Civil & Religious Liberty Ideas of Rights and Tolerance in England c.1640-1800

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 1:00pm to Saturday, July 26, 2008 - 1:00pm

Luce Hall - 34 Hillhouse Avenue

A conference organized with Royal Holloway College, London, to bring together scholars from the two sides of the Atlantic to explore questions and issues surrounding the emergence of political rights and religious tolerance, and the evolution and legacy of their varying understanding of the concepts and practices of freedom.


Participants: Bernard Bailyn (Harvard University), Alastair Bellany (Rutgers University), Justin Champion (Royal Holloway College), Jeffrey Collins (Queens University), David Como (Stanford University), Faramerz Dabboiwala (Oxford University), Barbara Donagan (Huntington Library), Martin Dzelzainis (Royal Holloway College), Fonna Forman-Barzilai (University of California, San Diego), Bryan Garsten (Yale University), Mark Goldie (Cambridge University),Philip Gorski (Yale University), Derek Hirst (Washington University, St Louis), Alan Houston (University of California, San Diego), Margaret Hunt (Amherst College), Fredrik Albritton Jonsson (University of Chicago), Mark Knights (University of Warwick), Ned Landsman (Stony Brook University, SUNY), James Livesey (University of Sussex), Nicholas von Maltzahn (University of Ottawa), Scott Mandelbrote (Cambridge University), John Marshall (Johns Hopkins University), Michael McKeon (Rutgers University), Jon Mee (University of Warwick), Anthony Milton (University of Sheffield), Paul Monod (Middlebury College), Sarah Mortimer (Cambridge University), Eric Nelson (Harvard University), Annabel Patterson (Yale University), Steven Pincus (Yale University), David Quint (Yale University), John Robertson (Oxford University), John Rogers (Yale University), John Seed (Rochampton University), Brent Sirota (North Carolina State University), Nigel Smith (Princeton University), John Spurr (University of Wales), Stephen Taylor (University of Reading), Elliott Visconsi (Yale University), Rachel Weill (Cornell University), Blair Worden (Royal Holloway College), Keith Wrightson (Yale University), Brian Young (Oxford University).

Sponsored by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library; the Lewis Walpole Library; the Council of European Studies, with a National Resource Center grant from the US Department of Education; the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale; the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Fund; and the Royal Holloway College, London.

Wednesday, 23 July - Luce Hall - 34 Hillhouse Avenue

Registration: 12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Common Room, second floor

Introduction: 1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Session One: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Chair: Steven Pincus (Yale University)

Justin Champion (Royal Holloway College), ‘Some Forms of Religious Liberty: Political Thinking, Ecclesiology and Freedom in Early Moder England'

Jeffrey Collins (Queens University), ‘Toleration and the Tradition of Civil Religion’


Session Two: 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Chair: Blair Worden (Royal Holloway College)

Michael McKeon (Rutgers University), ‘Civil and Religious Liberty in Restoration England'

Mark Knights (University of Warwick), ‘The Lowest Degree of Freedom: The Right to Petition 1640-1800'

Steven Pincus (Yale University), ‘1688 and its Eighteenth-Century Whig Interpreters: the Unmaking of a Revolution’


Break 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Session Three: 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Chair: Timothy Raylor (Carleton College)

Scott Mandelbrote (Cambridge University), ‘Bondage in Babylon: The Bible, Freedom of Conscience, and Ideas of Civil Liberty in England, 1640-1800’

Eric Nelson (Harvard University), 'Hebrew Theocracy and the Rise of Toleration'

Bryan Garsten (Yale University), 'Religion and Representation in Hobbes'


Reception Luce Hall Common Room: 5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, 24 July - Luce Hall - 34 Hillhouse Avenue


Session Four: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Chair: Barbara Donagan (Huntington Library)

David Como (Stanford University), ‘Print, Censorship, and Religious Conflict, 1643-5'

Anthony Milton (University of Sheffield), ‘Religious and Civil-Liberty in the Tolerationist Writings of the English Royalists, 1640-1660’


Session Five: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Chair: Alastair Bellany (Rutgers University)

Martin Dzelzainis (Royal Holloway College), ‘Milton and Sir Henry Vane’

Nicholas von Maltzahn (University of Ottawa), ‘ Milton , Marvell and Rational Liberty’


Session Six: 3:15pm - 4:30pm

Chair: Nigel Smith (Princeton University)

John Rogers (Yale University), ‘ From Person to Individual: Milton and the Political Philosophy of Antitrinitarianism in Mid-Seventeenth-Century England'

Elliott Visconsi (Yale University), ‘The Garden and The Wilderness: John Milton and the Separation of Church and State'

Blair Worden (Royal Holloway College), ‘ Milton and Liberty’

Break 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Session Seven: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Chair: Philip Gorski (Yale University)

Mark Goldie (University of Cambridge), ‘The Dissenters and Toleration: The Impact of Locke’

John Marshall (John Hopkins University), ‘London's Liberties'


Friday, 25 July - Luce Hall - 34 Hillhouse Avenue


Coffee: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Common Room, second floor


Session Eight: 9:00a.m. - 10:00a.m.

Chair: Paul Monod (Middlebury College)

Annabel Patterson (Yale University), ‘Scofflaw Pamphlets of the Long Parliament’

John Spurr (University of Swansea), ‘A Plausible Style: Wit, Religion and Liberty in Restoration England’


Session Nine: 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Chair: Stephen Taylor (University of Reading)

Sarah Mortimer (University of Cambridge), ‘Religious Liberty and Civil Peace: The Socinian Vision’

Brent Sirota (North Carolina State University), ‘Socinianism and the Crisis of Whig Divinity, 1687-1697’

Break: 11:15 a.m. - 11:45 p.m. Common Room, second floor


Session Ten: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Chair: Keith Wrighton (Yale University)

Faramerz Dabhoiwala (Oxford University), ‘Lust and Liberty’

Margaret Hunt (Amherst College), ‘Gender, Civil Liberties, and Economic Justice: The Case of the Royal Navy’

Lunch: 12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.


Session Eleven: 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Chair: Clare Jackson (University of Cambridge)

David Quint (Yale University), ‘Liberty, Angels, and Devils in Paradise Lost

Rachel Weil (Cornell University), ‘ The Politics of National Security after the Revolution of 1688'


Session Twelve: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Chair: James Livesey (University of Sussex)

John Seed (University of Roehampton), ‘Sins of the Fathers: Religious Dissent and the Burdens of History in Eighteenth-Century England’

Brian Young (Oxford University), ‘History and Liberty in the Republic of Ideas: John Jortin and the Uses of Ecclesiastical History'


Saturday, 26 July - Luce Hall - 34 Hillhouse Avenue


Coffee: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.


Session Thirteen: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Chair: Fredrik Albritton Jonsson (University of Chicago)

Fonna Forman-Barzilai (University of California – San Diego), ‘Adam Smith and the Socialized Conscience'

John Robertson (Oxford University), ‘A Crisis of Religious Liberty? The Ending of Radical Enlightenment in the 1730s’


Session Fourteen: 10:15a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Chair: Ned Landsman (Stony Brook University, SUNY)

Alan Houston (University of California, San Diego), ‘Benjamin Franklin and Religious Liberty’

Jon Mee (University of Warwick), ‘Dissent, Candour and Conversation: Watts, Goodwin, Hazlitt'


Break: 11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.


Panel-Led Summary Discussion: 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Chair: Bernard Bailyn (Harvard University)

Justin Champion (Royal Holloway), Steven Pincus ( Yale University), Blair Worden (Royal Holloway), and Keith Wrightson ( Yale University)


End of Conference: 1:00 p.m. 


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