Le séminaire a lieu quatre fois dans l’année le vendredi après-midi de 14h à 17h30. Il est animé conjointement par Rémy Bethmont (Paris 8 – TransCrit) et Nathalie Caron (Sorbonne Université – HDEA).

Il a  lieu, suivant les séances, soit à l’Institut Protestant de Théologie de Paris, 83 Boulevard Arago, 75014 Paris (Métro St Jacques ou RER Denfert-Rochereau) soit à la Maison de la Recherche de Sorbonne Université, 28 Rue Serpente 75006 Paris (Métro et RER St Michel), soit à la bibliothèque de l’UFR d’études anglophones de Sorbonne Université, 1 rue Victor Cousin, 75005 Paris, Esc. G, 2e étage, salle G358 (Métro Cluny-La Sorbonne).


Vendredi 7 février 2020, 14h-17h30, Gauche et religion aux Etats-Unis

Lieu: Bibliothèque de l’UFR d’études anglophones de Sorbonne Université

Mokhtar Ben Barka (Valencienne): “La gauche religieuse américaine : origines, programme, actions”.

Jérôme Viala-Gaudefroy (Sorbonne Nouvelle), “Obama and the paradoxes of Christian realism.”


Vendredi 28 février 2020, 14h-17h30, Gender and religion

Lieu: Institut Protestant de Théologie de Paris (salle 21)

Lisa Bitel (University of South California), “But Why Did the Princesses Have to Die? Landscape and Christianization in 7th-Century Ireland.”

Dominic Janes (University of Keele), “The Madonna and the diva: religion, sexuality and glamour in interwar Britain.”

This paper will explore the role of devotion to ‘divine’ images of women in the lives of men who were sexually attracted to other men in interwar Britain. In a period when same-sex acts were illegal and homosexuality publicly reviled it was often important for men to demonstrate their normative masculinity through devotion to women. The cult of unattainable images of women could provide a way of adoring women without having to have sex with or marry them. It is proposed that this phenomenon can be found in both secular and ecclesiastical contexts in the 1920s and 1930s and that, therefore, its existence can tell us much about the quasi-religious agency of divas and the glamorous appeal of the Madonna. Ruth Vanita has argued that in Protestant Britain the Virgin Mary can act ‘as a model and justification for unconventional behavior by both women and men, [and] provides a convention for alternative ways of life.’ The paper will build on the observations made by Nigel Yates that the cult of Mary at the re-established shrine at Walsingham in Norfolk needs to be understood in the context of the popular culture of the day. Anglo-Catholic Mariolatry aimed at showy glamour and was, it will be argued, a substantially queer practice that can be seen as a form of diva worship. The aim of this, to quote Brent Farmer, is ‘the transcendence of a limiting heteronormative materiality and the sublime reconstruction, at least in fantasy, or a more capacious, kinder, queerer world.’ The practices of what Mark Jordan has referred to as ‘liturgy queens’ need also to be compared with the actions of those who were involved in the production of images of female stars in films and magazines. Quasi-religious imagery and staging were frequently used to suggest the glamorous exoticism of such women. It is proposed that there was a shared visual discourse that could be employed in both religious and non-religious contexts and which can be understood as having a particular signification in relation to closeted sexual desires.


Vendredi 27 mars 2020, 13h-17h30, Séance double: Huguenots in the Age of Empire + Femmes engagées (ANNULÉ EN RAISON DE L’ÉPIDÉMIE)

Lieu: Bibliothèque de l’UFR d’études anglophones de Sorbonne Université

Huguenots in the Age of Empire

Cette séance sera plus longue qu’à l’habitude puisque nous commencerons à 13h avec une présentation par Owen Stanwood de son livre, The Global Refuge: Huguenots in an Age of Empire (Oxford University Press, 2020).

Femmes engagées

Muriel Pécastaing (Sorbonne Université): “Annie Besant : missionnaire théosophe ?”

Maud Michaud (Le Mans): “Femmes de missionnaires, femmes missionnaires: la mission au féminin dans l’Empire britannique (1880-1920)”.


Lundi 27 avril 2020, 14h-17h30, Education et religion (ANNULÉ EN RAISON DE L’ÉPIDÉMIE)


Sonia Birocheau (UPEC): “Des Catholiques au service des écoles publiques. Réflexion sur les enjeux de la formation des enseignantes de Chicago à la période progressiste”.

Emmanuelle Souillac (Cergy-Pontoise): “Le système éducatif australien pour les enfants Aborigènes .Un tournant, une experience personnelle”.