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British History in the 17th Century Seminar

The seminar is one of the UK’s leading centres for the dissemination and discussion of the latest research on 17th century British and Irish history. 

17th Century Gravestone
Pollard Seminar Room N301, 3rd Floor, IHR
Thursdays, 17:15
Alex Barber is Assistant Professor in early modern history at Durham. He focuses particularly on the transmission of ideas and he is currently finishing a monograph, based on his PhD thesis, on information and communication in England, 1694-1721.

Justin Champion is Emeritus Professor at Royal Holloway. His work ranges widely across the history of ideas, especially the religious thought of Thomas Hobbes, toleration and religious controversy. He is currently working on Thomas Hollis, and the visual history of liberty in the Enlightenment, funded by the Leverhulme.

Joel Halcomb is Lecturer in early modern history at the University of East Anglia. He works on religious cultures in the civil war era and is currently writing a book on the congregationalist movement.

Ariel Hessayon is Reader in early modern History at Goldsmiths. He specialises in the history of ideas and has published widely on radical religion, including a recent edited collection, The Refiner’s Fire: The Collected Works of TheaurauJohn Tany (London, 2018).

Ed Legon lectures in Heritage Management at Queen Mary and researches on memory, political culture, and the experience of work. His first book, recently published, is Revolution Remembered: Seditious Memories after the British Civil Wars (Manchester, 2019).

Jason Peacey is Professor of British History at UCL. He is the author of many books and articles on politics and print culture, especially in the civil war era, including Print and Public Politics in the English Revolution (Cambridge, 2013). His current project is a microstudy of a protracted land dispute that sheds new light on the intersections between legal practices and politics in early modern England.

Joan Redmond is Lecturer in early modern British history at KCL. She has published on memory and violence and is currently writing a book, based on her PhD thesis, about sectarian violence in Ireland between 1641 and 1660.

Tim Reinke-Williams is Senior Lecturer in history, University of Northampton. He is an economic, social, and cultural historian with a particular interest in gender. His first book was entitled Women, Work and Sociability in Early Modern London (Basingstoke, 2014) and he is now working on early modern attitudes to men’s bodies.

Laura Stewart is Professor of early modern British history, University of York. She has published widely on Scottish and British political cultures, communication, and state formation, including Rethinking the Scottish Revolution: Covenanted Scotland, 1637-51 (Oxford, 2016; pbk 2018). She has completed a textbook, co-authored with Janay Nugent: Union and Revolution: Scotland and Beyond, 1625-1745 will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2020.

Charlotte Young studied for her doctorate at Royal Holloway under the supervision of Justin Champion. She successfully defended her thesis, 'The Gentry are Sequestered All: A Study of English Civil War Sequestration', in 2019 and is now preparing her work for publication.

About the seminar

Summer Term 2020- Please note that this seminar will hold virtual seminars when possible via zoom. 

Our conveners will greet speakers and audience members in the RADA coffee shop (Malet Street, behind the IHR) at 4.45pm.

Seminars ordinarily convene in the Pollard Room on the 3rd floor of the IHR and begin at 5.15pm. Papers are usually 45 minutes plus 30 minutes for questions. Powerpoint is available. After the seminar, the discussion continues over drink and food at a nearby venue. The seminar is able to reimburse travel expenses and our conveners will be happy to advise you on transport links.

Please check our regular email notifications for sessions that may need to convene elsewhere during 2019/20. For further information, please contact Charlotte Young:

The seminar is one of the UK’s leading centres for the dissemination and discussion of the latest research on 17th century British and Irish history. We cover all aspects of British and Irish political history, including but not restricted to print and manuscript circulation, British and transnational communication networks, parliament and political institutions, political and religious ideas, urban political culture, politics and memory, migrant communities in Britain, and British migrant and exile communities overseas.