Mark Hutchinson is a Lecturer in Early Modern History. Mark has held both a Mid-Career and a Junior Research Fellowship at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Institute for Advanced Study in the University of Göttingen, Germany, and a Government of Ireland Fellowship at University College Cork. He previously taught at both Durham University and Lancaster University. Immediately prior to joining the Department, Mark was as Research Fellow as part of the York Leverhulme project ‘Rethinking Civil Society: history, theory, critique’, with which he remains actively involved.
His research and teaching interests lie in early modern European cultural and intellectual history, with a specific focus on the way in which religious division and distrust came to shape early modern political thought and the vocabularies of ‘commonwealth’, ‘liberty’, ‘state’ and ‘civil society’. His work makes use of comparative history. This involves, on the one hand, the breakdown of English political vocabularies in Ireland, and on the other hand, German & English exchanges involving the Holy Roman Empire and the Thirty Years’ War.
Mark’s work examines how the problems posed by the European Reformation(s) shaped the vocabularies of ‘commonwealth’, ‘liberty’, ‘state’ and ‘civil society’.
One strand of research involves a monograph project entitled Diabolical Liberties in Early Modern England and Ireland: a conceptual history. Drawing on Irish and English exchanges from c. 1580 to 1650, the study addresses how the problem of an unredeemed ‘will’ gave form to a deeply contested idea of individual liberty. Another strand of research involves German and English letter exchanges and pamphlet translations concerning the Thirty Years’ War and the “mistranslation” of key political vocabularies.
Such work builds upon an earlier monograph, Calvinism, Reform and the Absolutist State in Elizabethan Ireland (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2015) re-issued in paperback (London: Routledge, 2017), which examined how the perceived failure of religious reformation there led the English to theorize ‘the state’ as early as the 1580s.