Media of Hate: Representations of Religious Persecution and Repression in Early Modern Europe

3-4 October 2019

CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN THE ARTS, SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES (CRASSH), UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Further details available from http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/28573

The religious turmoil of the early modern period saw widespread repression of minority religious groups across Europe, involving degrees of violence that prompted large-scale migration across national borders. Those suffering persecution at home often sought refuge in likeminded nations, yet in striking parallel to the refugee crises of today, migrant groups often faced considerable prejudice within their host nations (if not outright violence). Evidence for such religious prejudice can be found across the continent in a variety of media.

Media of Hate brings together scholars from the fields of early modern literature, religious studies, history, musicology, and art history in order to explore the various media used to communicate and represent discrimination and distrust towards religious minorities across early modern European contexts, from Dutch Protestant and French Huguenot refugees, to Jewish communities, and Catholic recusants. What distinctions, if any, emerge between singing discrimination, painting it, or writing a poem about it? On what were people’s fears fundamentally based (nationality, cultural habits, language)? Is it possible to discern similarities and differences in xenophobic material from country to country? What effect did hate speech have on policy-making and public opinion? Through this conference, we hope to delineate trajectories regarding hate in the early modern public sphere, arguing for the power that media could wield in shaping historical events and policies, as well as the considerable role that popular concerns about foreigners and belonging played in shaping the literature, art, and music of the period.