Mark A Hutchinson

IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow
History
University College Cork
Ireland

E: mark.hutchinson@zentr.uni-goettingen.de

I was an IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Cork from October 2011 to September 2013.  I was born in Co. Antrim in Northern Ireland and studied History as an undergraduate at Trinity College Dublin.  I received an M.Litt. in Reformation studies from the University of St Andrews in 2006 and a Ph.D. from the University of Kent in 2011.  I am now a Junior Research Fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the University of Göttingen Institute of Advanced Study. 

Research Interests

                          

The research I completed as an IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Cork sought to reintegrate reform policy discussion in Elizabethan Ireland into the wider narrative of Elizabethan government in England.  This culminated in a monograph entitled Calvinism, Reform and the Absolutist State in Elizabethan Ireland (2015).

Here the study offers a new take on the notorious ‘failure’ of the Irish Reformation.  It argues that perceptions of an almost complete absence of God’s grace in Irish civil society promoted a growing emphasis on the necessity of absolute obedience to an increasingly abstracted state authority.  This process was, paradoxically, secularizing, even as it drew on fervent religious convictions.  Here absolutist theories of government, and proto-modern conceptions of an impersonal state, were developed by figures in and around the ruling regime in the Irish kingdom.  Such concepts would only later come into their own elsewhere.  In doing so, the study places Ireland within the wider context of English political and religious reform and European intellectual history.  It argues that Irish godly Calvinism played a very different role in the history of political thought than the one usually assigned to it, because in Ireland absolutist as opposed to constitutionalist theories of government came to dominate.

My current research encompasses a wider examination of the emergence of  early modern notions of 'the state', which in many studies tends to be thought axiomatic.  This will be conducted through a comparative study of Britain and the Palatinate in the first half of the seventeenth century.  Here the study seeks to re-evaluate the meaning and shape of early modernity, by re-examining the wider reconfiguration of the nature of the political space encompassed by ‘the state’, which involved notions of social discipline, as well as a rising concern over political interests (as opposed to the common good).  In doing so the project looks to integrate the methodological approaches of intellectual history, confessionalization and a more empiricist tradition, whilst challenging all three. 

Books

YearPublication
(2015)Calvinism, Reform and the Absolutist State in Elizabethan Ireland.
Mark A Hutchinson (2015) Calvinism, Reform and the Absolutist State in Elizabethan Ireland. London: Pickering & Chatto. Globe icon [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2014)'‘The Emergence of the State in Elizabethan Ireland and England, c. 1575 to 1599’'
Mark A. Hutchinson (2014) '‘The Emergence of the State in Elizabethan Ireland and England, c. 1575 to 1599’'. Sixteenth Century Journal, 45 (3):659-682 Globe icon [Details]
(2014)''The State’ – Ireland’s Contribution to the History of Political Thought’'
Mark A Hutchinson (2014) ''The State’ – Ireland’s Contribution to the History of Political Thought’'. The Irish Review, 48 :28-34 Globe icon [Details]
(2014)'‘Nicholas Walsh’s Oration to the Irish House of Commons, May 1586’'
Mark A Hutchinson (2014) '‘Nicholas Walsh’s Oration to the Irish House of Commons, May 1586’'. Analecta Hibernica, 45 :35-52 Globe icon [Details]
(2011)''Reformed protestantism and the government of Ireland, c. 1565 to 1580: the lord deputyships of Henry Sidney and Arthur Grey''
Hutchinson, Mark A. (2011) ''Reformed protestantism and the government of Ireland, c. 1565 to 1580: the lord deputyships of Henry Sidney and Arthur Grey''. The Sidney journal, 29 (no. 1-2):71-104 [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2014)'An Irish Perspective on Elizabeth’s Religion: Reformation Thought and Henry Sidney’s Irish Deputyship, c. 1560 to 1580'
Hutchinson, Mark A. (2014) 'An Irish Perspective on Elizabeth’s Religion: Reformation Thought and Henry Sidney’s Irish Deputyship, c. 1560 to 1580' In: Brendan Kane and Valerie McGowan-Doyle (eds). Elizabeth I and Ireland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Globe icon [Details]

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2014)Reformation Studies colloquium,
Mark A Hutchinson (2014) ‘Inverting Resistance Theory and the State in Elizabethan Ireland’. [Oral Presentation], Reformation Studies colloquium, University of Cambridge , 10-SEP-14 - 12-SEP-14. [Details]
(2014)Weekly colloquium,
Mark A Hutchinson (2014) 'State, Commonwealth and Good Conscience under James I & VI'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Weekly colloquium, Lichtenberg-Kolleg, University of Göttingen Institute of Advanced Study , 18-JUN-14 - 18-JUN-14. [Details]
(2014)Introductory workshop: Religious Toleration in the Modern World,
Mark A Hutchinson (2014) ‘Rereading English Political Thought in Ireland’s Dysfunctional and Ungodly Polity, c. 1558 to 1625’. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Introductory workshop: Religious Toleration in the Modern World, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel , 29-JAN-14 - 31-JAN-14. [Details]
(2013)Early Modern Studies Conference,
Mark A Hutchinson (2013) ‘Resistance Theory and the Emergence of the State in Ireland and Europe, c. 1560 to 1590’. [Oral Presentation], Early Modern Studies Conference, University of Reading , 09-JUL-13 - 11-JUL-13. [Details]
(2012)Centre for Early Modern History,
Mark A Hutchinson (2012) ‘Governing in a State of Grace? Reformed Theology and Statist Thought in Elizabethan Ireland and England’. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Centre for Early Modern History, Trinity College Dublin , 11-NOV-12 - 11-NOV-12. [Details]
(2011)Communication and Exchange, 1500-1750,
Mark A Hutchinson (2011) ‘The Emergence of ‘the State’ in Irish Government Correspondence, 1578-1582’. [Oral Presentation], Communication and Exchange, 1500-1750, University of Reading , 18-JUL-11 - 20-JUL-11. [Details]
(2010)English Department,
Mark A Hutchinson (2010) ‘Philip Sidney’s Poetry and Henry Sidney’s Government of Ireland’. [Invited Oral Presentation], English Department, University of Lausanne , 01-NOV-10 - 01-NOV-10. [Details]
(2009)Elizabeth I and Ireland,
Mark A Hutchinson (2009) ‘Elizabeth, Sir Henry Sidney and Reformed Protestantism’. [Oral Presentation], Elizabeth I and Ireland, University of Connecticut , 13-NOV-09 - 14-NOV-09. [Details]
(2009)Authority and Authorities, 1500-1750,
Mark A Hutchinson (2009) Elizabeth and Sir Henry Sidney’s Government of Ireland – the Beginnings of an Irish State?’. [Oral Presentation], Authority and Authorities, 1500-1750, University of Reading , 06-JUL-09 - 08-JUL-09. [Details]
(2009)Sixteenth Century Society Conference,
Hutchinson, Mark A. (2009) 'Sir Henry Sidney and an Irish Reformation'. [Oral Presentation], Sixteenth Century Society Conference, Geneva , 28-MAY-09 - 30-MAY-09. [Details]
(2009)Rethinking Politics in Sixteenth Century England,
Hutchinson, Mark A. (2009) 'English Political Thought and Its Irish Context: Sir Henry Sidney's Government of Ireland and Edmund Grindal's English Church'. [Oral Presentation], Rethinking Politics in Sixteenth Century England, University of Warwick , 15-APR-09 - 17-APR-09. [Details]
(2009)Region, Religion and Early Modern Literature,
Hutchinson, Mark A. (2009) 'The Theology of Reform in Early Modern Ireland'. [Oral Presentation], Region, Religion and Early Modern Literature, University of London Symposium , 02-APR-09 - 02-APR-09. [Details]
(2008)Department of History and American Studies Research Seminar,
Hutchinson, Mark A. (2008) 'Political and Religious Thought in Early Modern Ireland'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Department of History and American Studies Research Seminar, Canterbury Christ Church University , 12-JUN-08 - 12-JUN-08. [Details]