Dimensions of Catholicism in Modern France

AHA Session 179
Saturday, January 7, 2017: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Governor's Square 15 (Sheraton Denver Downtown, Plaza Building Concourse Level)
James C. Deming, Princeton Theological Seminary
Raymond Jonas, University of Washington

Session Abstract

This panel brings together three former doctoral students of Thomas Kselman, Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, to recognize his distinguished career on the occasion of his retirement with papers that feature their own original research in the history of modern French Catholicism. The three panelists explore the domestic and international political engagement of French Catholics, Catholicism’s influence on French colonialism, and links between French Catholic history and histories of gender and sexuality during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 

Dr. Kselman has prompted a generation of scholars to integrate the history of Catholicism with broader narratives of Modern France, an approach reflected in the chronological, geographic, and thematic breadth of the papers. Having been mentored by Thomas Kselman, the scholars contributing to this panel look beyond the formal institutions and official doctrines of the Church to find men and women (believers and non-believers, clergy and laity, practicing and not) adapting religion in an unsettled world.

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