CALL FOR PAPERS: Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Berlin: 26-28 March 2015
Venetian Popes of the 15th century: Gregory XII, Eugene IV and Paul II
In 1406, during one of the Catholic Church’s most tumultuous periods, the Roman Curia unanimously elected Angelo Correr to the papacy (Gregory/Gregorio XII r. 1406-15). Thus, Correr became the first Venetian to wear the papal tiara. Within a few decades, and once the papacy was reunified after the Great Schism, two more sons of Venice were elected to the office: Correr’s nephew, Gabriele Condulmer (Eugene/Eugenius IV, r. 1431-47), followed soon after by Condulmer’s own nephew, Pietro Barbo (Paul/Paulus II, r. 1464-71).
I am organizing a panel on Catholic political participation and Catholic citizenship for the ACHA meeting in New York in January 2015.
I am working on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Latin American discussions of how Catholics should participate in civic life--especially as they navigate through an increasingly secular political environment.
Should they organize political parties? Should they vote? Should clergy participate? I'm investigating how these and related questions were formulated and answered, especially in Chile and Argentina from the 1880s to about 1940.
Papers from different geographical regions and chronological periods are welcome.
"David Jones: Christian modernist?" Oxford (UK), 10-13 September 2014.
‘Modernism’ in literature and the arts is associated with cultural and political rebellion, ‘making it new’ through formal experimentation, and a widespread drive towards a regenerated New Era of human history. For many modernists, Christianity stood for a bygone era to be overcome; the reactionary, dead hand of the past.
Yet David Jones’s art, poetry and cultural theory subvert this neat dichotomy. He was a Catholic convert with a deep appreciation of the Church’s ancient liturgy and tradition; but he also conceived his Catholicism as a mode of cultural ‘sabotage’ and a sign of ‘contradiction’.
Along with another member of the ACHA, I'm organizing a roundtable for the Association's annual conference in January, 2015. The roundtable will broadly address the impact of Pope Francis' election and brief tenure on the historiography of Catholicism and on the global Catholic Church. Current presentations focus on historiographical debates over discernment in the United States and the Second Vatican Council in Italy.