Convener of the research group Experiences of modernity in the transatlantic world, X17th – 18th centuries
Co-convener of the Lived Religion study group.
Research blog : http://britaix.hypotheses.org
I mainly work on the history of 17th-century English Catholics, at home and in exile. Since 2010 I have focused more particularly on English convents in exile on the Continent . Through the study of the convents printed and manuscript documents, I have explores the role of cloistered contemplative nuns in the Catholic Reformation, but also their spiritual and political networks, their relationships with their homeland, their spiritualities as well as their representations of the body and of emotions.
Most of my publications are online on the French Open Access platform HAL. See https://cv.archives-ouvertes.fr/laurence-lux-sterritt
I defended my PhD in the History department of the University of Lancaster (UK); my dissertation was entitled ‘Soldiers of God’. Aspects of female involvement in the Catholic Reformation in England and France, 1603-1685 (2001). It presented a comparative analysis of the vocations of French Ursulines and the English Jesuitesses founded by Mary Ward. Since my recruitment at LERMA in 2004, my research has focused more exclusively upon the English-speaking world. Between 2008 and 2013, I was a member of the advisory board for the Who Were the Nuns? A Prosopographical Study of English Convents in Exile project, financed by the AHRC at Queen Mary University of London (led by Caroline Bowden). My participation in this project resulted in several publications.
In 2018-2019, I was a CNRS associated researcher with the IRCL.
I defended my Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (necessary to become Senior lecturer in France) in 2016 under the title Femmes et catholicisme au dix-septième siècle : négociation des normes, anglicité, religion vécue
From 2005 to 2017, I co-convened the early modern seminar at LERMA, first with Jean Viviès and then with Jean Viviès and Anne Page. I have been honoured to be voted its sole convener in 2017, when it adopted a new format. The seminar (now called a “programme”) Expériences de la modernité dans l’espace transatlantique, XVII-XVIIIèmes siècles has a blog http://britaix.hypotheses.org and a Twitter account @Britaix17_18.