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Peter Nockles honoured by NINS

Some good news in troubled times! Council member Peter Nockles has been awarded this year's Gailliot Award by the National Institute of Newman Studies at Pittsburgh, PA, in recognition of his work in promoting and advancing the study of the life, writings, and influence of John Henry Newman. We send him our heartiest congratulations.

British Catholic History, May 2020

We have heard from Cambridge University Press that they have ceased printing for the duration, and so the May edition of British Catholic History (Volume 35; no.1) will in the first instance only appear online. The print version will follow as soon as possible.

Update from the Secretary

Members should by now have received the latest edition of the CRS Newsletter. In company with other learned societies we have found it necessary to cancel this year's Annual Conference; arrangements for the AGM will follow. Council remains positive, however, so please see other posts for news of core activities that we hope to be able to maintain in these difficult days.

Marie Rowlands recognised by the Pope

Many congratulations to long-standing member Dr Marie Rowlands, whom Pope Francis has awarded the Benemerenti Medal for her services to Catholic History. Dr Rowlands is Emeritus Research Fellow and a former Head of History at Newman University; in the words of the citation, ‘her research and publications have changed our perception of the role of laypeople, particularly women, in fostering the life of the Catholic community in this country and in educating the young in the centuries following the Reformation.’

Read more here.

CCS Scholarships & Bursaries 2020/2021

More good news from Durham: The Centre for Catholic Studies has announced that applications are open for Postgraduate Scholarships and Bursaries for 2020/21. Attention is especially drawn to two Louis Lafosse Bicentenary PhD Scholarships, both 3 year awards including full-fees (at UK/Home level), plus a maintenance allowance at the UK Research Council’s national rate. The closing date for applications for the Lafosse Scholarships is Sunday 23 February 2020; all other applications are open until 24 May 2020. Full details, including eligibility criteria and an application form, are available at

https://www.dur.ac.uk/theology.religion/ccs/study/bursaries/

EMBIC 2020

Our friends at the Centre for Catholic studies have released details of the fourth biennial Early Modern British and Irish Catholicism Conference. 2020 marks the 450th anniversary of the papal bull Regnans in Excelsis and the excommunication of Elizabeth I. From that point on, the questions surrounding British and Irish Catholicism became inescapably political, with the line between the temporal and the spiritual even more blurred than previously. The conference will consider the relationships between politics and Catholicism in the widest possible framework, including through political debates and differences between English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh Catholics, as well as the global Church; the politics of religious exile; spirituality and theology as polemic; State consideration of British and Irish Catholics in the political sphere; and Catholics as political players in the non-Catholic imagination.

The timeframe being considered is broad, from c.1530 to 1800. The conference is interdisciplinary and welcomes papers from researchers in fields including History, Literary Studies, Theology, Philosophy, Musicology and Art History.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute communications on any related theme from any field; panel proposals consisting of three speakers are also encouraged. Proposals (c. 200 words) should be sent by email to James Kelly (james.kelly3@durham.ac.uk) by 8 January 2020.

Modern Monasteries

Historic England have produced a new guide to some 19th- and 20th-century monasteries. The arrival of these new institutions coincided with the Gothic Revival, based on the authentic historical appreciation of medieval buildings and modern constructional logic. Some of the highest-regarded monastic buildings are gothic revival ones; the design and fitting-out of convent and monastery chapels, and the emphasis on communal living inspired by the Middle Ages, have left a vivid picture of this particular aspect of Victorian life.

Click here to access the guide.

CCS Scholarships & Bursaries 2020/2021

More good news from Durham: The Centre for Catholic Studies has announced that applications are open for Postgraduate Scholarships and Bursaries for 2020/21. Attention is especially drawn to two Louis Lafosse Bicentenary PhD Scholarships, both 3 year awards including full-fees (at UK/Home level), plus a maintenance allowance at the UK Research Council’s national rate. The closing date for applications for the Lafosse Scholarships is Sunday 23 February 2020; all other applications are open until 24 May 2020. Full details, including eligibility criteria and an application form, are available at

https://www.dur.ac.uk/theology.religion/ccs/study/bursaries/

Bishop Daniel Mullins 1929-2019

The Society has noted with sadness the death of The Rt Revd Daniel Mullins, Bishop of Menevia from 1987 to 2001, and a former President of the CRS. His requiem will take place at St Joseph's Cathedral, Swansea, on Friday 15 November at 11.30am. A fuller tribute will follow.

The Webbs of Odstock

The Webb family of Odstock has been described as among
the richest commoner families of England. Eventually they owned
property throughout the country, often as a result of marriage into other
Catholic families. They originated in Poole and first became wealthy
in Salisbury; they later maintained homes in Northamptonshire and West Sussex as well as in Wiltshire and Dorset. Even so, their story has often been overlooked. Hugh Wright's story of the Webbs finishes after Catholic Emancipation and provides an unusually detailed insight into what was the effect of their Catholic faith on a colourful and devoted family from the split of Henry VIII from Rome until the comparative calm of the Victorian era.

CRS Conference 2020

The Catholic Record Society Conference 2020 will be held at the Bar Convent, York, between Monday 20 and Wednesday 22 July. Watch this space! 

Honorary Editor of North West Catholic History

Our friends at the North West Catholic History Society are looking for someone to act as Honorary Editor of North West Catholic History. Applications, including a C.V. and a bibliography should be emailed to editor@nwcatholichistory.org.uk by 15 October 2019.

 

www.nwcatholichistory.org.uk

CRS Conference 2020

The Catholic Record Society Conference 2020 will be held at the Bar Convent, York, between Monday 20 and Wednesday 22 July. Watch this space! 

CRS Conference 2020

The Catholic Record Society Conference 2020 will be held at the Bar Convent, York, between Monday 20 and Wednesday 22 July. Watch this space! 

British Catholic History May 2019

Rebellions, novels, vivisection, and more; and the usual range of reviews of the most recent scholarship in our field: the latest edition of British Catholic History is online! Hard copies will go out to subscribers in the next few days; but we're delighted that CUP, our publishers, make the content of each new edition available to non-members through their open access route.

If you'd like to join the Society to receive full access to all our back issues, then see the membership page for more details.

British Catholic History May 2019

Call for Papers

We are delighted to put out a Call for Papers for anyone wishing to contribute 20-minute papers to the Panel Sessions at the Conference this year. This is always an exciting opportunity to present research in the presence of experts and in a friendly environment – some of the present leaders in our field first presented their work at a CRS conference! Anyone wishing to present should send a 100-word abstract and brief academic biography to Professor Bill Sheils: bill.sheils@york.ac.uk. A limited number of bursaries to cover the Conference Fee and up to £100 travel/accommodation expenses are available for students, and clergy and religious are particularly invited to apply.

Early Career Conference: Centre for Catholic Studies

The CCS Early-Career Conference at Durham is open to postgraduate students and other early career researchers, and papers can be on any aspect of Catholic theology or Catholic studies.

A limited number of travel bursaries will be available.

For further details and to submit a paper proposal, please visit the conference website.

Funding for Catholic Studies at Durham

The Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University invites applications from full-time and part-time candidates (both existing students and new candidates) for fixed-term Postgraduate Scholarships (full fees) and fixed-term Postgraduate Bursaries (partial help towards fees) in Catholic Theology / Catholic Studies.

https://www.dur.ac.uk/theology.religion/ccs/study/bursaries/

Catholic Archives Society Conference

Exciting news from our friends at the Catholic Archives Society: details of their annual conference in May are now available.

Click here for more information.

Meanwhile, keep your eyes peeled for details of our own conference in July, details of which will appear soon!

Franciscan Conference in Durham

Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies, in partnership with the Capuchin Franciscans of Great Britain, has announced a Call for Papers for a forthcoming international conference.

The Franciscan Legacy from the 13th Century to the 21st

Assessing the Continuing Significance of St Francis and Franciscan Traditions of Theology, Spirituality, and Action

5 – 7 November 2019

www.centreforcatholicstudies.co.uk

Secrecy and Sanctity

The Bar Convent at York is hosting a day-symposium on 26 April to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the convent chapel.

 

Many congratulations to our friends the sisters on this milestone anniversary!

 

The CRS is heading to York for its own conference in July this year: see the Conference page for more details.

Sink or Swim – Catholicism in Sixties Britain

Below, L-R: The Secretary, Dr Alana Harris, Isabel Ryan, and the Membership Secretary at the launch of "Sink or Swim - Catholicism in Sixties Britain through John Ryan's cartoons" at King's College, London, recently.


Dr Harris, one of the co-curators, is a member of the CRS, and has addressed the Society on a number of occasions.


The exhibition runs in KCL's Maughan Library until 13 April, and is free!

www.kcl.ac.uk/library/archivespec/exhibitions/maughan.aspx

CRS Funding 2020

Whatever the present difficulties, Council particularly wishes to continue to support the research of scholars, and will be able to make some small research grants of up to £1000 this year. It may be that in the present circumstances applications for the purchase of research materials, rather than for travel, would be appropriate. Please distribute this information in your networks; applications setting out details of the materials sought, the wider research topic, and intention to disseminate research outcomes should be sent to Professor Bill Sheils (bill.sheils@york.ac.uk) by 1 July with the names of names of two referees. Decisions will be reported to applicants by 31 July.

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