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last updated: 9/17/2012

Celestina Savonius-Wroth

Associate Librarian, Arts and Humanities
Librarian for History, Religious Studies and the History and Philosophy of Science


(812) 855-1336

PhD candidate in History, Indiana University (degree expected 2014)
MLS,  Indiana University, 1996
MA in History, Indiana University, 1996


Research Interests:
• religion in 18th-century Britain
• history of folklore studies
• history of children’s literature


Recent publications and presentations:

"Ancients and Moderns in the Apologetics of the Church of England, c. 1660-c. 1725" paper presented at "Ancients and Moderns: the 81st Anglo-American Conference of Historians," London, July 5-6, 2012. 


“Religious identity and ethnography in 18th-century Britain,” paper presented at the International Society for Cultural History Conference, Turku, Finland, May 30, 2010


“Clerical ‘folklorists’ and liturgical debate in the eighteenth-century Church of England,” paper presented at “European Clerics and Vernacular Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century,” Amsterdam, July 9, 2010


 “Ceremonies of the People: religious culture and ethnography in eighteenth-century Britain,” invited presentation at the University of Helsinki Intellectual History Seminar, May 2009


“The liturgical calendar and ‘popular antiquities’ in the eighteenth-century English parish church,” paper given at “The Early Modern Parish Church,” University of Oxford, April 2009


“‘To Root the Old Woman out of Our Minds:’ Women Educationists and Plebian Culture in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain,” Eighteenth-Century Life, 30.2 (Spring 2006)


“The Kidnapped Fairy Tale: the Cultural Program of 18th-century Didactic Fiction,” paper given at “Education and Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century,” University of Cambridge, September 2005


“‘Not absolutely a native, nor entirely a stranger’: interrogating our sources for “folk” religion in 18th-century Britain,” paper given at the Bloomington Eighteenth-Century Studies Workshop, May 2005


Recent Awards and Honors:
Indiana University Bloomington Eighteenth-Century Studies Dissertation Fellowship, 2008-09
Indiana University New Frontiers Exploration Traveling Fellowship, 2008
Indiana University Office of International Programs Overseas Conference Fund grant, 2005, 2009, 2012

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last updated: 9/17/2012