and Approaches.’

11.45-12.15 – Dr Jonathan Birch (Glasgow) – ‘From the Unity of Knowledge to Interdisciplinary Catholicism’

12.30-1.30 – Lunch

Workshop Sessions

1.30-2.15 – Mr Chris Docherty (Principal Teacher of English, St Ninian’s RC High, Renfrew)

2.15-3.15 – Mr Mark Adams (Education Director, Sense Over Sectarianism, Glasgow City Council)

3.15-3.30 – Coffee

Panel: Catholicism, the Canon, and Pedagogy

3.30-4.00 – Professor Gerry Carruthers (Glasgow) – ‘A.J. Cronin: The Problem of Scottish Catholic Fiction in the 20th Century.’

4.00-4.30 – Dr Leonard Franchi (Glasgow) – ‘Master Halcrow, Priest: A Tale for Our Times.’

Plenary Lecture (Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre)

5.00-6.00 – Professor Tina Beattie (Director of the Digby Stuart Research Centre, and Catherine of Siena College, University of Roehampton) – ‘Wishfully I look and languish: Reflections on the Scottish Diaspora and the Catholic Imagination.’

6.00-7.30 – Wine Reception (Sir Charles Wilson Foyer)

Saturday 14th September

9.30-10.00 – Coffee

Plenary Lecture

10.00-11.00 – Professor Bob Davis and Dr Maureen Farrell (Glasgow) – ‘Teaching Literature in Catholic Schools and Beyond.’

Panel: Teaching, Belief, and Pedagogy

11.00-11.30 – Mr Kenneth Black (Depute Head, St John’s RC High, Dundee) – ‘Teaching as a Believer.’

11.30-12.00 – Father Stephen Reilly (Glasgow) – ‘Teaching St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross.’

Concluding Discussion

12.00-12.30 – All Workshop Participants

12.30-1.30 – Lunch


Workshop and Public Lecture Registration now open! Click here:

Workshop: Teaching Catholicism and Literature in 21st Century Scotland

Friday 13th – Saturday 14th September 2019

University of Glasgow

Confirmed Speakers: Professor Tina Beattie (University of Roehampton), Mr. Dave Scott (Nil by Mouth), Professor Bob Davis, Dr. Maureen Farrell, Professor Stephen McKinney (University of Glasgow)

This two-day Workshop will consider how Catholicism and Literature are taught in Schools and Universities in 21st Century Scotland. Following the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Education Act in Scotland – which offered Catholic Schools the opportunity to become state-funded for the first time – this event brings together teachers, academics, students, and pupils to consider the place of Catholicism in the curriculum at secondary and tertiary levels. There are, of course, competing views on what a Catholic educational curriculum should look like and how (or if) it should be taught in multi-cultural Scotland. This Workshop invites contributions from those with a faith-based approach to Catholic education alongside those who have no particular religious affiliations. In this way, it hopes to provide a rounded view on a crucial and contested area of educational provision in Scotland.​

The workshop will feature a mixture of keynotes, longer paper panels, shorter presentation panels, and breakout discussion groups involving all participants. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Catholicism as a literary topic
  • Pedagogical approaches to Catholicism and literature
  • Legislation and Educational frameworks
  • Catholicism, literature, and ethics
  • The civic function of religious pedagogy
  • Feminist/gender-based/LGBTQ approaches to teaching Catholicism and literature
  • Teaching Catholicism as a believer/non-believer
  • Catholicism and/as philosophy
  • Catholicism and the canon – inclusion and exclusion
  • Comparative approaches – Catholicism and other religions

Proposals (200 words max) are invited for longer 20 minute papers, or shorter 10 minute presentations. Please email proposals (250 words max) to Adrian Streete ( by Monday 12th August 2019. Attendance is free, but anyone wishing to attend must register (details to follow).

Ten bursaries of £50 to cover travel costs are available for postgraduate students wishing to attend; five bursaries of £50 to cover travel costs are available for teachers wishing to attend. If you wish to be considered, please email a short (250 words max) proposal to Adrian Streete ( by Monday 12th August 2019 outlining your interest in the Workshop and its theme.        

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