About Adam Hough
I am a doctoral candidate within the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies, and am currently in the final editing stage of my dissertation, the final defense of which is scheduled for December 4. That dissertation is titled, "The Meckhart Confession: Moderate Religion in an Age of Militancy," and it looks at the formation of excluding and polarizing confessional identities in post-Reformation Augsburg. Specifically, my subjects are the city's evangelical (i.e. non-Catholic) clerics and preachers, and I examine the role they played in trying to keep their faith explicitly non-political, both for the moral and spiritual health of their own congregations, but also for the sake of civil peace with their Catholic neighbours.
Previous to my doctoral work, I completed a master's thesis at the University of Victoria's Centre for Studies in Religion and Society. That thesis is titled, "Musically-Expressed Theology and the Golden Age of Martin Luther's Reformation."
Following the completion of my doctoral degree, I will be beginning a new project examining the profusion of tournament literature within the Holy Roman Empire in the first half of the sixteenth century. In particular, I will be looking at two recurrent narratives within this body of literature, both of which are invested in reclaiming the German tournaments' historical/ mythological past to serve contemporay social-politcal discourse.
I was a Teaching Assistant at the University of Victoria from 2009-2011, and have held this same position at the University of Arizona since 2011. In the spring of 2017, I designed and taught an "intensive" 7-week course on the Black Death, and subsequently in the summer pre-session, I designed and taught another intensive 3-week Early World History survey. Next, I will be teaching an upper-year, online medieval survey over the up-coming 2017-2018 winter break.
Areas of Study
Europe, from Late Antiquity through the twentieth century; Urban Reformation; Reformation and Music; Conflict and Co-existence in the "Age of Confessions"
2009: B.A. Honours, Trent University (Peterborough, Canada)
2011: M.A. History, Thesis Stream, University of Victoria (Victoria, Canada)
2017: Ph.D. Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies, University of Arizona
(Anticipated completion, December 2017)