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HCA Tasters: Religious radicalism past and present: from the European reformation to the Amish in America

Venue: Online

Religious radicalism past and present: from the European reformation to the Amish in America

Dr Kat Hill

What does it mean to be a religious radical? This session traces the lives and afterlives of groups who were considered to be the radicals of the European Protestant reformation and interrogates what radicalism is, how it survives and its relevance in our contemporary world. Sixteenth and seventeenth-century radicals made choices which shocked their contemporaries, though the arguments may seem obscure today, and the resulting intolerance and hostility led to persecution. In search of more welcoming places of refuge, radical groups sought out new lands. Radicalism, therefore, has shaped our modern world. Puritans are part of the founding myths of America, whilst groups like the Amish and Mennonites, the descendants of Protestant radical migrants, are part of the contemporary cultural landscape. Join us for a taster session to investigate these fascinating histories.

Booking is essential so that we may send you the joining link.



This event is part of a series of six 90-minute on-line taster events exploring histories of London, of migration, of sex and sexuality and much else besides, designed to give a flavour of studying at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in our department.

You can join one session or the whole series; we have scheduled two evening, two Saturday and two weekday afternoon sessions so hope there will be a time and date to suit everyone. Video introductions to the topic will be available ahead of most sessions and each one will conclude with a short question and answer session about the department and opportunities for studying with us.

All are welcome – from offer holders and those thinking of applying to those simply interested in the topics.  

Taster 1: Wed 27 January 7:00 - 8:30pm Migrants in London from the Tudors to the Twentieth Century

Taster 2: Sat 27 February 2:00 - 3:30pm Sex and sexualities in Britain, 1861–2021 

Taster 3: Wed 31 March 2:00 - 3:30pm, Religious radicalism past and present: from the European reformation to the Amish in America

Taster 4: Wed 28 April 7:00 - 8.30pm Migration and Citizenship in the Mediterranean: From Ancient Times to the Present

Taster 5: Wed 26 May 2:00 - 3:30pm Everyday cosmopolitanisms and worlding the medieval Silk Road

Taster 6: Sat 26 June 2:00 - 3:30pm London: the world in a city


This taster series is part of the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology's Discover the Past events series, open to the public and students. To see the full list of events, visit the Discover the Past web page.

The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck has a distinguished tradition as an international centre of excellence. We are the only university department in London to include archaeologists, classicists and historians investigating every period from prehistory to the early twenty-first century. Join us to discover the past and engage with the present across continents and cultures.

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