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Elias Bouhéreau and the World of the Huguenots

Dublin, Ireland
Organization: Marsh's Library
Categories: French, British, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century
Event Date: 2019-09-05 to 2019-09-07 Abstract Due: 2019-02-15


Proposals are invited for papers at an international conference on the topic of Huguenot culture and exile in the early modern period.

This conference will mark the publication by the Irish Manuscripts Commission of the diary and financial accounts of Elias Bouhéreau, a Huguenot refugee who died in Dublin in 1719. 


Marsh’s Library (founded in 1707) is particularly interested in Huguenot culture and history because our first Librarian, Elias Bouhéreau, fled France after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes.

A prosperous, well-read, and well-connected physician based in La Rochelle, Bouhéreau sailed for England in 1686, worked as tutor to the children of the executed Duke of Monmouth and served in diplomatic missions for William III on the continent during the 1690s, before finally settling in Ireland.

His collection of over 2,200 books, 1,200 personal letters, political diary, and the working notes for a history of the Huguenots are preserved in Marsh’s Library.

Broad Themes

We invite applications for 20-minute papers (or panels consisting of three 20-minute papers) on any aspect of the Huguenot experience before or after 1685.

Papers which consider the life, career and personal and intellectual networks of Elias Bouhéreau are naturally very welcome, but we also seek to encourage historical and literary proposals which address one or more of the following topics:

·       Huguenot life and material culture

·       Huguenot social, familial and intellectual networks

·       Notions of internal and external exile

·       The role of books and literary culture in creating a “portable homeland” (pace Aaron Lansky) for Huguenots refugees

·       Efforts to maintain a distinct Huguenot identity; was there, in fact, a single homogeneous identity?

·       Inter-generational tensions within Huguenot communities

·       Gender and Huguenot exile

·       War and military culture


Other Exile Communities

The organisers also wish to receive proposals for papers on other exile communities of the early modern period (Catholics, Jews, Muslims and Protestants) which shed comparative light on the Huguenot experience. We particularly encourage such submissions in the context of books, literary culture and intellectual history and networks.



Dr Jason McElligott