Contesting the English Revolution

A Conference in Memory of Mark Kishlansky

Harvard University October 14 – 15, 2016

Organized by

Paul Halliday, University of Virginia Eleanor Hubbard, Princeton University Scott Sowerby, Northwestern University

Cosponsored with
the Department of History at Harvard University


Friday, October 14  
Lower Library, Robinson Hall, Harvard University

9:00 – 9:30 am: Check-in; Coffee and Continental Breakfast
Please register in advance at

9:30 am Welcome and Announcements 

9:45 – 11:00 am: Session 1
Chair: Noah Millstone, University of Bristol

“A Manifestation of the Injustice and Disorders at the Canterbury Elections, 1626; or Thomas Scott’s Struggle against Those Who Oppress the Commonwealth, Poison the Church, Break the Fundamental laws of Liberty, Free Elections and Free Parliaments”
Thomas Cogswell, University of California at Riverside

“Conflict and Consent: Shipboard Politics in 1627”
Eleanor Hubbard, Princeton University

“Consensus, Popularity, and Voting in Early Stuart Towns”
Catherine Patterson, University of Houston

11:00 – 11:15 am: Coffee

11:15 am – 12:30 pm: Session 2
Chair: Charles Donahue, Jr., Harvard Law School

“Learning to be Protestant in Dublin Jail in 1640”
Peter Lake, Vanderbilt University

“The Common Law Case for the Crown: The Caroline Judiciary before the Civil Wars”
David Smith, Wilfrid Laurier University

“Emmanuel Downing, the Massachusetts Bay Company and Anglo-Dutch Imperial Competition in North America, 1630–1639”
Martine van Ittersum, University of Dundee

12:30 – 2:00 pm: Lunch
Sandwiches will be provided in the Lower Library

2:00 – 3:00 pm: Keynote Address

“Why was Kish a Historian?”
John Morrill, University of Cambridge

3:00 – 3:15 pm: Coffee

3:15 – 4:45 pm: Remembering Mark
Thomas Cogswell, University of California at Riverside
James Hankins, Harvard University
Ann Hughes, Keele University 
Peter Lake, Vanderbilt University

5:00 – 7:00 pm: Reception at the home of Prof. James Hankins

Saturday, October 15
Lower Library, Robinson Hall, Harvard University|

9:30 – 10:00 am: Coffee and Continental Breakfast

10:00 – 11:15 am: Session 3
Chair: Malcolm Smuts, University of Massachusetts Boston

“Gender, Inversion, and the Causes of the English Civil War”
Susan Amussen, University of California at Merced

“Catholic Soldiers in the English Civil War”
Scott Sowerby, Northwestern University

“The Social Consequences of London’s Civil War Finances: The Case of the Drapers’ Company”
Joseph Ward, Utah State University

11:15 – 11:30 am: Coffee

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Session 4
Chair: Olivia Weisser, University of Massachusetts Boston

“The Scots, the (English) Parliament, and the Localities, 1644–1646”
Ann Hughes, Keele University

“The Dorsetshire Eel: The Earl of Shaftesbury and the Popish Plot”
Victor Stater, Louisiana State University

12:30 – 2:00 pm: Lunch
Sandwiches will be provided in the Lower Library

2:00 – 3:15 pm: Session 5
Chair: David Armitage, Harvard University

“Eikon Basilike in Context: The Intellectual History of a Martyrdom”
Jeffrey Collins, Queen’s University

“The Human Rights Revolution”
Paul Halliday, University of Virginia

3:15 – 3:30 pm: Coffee

3:30 – 4:30 pm: Roundtable Discussion of Conference Themes

The History Department at Harvard has established the Mark Kishlansky Fund. Gifts to this fund should be directed to Cory Paulsen, Director of Finance, in the Department of History (Robinson Hall, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138). These gifts will be used to defray expenses relating to the conference.

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