Conference 4-Nation Commemoration: The Pilgrims and the Politics of Memory

August 26, 2020
End:  August 28, 2020
Genre:  Academic
Leiden University
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Leiden University

Due to the corona measures, this event is being held online!

Invitation plenary sessions Pilgrims & The Politics of Memory Conference 

Taking place from 26 to 28 August 2020, Leiden University will host the international conference  Four Nations Commemoration 1620-2020: The Pilgrims and the Politics of Memory. The plenary sessions of the conference, which will take place digitally, will be open to the general public (after registration). You are hereby cordially invited to attend these sessions.

Wednesday 26 August, 20.00-21.00 
Keynote lecture: Prof.dr. Francis J. Bremer, Leiden and the Pilgrim Way
Thursday 27 August, 19.30-20.45
Round Table: A Critical Backstory to Colonization: Paula Peters, Hartman Deetz, Michele Cook      
Friday 28 August, 17.15-18.30 
Round Table: The Great Significance of Jeremy Bangs for Pilgrim Studies

To register for the plenary sessions of the conference, please send an email to conference assistent Monica Lensink, 

Clik HERE for more information.

Organizing committee: Joke Kardux, Eduard van de Bilt, Ariadne Schmidt. 


2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. Among the one hundred English “Pilgrims” were the leaders of the colonizing enterprise, including most famously William Bradford, the later governor and chronicler of Plymouth Colony in New England. The Mayflower voyage and the foundation of Plymouth Colony have become linked with origin narratives of the United States, which ignore not only the Pilgrims’ almost twelve-year sojourn in Leiden and the larger Atlantic networks in which they were operating, but also the continuing impact of colonialism on indigenous societies and cultures. Taking the Mayflower anniversary as a starting point and a central concern, this interdisciplinary conference at Leiden University seeks to interrogate the myths, power-bases, mobility, and knowledge production of colonial pasts through three distinct but related strands:

• Contesting memories and commemoration
• Colonialism, migration and indigenous resistance in the early modern period
• The production of knowledge, print culture, and national myths