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Join us on Saturday April 17th 2021 to explore Oxford and the Reformation.

This event consists of two chaired sessions, each with two academics speaking on an aspect of the Reformation and its impact upon the city and people of Oxford.

11AM - 12:30PM BST

Our morning session will be chaired by Professor Hamish Scott (Senior Research Fellow in History, Jesus College)

TALK 1: Elizabethan Oxford: Crown, Church and University 

Dr Alexandra Gajda 

Alexandra Gajda is the John Walsh Fellow and Associate Professor of History at Jesus College. Her work focuses on the political, religious and intellectual life of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, with her current research centred on the relationship between the religious and constitutional history of the Reformation period. Dr Gajda is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

TALK 2: Observing the Reformation: the townsmen of Oxford and the experience of religious crisis

Dr Felicity Heal 

Felicity Heal is Emeritus Professor of History at Jesus College, and editor of Jesus College Oxford: The First 450 Years, a College history published in celebration of our 450th Anniversary. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and was elected to a Fellowship of the British Academy in 2015.


2:00PM - 3:30PM BST:

Our afternoon session is chaired by Professor Peter Davidson (Senior Research Fellow, Campion Hall; retained lecturer in English, Jesus College)

TALK 1: Jacobean Reformation?

Professor Susan Doran

Susan Doran is a Senior Research Fellow in History at both Jesus College and St Benet's Hall. The focus of her research is the religious and political history of the Tudors and the early Stuart years. She has also edited catalogues for many exhibitions, most recently on Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots for an exhibition to be held at the British Library later in 2021.

TALK 2: Monuments and Memorials of the Reformation in Oxford

Professor Paulina Kewes

Paulina Kewes is Helen Morag Fellow and Tutor and Professor of English Literature at Jesus College. Currently a recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship into controversy over royal succesison in the Tudor period, Professor Kewes' research interests include: Renaissance, Restoration, and eighteenth-century literature, in particular drama and civic pageantry;  politics and political thought, and historiography.


Location: Zoom. Joining instructions will be sent to registered attendees following the registration deadline on Thursday 15 April.

Tickets: Available for students, staff, alumni and friends of Jesus College; free of charge.

If multiple alumni are watching from the same location, only one place needs to be reserved.

How to book: Jesus College alumni with a My Oxford Online account (previously known as Oxford Alumni Online) should use the green button below to book a place at this event.

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