Wiles Lecture Series
The Wiles Lectures were founded in 1953 by Mrs Austen Boyd of Craigavad, Co. Down, in memory of her father, Thomas S. Wiles of Albany, New York. Mrs Boyd generously endowed a trust fund to support an annual series of lectures at Queen's University Belfast ‘to promote the study of the history of civilisation and to encourage the extension of historical thinking into the realm of general ideas’.
The fund brings to Belfast each year an expert in a particular field of historical scholarship to deliver four lectures on successive days, related to the lecturer's research and reflecting on the wider implications of their work for historical understanding.
The Wiles Trust also supports other scholarly activities at Queen's, including a series of Wiles Colloquia on historical topics, convened by members of School staff.
For more information, contact the Chair of Trustees, Prof. Peter Gray
The Wiles Lectures 2024 will be given by Professor Alexandra Walsham, University of Cambridge
on the topic:
‘The Persecution of the Tongue: Speech, Silence, and Religious Coexistence in Early Modern Britain’
These four public lectures will be given in person on 22-25 May 2024.
Lecture details to follow:
Alexandra Walsham is Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Emmanuel College. She served as Chair of the Faculty of History between 2019 and 2022. She was an undergraduate and Masters student at the University of Melbourne before coming to Trinity College, Cambridge, for her PhD. After a Research Fellowship at Emmanuel College, she taught at the University of Exeter for fourteen years before returning to Cambridge in 2010. She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2009 and of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2013. She was appointed a CBE for services to History in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2017.
Professor Walsham's research interests fall within the field of the religious and cultural history of early modern Britain and focus on the immediate impact and long-term repercussions of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations set within their European context. She has published extensively on a range of themes, including post-Reformation Roman Catholicism; religious tolerance and intolerance between 1500 and 1700; providence, miracles and the supernatural in post-Reformation society and culture; the history of the book, the advent of printing, and the interconnections between oral, visual and written culture; religion and the landscape; the memory of the Reformation; age, ancestry and the relationship between religious and generational change. Her research has been supported by grants from the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust, which awarded her a Major Research Fellowship for 2015-2018. She was Principal Investigator of the AHRC project 'Remembering the Reformation' between 2016 and 2019. Professor Walsham was co-editor of the journal Past and Present for a decade and sits on the editorial boards of several other journals. She has held Visiting Fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, All Souls College, Oxford, and the Goethe University in Frankfurt. She is currently president of the Historical Association.
Professor Walsham's books include Church Papists: Catholicism, Conformity and Confessional Polemic in Early Modern England (Royal Historical Society, 1993); Providence in Early Modern England (Oxford UP, 1999). Winner of the Longman-History Today Prize 2000 and the American Historical Association’s Morris D. Forkosch Prize 2000; Charitable Hatred: Tolerance and Intolerance in England 1500-1700 (Manchester UP, 2006); The Reformation of the Landscape: Religion, Identity and Memory in Early Modern Britain and Ireland (Oxford UP, 2011), which was joint winner of the Wolfson History Prize 2011, winner of the American Historical Association's Leo Gershoy Award 2011, and winner of the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference Roland H. Bainton Prize 2011; Catholic Reformation in Protestant Britain (Ashgate, 2014); and most recently, Generations: Age, Ancestry and Memory in the English Reformations (Oxford UP, 2023), which arose from her Ford Lectures delivered at the University of Oxford in 2018.
Lectures outline: (to follow)
All lectures are free and open to the public: no registration is necessary.