Eighth Annual RefoRC Conference 2018

Posted: 13 May 2017

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The Eighth Annual RefoRC Conference is hosted by the University of Warsaw and will take place May 24-26, 2018.

Theme of Plenary Lectures: Reformation and Education

The Reformation was closely tied to the renovation of educational models from its very beginning. By questioning the model of the medieval university and establishing new pedagogical solutions, early modern scholars and teachers shaped subsequent generations of clergy and laity, enabling them to work for their local communities and engage in the public sphere. Often these educational agendas went well beyond changes in curricula and were oriented towards much deeper goals, such as the shaping of confessional identity or the achieving of universal religious peace through the advancement of learning. As one of the leading research and educational institutions in Poland and East-Central Europe, the University of Warsaw is the perfect venue to ask further questions about the complex relations between early modern religious and pedagogical reforms. The plenary papers will offer a multi-faceted approach to this topic and will be accompanied by a series of short papers discussing all kinds of subjects related to the history of the Reformation. The aim of the conference is thus to broaden and contextualize the intersections between religious and educational reform.


Short Papers, Panels, and General Attendance

The conference is open to individual short paper presentations (20-minute presentations) and to thematic sessions of two or three short papers. While we encourage papers on the conference theme, papers can also focus on all disciplines related to the sixteenth-century Reformations, such as philosophy, law, history, theology, etc., independent of the theme of the plenary papers.

Short paper proposals are welcome via the registration form before March 1, 2018. It is also possible to attend the conference without giving a paper.


Short Paper Submission

Short paper proposals (max. 2000 characters including white spaces) can be submitted via the online registration form before March 1, 2018. You will be informed of whether your proposal has been accepted via email within two weeks after your submission.



Registration becomes effective on receipt of payment of the registration fee. Registration closes on May 23, 2018.



The language of the conference is English, but papers in French and German will be welcomed. Presenters who prefer to give their paper in French or German are invited to provide the audience with an English summary of about 150-200 words.



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Conference Proceedings

The conference volume will be published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht in the series Refo500 Academic Studies (R5AS) and will contain all the plenary papers and a selection of short papers. Another publication venue is the Journal of Early Modern Christianity (JEMC).

Manuscripts for the conference volume can be submitted to the editors (contact info will follow). All other manuscripts can be submitted to Tarald Rasmussen.

Editors will decide on publication.


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Event Info

Start Date
24 May 2018

End Date
26 May 2018

Plenary Speakers

Charlotte Appel (Aarhus), Religious Books and Lutheran Piety: Education, Devotional Practices, and the Formation of Confessional Identity in Denmark c. 1530-1700

Michał Choptiany (Warsaw), Education and Reformation in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: Between Tradition and Innovation

Anne Eusterschulte (Berlin), TBA

Willem Frijhoff (Amsterdam), Education High and Low as an Asset of the Catholic Tradition (Late 15th-17th centuries)

Torrance Kirby (Montreal), Educating the Public in Tudor London: Outdoor Sermons at Paul’s Cross

Lucie Storchová (Prague), Post Praeceptorem Germaniae: The Transfer of Melanchthon’s Natural Philosophy to the Bohemian Lands from the 1540s onwards


Wednesday May 23, 2018

RefoRC Board Meeting

Thursday May 24, 2018

RefoRC Member Meeting

Lunch RefoRC Members


12:45-15:30, Inaugural Session
Opening of the conference and welcome addresses

Plenary Lecture 1

Plenary Lecture 2

Coffee Break

Short Paper Panels

Evening Program

Friday May 25, 2018

09:00-11:30, Plenary Session

Plenary Lecture 3

Coffee Break

Plenary Lecture 4

Short Paper Panels

Lunch Break

14:45-15:45, Plenary Session

Plenary Lecture 5

Coffee Break

Short Paper Panels

Short Paper Panels


Saturday May 26, 2018

Short Paper Panels

Coffee Break

Plenary Session

Plenary Lecture 6

Closing of the conference
Announcing the Ninth  Annual RefoRC Conference 2019

Register for Eighth Annual RefoRC Conference 2018

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Refo500 partner, € 105.00

Non-Refo500 partner, € 160.00

Student, Refo500 partner, € 90.00

Student, non-Refo500 partner, € 125.00

Spouse/partner: € 90.00

The registration fee includes the subscription to the Journal of Early Modern Christianity 2018 (two issues).

Refunds will be made for written cancellations received before March 1, 2018, less a € 30.00 processing fee.

Short paper submission: March 1, 2018

Registration: May 23, 2018

Short Paper Submissions: RefoRC2018@reforc.com 

Other: info@reforc.com

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