Simone Laqua-O'Donnell


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Until August 2020 I was Deputy Director of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. I am committed to ensuring the highest quality in PGR supervision and professional development.

PhDs I supervise or co-supervise include:

‘Dragons and Serpents in early modern German religious culture’
‘British missionary children and transnational religious migration’
‘Pedagogy and Persuasion: The Power of the Catechism in Germany, 1529-1597’
‘Publications, Popular Opinion and Gender in the Context of Witchcraft in the Holy Roman Empire, 1480-1560’
‘The Politics of Tradition and Colonisation by Stealth in 19th Century Hawaiʻi’


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I am currently working on a book on children in the German missionary enterprise, ca. 1800-1950. 

My first book was on Women and the Counter-Reformation in early modern Münster (OUP, 2014) and examines how women from different social backgrounds encountered the Counter-Reformation. The focus is on Münster, a city in the north of Germany, which was exposed to powerful Protestant influences which culminated in the notorious Anabaptist kingdom of 1534. After the defeat of the radical Protestants, the city was returned to Catholicism and a stringent programme of reform was enforced.

By examining concubinage, piety, marriage, deviance, and convent reform, core issues of the Counter-Reformation's quest for renewal, the shows how women participated in the social and religious changes of the time, and how their lives were shaped by the Counter-Reformation. Employing research into the political, religious, and social institutions, and using a large variety of sources, the research analyses how women experienced the new religiosity, morality, and discipline that was introduced to the city of Münster during this turbulent time.


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