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Dr. Edward Woell


Dr. Woell Presents Research Paper on Panel Comments at Society for French Historical Studies

Mar 31, 2009

Dr. Edward Woell, Associate Professor of History at WIU, participated in two different capacities at the Fifty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies, held in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 26-29, 2009. Dr. Woell, whose book, Small-Town Martyrs & Murderers: Religious Revolution & Counterrevolution in Western France, 1774-1914, was published in 2006, gave a presentation on his own research on revolutionary France and served as chair and commentator for another panel of research papers.

Prof. Woell presented his paper on "Revolution and the Rituals of Resistance: The Politics and Polemics of Sacramental Practice during the Oath Crisis, 1790-1793" as part of a panel on Revolutionary Reform and Resistance. The paper focused on the content of pamphlets written by opponents of revolutionary religious reform and the role such discourse played in fomenting civil unrest in small towns.

In addition, Dr. Woell provided comments for a panel, which he also chaired, composed of three papers on "Sovereignty and Violence in Late Eighteenth-Century Avignon." The panel's papers were written and read by Dr. Eric F. Johnson of Kutztown University, Mr. Edward James Kolla of the Johns Hopkins University, and Dr. Mary Ashburn Miller of Reed College.

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