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Dr Liesbeth Corens

CMRS Career Development Fellow in Renaissance History

Welcome

I’m a Career Development Fellow in Renaissance History at Keble College, where I arrived after a research fellowship at Jesus College, Cambridge. My work focuses on minority Catholicism as an insightful case study to analyse the Counter-Reformation. My first book assesses early modern lay English Catholic expatriate experiences in terms of a broad concept of ‘confessional mobility’ (forthcoming with OUP).  It encourages a more flexible interpretation of movement and its implications for belonging to communities. By shifting the perspective from stasis to dynamic mobility, Confessional Mobility shows how English Catholics fostered a community without borders which bridged the Channel.


My next project is about commemoration and record-keeping, through the prism of the ‘counter-archives’ which Catholics minorities (both English and Dutch) started to create in the later seventeenth century.The archives and collections which resulted from this commemoration are not solely a reflection of community, but also played an active part in constructing those communities. Therefore, rather than understanding the collections as unproblematic repositories, I acknowledge them as practices and processes. I explore how and why the compilations were put together, what selection has been made, and what the ordering of the material has done to its interpretations.

Research Interests

MONOGRAPH:

My first book, Confessional Mobility and English Catholics in Counter-Reformation Europe, is under contract with Oxford University Press. You can read a summary here.

ARTICLES:

Dislocation and Record Keeping: The Counter Archives of the Catholic Diaspora’, in: Alexandra Walsham, Kate Peters, and Liesbeth Corens (eds.), The Social History of the Archive: Record Keeping in Early Modern Europe, Past & Present Supplement 11 (Oxford, 2016), 269-287.

Saints Beyond Borders: Relics and the Expatriate English Catholic Community’, in: Jesse Spohnholz and Gary Waite (eds.), Exile and Religious Identity, 1500-1800 (London, 2014), 25-38.

Sermons, Sodalities, and Saints: the Role of Religious Houses for the English Expatriate Community’, Trajecta 21 (2012), 118-136.

Catholic Nuns and English Identities: English Protestant Travellers on the English Convents in the Low Countries, 1660-1730’, Recusant History 30 (2011), 441-459.

 

EDITED VOLUMES:

with Alexandra Walsham and Kate Peters, Archives and Information in the Early Modern World (Oxford: British Academy Publications, forthcoming [2017]).

with Alexandra Walsham and Kate Peters, The Social History of the Archive: Record Keeping in Early Modern Europe, Past & Present Supplement 11 (Oxford, 2016).

College Contact Details

Dr Liesbeth Corens
Keble College
Oxford
OX1 3PG
UK
Telephone: 01865 272727
Fax: 01865 272705
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