AAC/CFP – Elias Bouhéreau and the World of the Huguenots A conference at Marsh’s Library, Dublin, Ireland 5, 6 and 7 September 2019

Elias Bouhéreau and the World of the Huguenots
A conference at Marsh’s Library, Dublin, Ireland
5, 6 and 7 September 2019

Conference

Proposals are invited for papers at an international conference on the topic of Huguenot culture and exile in the early modern period.

This conference will mark the publication by the Irish Manuscripts Commission of the diary and financial accounts of Elias Bouhéreau, a Huguenot refugee who died in Dublin in 1719.

Bouhéreau

Marsh’s Library (founded in 1707) is particularly interested in Huguenot culture and history because our first Librarian, Elias Bouhéreau, fled France after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes.

A prosperous, well-read, and well-connected physician based in La Rochelle, Bouhéreau sailed for England in 1686, worked as tutor to the children of the executed Duke of Monmouth and served in diplomatic missions for William III on the continent during the 1690s, before finally settling in Ireland.

His collection of over 2,200 books, 1,200 personal letters, political diary, and the working notes for a history of the Huguenots are preserved in Marsh’s Library.

These rich, largely-untapped sources are complemented by copies of some of the archives of the Consistory of La Rochelle that were partially returned to the city in the 19th century and are now held in its municipal archives. Marsh’s also holds the original records of the Charitable Society for French Refugees in Dublin, which contextualise the broader experience of Huguenot exile in Ireland.

Broad Themes

We invite applications for 20-minute papers (or panels consisting of three 20-minute papers) on any aspect of the Huguenot experience before or after 1685.

Papers which consider the life, career and personal and intellectual networks of Elias Bouhéreau are naturally very welcome, but we also seek to encourage historical and literary proposals which address one or more of the following topics:

Huguenot life and material culture
Huguenot social, familial and intellectual networks
Notions of internal and external exile
The role of books and literary culture in creating a “portable homeland” (pace Aaron Lansky) for Huguenots refugees
Efforts to maintain a distinct Huguenot identity; was there, in fact, a single homogeneous identity?
Inter-generational tensions within Huguenot communities
Gender and Huguenot exile
War and military culture

Other Exile Communities

While focusing on the Huguenot diaspora, the organisers will also consider proposals for papers on other exiles (Catholics, Jews, Muslims and Protestants) in early modern Europe in the context of books, literary culture, and intellectual history and networks.

How to Apply

Proposals for a 20-minute paper (or for a panel of three papers of 20-minutes duration each) should be sent by email before 5.00 pm (Irish time) on Friday, 15 February 2019 to the Director of Marsh’s Library via the following email address: jason.mcelligott@marshlibrary.ie

Proposals must be submitted in one attachment to an email in either Word or PDF format and should comprise: a title for the paper; a synopsis of no more than 300 words, and a short biographical statement of no more than 300 words.

Languages

Proposals in French or English are welcome, as are papers presented at the conference.

Queries

Questions arising from this CFP should be addressed to the Director of Marsh’s Library, Dr Jason McElligott, at jason.mcelligott@marshlibrary.ie


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