UCD Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Seminars

Friday 27 January

Mary Laven (Jesus College, Cambridge):

‘Miracles and Devotional Renewal in Renaissance Italy’.


Mary Laven’s work is grounded in the social and cultural history of early modern Italy and Europe, and she has particular interests in religion, gender, sociability, and material culture.

Her first book, Virgins of Venice, explored the experience of women living in convents at the time of the Counter-Reformation. Published by Penguin, and translated into seven languages, it was awarded the 2002 John Llewellyn Rhys prize.

Her second book, Mission to China: Matteo Ricci and the Jesuit Encounter with the East emphasises the importance of miracles, gifts and friendship to the Jesuits’ mission. Awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for the period 2011-14, she embarked on a new project: ‘Objects of Devotion: The Material Culture of Italian Renaissance Piety’.

She is one of the Principal Investigators of an interdisciplinary project, funded by the European Research Council: ‘Domestic Devotions: The Place of Piety in the Renaissance Italian Household’: https://domesticdevotions.lib.cam.ac.uk

All seminars, unless otherwise stated, take place at 4pm in room K114, UCD School of History, Newman Building, Belfield, Dublin 4.

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