NeMLA: French Religious Spaces, Rhetoric, and Identity: 1534-1790

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Janée Allsman, University of Colorado Boulder

NeMLA 51st Annual Convention, March 5-8, 2020

Boston, Massachusetts
Marriott Copley Place


French Religious Spaces, Rhetoric, and Identity: 1534-1790


How did religious spaces and their regulation in France between 1534 and 1790 shape religious rhetoric and identities? How did the legacies or privation of these spaces inform or define the identities of French missionaries in the colonies, or of French-speaking religious communities in exile? What was the relationship between private and public spaces and religious identities?

Suggested topics may include:

· French Protestant communities in exile: Switzerland, the Netherlands, England, Ireland, Prussia, South Africa, etc.

· French Jesuit missionaries in the colonies and abroad: Nouvelle France, China, Martinique, etc.

· Spaces of religious education: monasteries, convents, universities, private homes

· Spaces of worship during and after the Wars of Religion

· Spaces of worship/conversion during the dragonnades

· Spaces of religious resistance: the Cévennes region & the Camisards, Alsace

· Destruction of religious spaces : Temple de Charenton, Port-Royal, etc.

· The suppression of the Jesuits

· The hope of return: religious exile and French identity