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Blurring the Boundaries of Religious Dissent: A New Approach to Heresy in Premodern Europe

When: Monday, June 12, 2023 - Tuesday, June 13, 2023, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Where: Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS


This workshop brings together an international group of scholars who are working to establish a new framework for the study of religious dissent in premodern Europe. Focusing on the period between the eleventh and the sixteenth century and looking into a variety of religious contexts, it will interrogate the traditional assumption that dissent is automatically heterodox in nature. 

Addressing the current lack of vocabulary to describe the individuals, ideas, and organisations that did not conform to either side of the orthodoxy/heresy binary, one of the objectives is to discuss establishing an applicable lexicon, as well as the utility (or lack thereof) of such labels in future historiographical narratives.

Participants (in alphabetical order)

Pablo Acosta-García (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Andra Alexiu (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), Frances Andrews (University of St. Andrews), Louisa Burnham (Middlebury College, USA), Rachel Ernst (Georgia State University), João Luís Inglês Fontes (Universidade Católica Portuguesa), Larissa de Freytas Lyth (Cambridge University), Anne Kathrin Greule (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena), Michael Hahn (Sarum College), Janine Larmon Peterson (Marist College New York),  Delfi I. Nieto-Isabel (Queen Mary University of London, organiser), Stamatia Noutsou (Independent scholar, Denmark), Saku Pihko (Tampere University), Bojana Radovanović (Institut für Mittelalterforschung der Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaftern), Claire Taylor (University of Nottingham), Justine Trombley (Durham University), Reima Valimäki (University of Turku).

This is a closed, in-person workshop, but if you are working on this area and would like to attend, please email Dr Delfi I. Nieto-Isabel ( with a brief explanation of your research interest, and we will try to provide space for you to attend.

This is workshop supported by the UKRI Talent Stabilisation Fund. 

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