Ninth Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity

Posted: 13 June 2018

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May 15-17, 2019, the Ninth Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity will take place in Bologna, hosted by the Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII.

Introduction

In the fourth centenary of the Defenestration of Prague, this momentous incident, which was fraught with ominous consequences, has to be reconsidered not as a circumstance merely stemming from the Holy Roman Empire’s endemic political instability, but as a crucial event in European history belonging to a broader chronological and geographical framework. Part of the issues this event raises are connected to a longue durée process of Konfessionalisierung redesigning the political and religious categories of a Christian West in which the reform of the Church had been deferred for too long. This is to say that intra-Christian violence, devastating Europe from the mid-sixteenth century to the mid-seventeenth century, was rooted in the violence on which the Christendom regime had been built upon three hundred years before, and was in turn fed by the delay in Church reform and the idea of defence against external enemies (i.e. the Ottoman Empire), which at the beginning was looked at as necessary war.

The plenary lectures are focusing on the topics of war, violence, peace, tolerance, and intolerance in the context of a multi-confessional Europe going roughly from the Diet of Augsburg (1530) to the Peace of Westphalia (1648).

Topic Plenary Lectures

War and Peace in 16th Century Religions

 

Plenary Speakers

  • Angela de Benedictis (Bologna): Theories of War, Revolt and Resistance in Early Modern Italy
  • Ian Campbell (Belfast): Early Modern University Debates on War and Religion
  • Irene Dingel (Mainz): Compelled to Peace. Religious Peace Agreements as a Path to Confessional Co-existence
  • Rebecca Giselbrecht (Bern): Women at War – The Swiss Connections
  • Mark Greengrass (Sheffield): Wars of Religion in the Sixteenth Century and the Problem of Trust
  • Vincenzo Lavenia (Bologna): Faith on the field. Soldiers and Religion in 16th Century Europe
  • Graeme Murdock (Dublin): Crossing Borders and Marking Boundaries: War and Peace on Religious Frontiers

 

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 Early Modern Christianity, ca. 1450-1650, 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, 2019. Your proposal will be reviewed by the organizers and you will be notified of the outcome within two weeks following the receipt of your proposal.

It is also possible to attend the conference without giving a paper.

 

Short Paper Submission

Short paper submissions are welcome before March 1, 2019 via the online registration form.

 

Registration

Registration becomes effective on receipt of payment of the registration fee. Registration closes on May 14, 2019.

 

Language

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.

 

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.

 

Visual: © Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau, El Milagro de Empel

Event Info

Start Date
15 May 2019

End Date
17 May 2019

Preliminary Program

 

Tuesday May 14, 2019


17:00-20:00
RefoRC Board Meeting, [location]

 

Wednesday May 15, 2019


09:30-11:30
RefoRC Member Meeting, [location]

11:30-12:30
Lunch RefoRC Members [location]

10.30-15.45
Registration: 09.00-12.30 Fscire, Via San Vitalle 114 and from 12.30 h in the Archiginnasio.

12:45-15:30, Inaugural Session in the Archiginnasio, Sala Stabat Mater, Piazza Galvani 1, Bologna

12:45-13:15
Opening of the conference and welcome addresses
Award Ceremony RefoRC Book Award 2019

13:15-14:15
Plenary Lecture 1 – Angela de Benedictis (Bologna): Theories of War, Revolt and Resistance in Early Modern Italy

14:15-15:15
Plenary Lecture 2 – Mark Greengrass (Sheffield): Wars of Religion in the Sixteenth Century and the Problem of Trust

15:15-15:45
Coffee Break

15:45-17:15
Short Paper Panels

18:00-21:00
Evening Program, visit to the Jewish Museum of Bologna, which includes a visit to the old ghetto. More 

 

Thursday May 16, 2019


09:00-11:30, Plenary Session

09:00-10:00
Plenary Lecture 3 – Ian Campbell (Belfast): Early Modern University Debates on War and Religion

10:00-10:30
Coffee Break

10:30-11:30
Plenary Lecture 4 – Rebecca Giselbrecht (Bern): Women at War – The Swiss Connections

11:45-13:15
Short Paper Panels

13:15-14:45
Lunch Break

14:45-15:45, Plenary Session

14:45-15:45
Plenary Lecture 5 – Graeme Murdock (Dublin): Crossing Borders and Marking Boundaries: War and Peace on Religious Frontiers

15:45-16:15
Coffee Break

16.15-17:45
Short Paper Panels

18.00-19.30
Short Paper Panels

19:30
Reception in the garden of Fscire

 

Friday May 17, 2019


09:00-10:00
Plenary Lecture 6 – Irene Dingel (Mainz): Compelled to Peace. Religious Peace Agreements as a Path to Confessional Co-existence

10:00:11:00
Plenary Lecture 7 – Vincenzo Lavenia (Bologna): Faith on the field. Soldiers and Religion in 16th Century Europe

11:00-11:30
Coffee Break

11:30:13.00
Short paper panels

13:00-13:15 Plenary Session

Closing of the conference
Announcing the Tenth Annual RefoRC Conference

 

Accepted Short Papers

Version webpage: 22 February 2019

Gábor Almási, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies, Padova: Education the Christian Prince for Learning and Peace: Rudolf in Spain (1564-1571)

Volker Arnke, University of Osnabrueck: Preservation of Religious Peace Through Law: the Peace of Westphalia (1648) and its Subsequent Contracts in the Biconfessional Prince-Bishopric of Osnabrueck

Sharon Arnoult, Midwestern State University, Austin Tx: “Deliver Us and Thy Whole Church:” Conformist Englishwomen’s Religious Responses to the British Civil Wars

Paolo Astorri, KU Leuven: The Lutheran Theologians and the Just Price Theory (Panel: Scholastic and Protestant Business Ethics)

Ryan Bean, DePauw University, Greencastle: Frontier’s Conquest: Soft Cultural and Religious Borders in Counter-Reformation Lima

Jan Andrea Bernhard, Institut für Schweizerische Reformationsgeschichte, Univerisität Zürich: Der ungarische Humanist János Sylvester und die “Schreckensherrschaft” der Türken (Panel: Humanistische und reformatorische Perspektiven auf Krieg und Frieden)

Chiara Bertoglio, Facoltà Teologica dell’Italia Settentrionale, Torino: The Warrior Pope and Sixteenth-Century Church Music (Panel: Music as Propaganda in the Long Reformation)

Alicja Bielak, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw: Tomasz Treter’s Symbolica Vitae Christi Meditatio: Transferring History into Symbols

Jan Blonski, University of Warsaw: The Role and Function of Religious Traditions in the Middle of the 17th Century in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

Erika Boije, Uppsala University: Finnish Soldiers and Jesuits in The Surgeon’s Stories by Zacharias Topelius. Religious Ideals and Counter Images Shaping the Image of the 30 Years’ War (panel: The Christian Soldier in the Early Modern Period – Ideals and Counter Images)

Dominique Birch, King’s College, London: Keeping the Christian Quiet: Ecclesiastical Arbitration in Early Modern England

Benedikt Brünner, Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz: Den Tod ins Leben ziehen. Konfessionelle Variationen im Umgang mit dem Tod während des “Jahrhunderts des Zwiespalts”

Aurelio García, University of Puerto Rico: Theodore Beza on the Rights of Magistrates upon Their Subjects: (1575): An Early Stage in the Evolution of French Reformed Thought on Resistance to Tyrants.

Ogulcan Celik, Bilkent University, Ankara: The Religion of the Region of Kent: Development of Protestantism from the Evidence of Preambles in Wills from c. 1509 to 1553

Martin Christ, Max Weber Centre, University of Erfurt: Death and Religion in German Towns during the Thirty Years War (Panel: Death during the Wars of Religion in Europe)

Alberto Clerici, Università “Niccolò Cusano”, Rome: Reason of State, Reason of Church. Guido Bentivoglio’s Account of the Twelve Years’ Truce (1609)

Gergely Csukás, Institut für Schweizerische Reformationsgeschichte, Zurich: “bellum cui nos instamus, pax est, non bellum” – Krieg und Frieden in der Historiographie der Reformationszeit (Panel: “bellum cui nos instamus, pax est, non bellum” – Krieg und Frieden in der Historiographie der Reformationszeit)

Wouter Druwé, KU Leuven: The Authority of the School of Salamanca in Netherlandish Consilia and Decisiones on Financial Law (ca. 1550 – 1630) (Panel: Scholastic and Protestant Business Ethics)

Drew McGinnis, Acton Institute, Grand Rapids: Joseph Hall’s Reading of Leonardus Lessius: A Case of Interconfessional Reception in Early Modern Ethics (Panel: Scholastic and Protestant Business Ethics)

Matthias Ebejer, University of Malta: “Fear thy Neighbour”; Violence, Religion and the Knights of Malta 1550-1650.

Gorm Harste, Aarhus University: Religious Wars in the Aftermath of Liturgical Quarrels: Between Reformation and Military State-Building

Sabine Hiebsch, Theological University Kampen: Martin Luther as lieu de mémoire in Early Modern Dutch Lutheranism

Elizabeth Hoyt, Durham University: Shakespeare and Seneca: Honour, Forgiveness, and the Dilemma of Revenge

Hyun-Ah Kim, Theologische Universiteit Kampen/Europäische Melanchthon-Akademie Bretten: Music, Persecution and Propaganda in Early Modern Christianity: Representing War and Peace Through Musica Rhetorica

Urs B. Leu, Institut für Reformationsgeschichte der Universität Zürich: Die Bibel auf dem Schlachtfeld – Zwingli und die Frage militärischer Gewaltanwendung (Panel: Humanistische und reformatorische Perspektiven auf Krieg und Frieden)

Daniel Lehmann, Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Sebastian Münster and his Sources: Intra-Christian Conflict and its Impact on the Christian-Jewish Discourse of the Reformation

Sasja Emilie Mathiasen Stopa, University of Aarhus: Consuming the Word of God. Eating the Eucharistic meal and practicing the catechism in Luther’s theology and in early modern Lutheran confessional culture

Andreas Mazetti Petersson, Uppsala University: The Ideal of the Christian Soldier in Antonio Possevino’s il Soldato Cristiano (panel: The Christian Soldier in the Early Modern Period – Ideals and Counter Images)

Yelena Mazour-Matusevich, UAF/Sorbonne: Jean Gerson’s (1363-1429) Contributions to the History of Medicine

Mathias Moosbrugger, University of Innsbruck: Close Reading Early Modern Catholic Parish Registers: Religious Self-concepts in Administrative Records

Thomas T. Müller, Mühlhäuser Museen, Mühlhausen: The German Peasants‘ War (1524-1525).  Facts, Reception, History and New Approaches

Bertil Nilsson, retired professor, Lund: Warfare and Peace in Some Writings by Erasmus of Rotterdam (panel: The Christian Soldier in the Early Modern Period – Ideals and Counter Images)

Joost Possemiers, FWO/KU Leuven: Morality in Business and Finance According to Conrad Summenhart’s De contractibus (1500) (Panel: Scholastic and Protestant Business Ethics)

Petr Vorel, University of Pardubice: Wages of Mercenaries, Commanders and Generals During the 1546-1547 Schmalkaldic War (Comparison of the Wage Level of the Habsburg Empire, Imperial Estates, Bohemian Estates and Pope Paul III)

Panels

 

The Christian Soldier in the Early Modern Period – Ideals and Counter Images

  • Erika Boije, Uppsala University: Finnish Soldiers and Jesuits in The Surgeon’s Stories by Zacharias Topelius. Religious Ideals and Counter Images Shaping the Image of the 30 Years’ War
  • Andreas Mazetti Petersson, Uppsala University: The Ideal of the Christian Soldier in Antonio Possevino’s il Soldato Cristiano
  • Bertil Nilsson, retired professor, Lund: Warfare and Peace in Some Writings by Erasmus of Rotterdam

 

Scholastic and Protestant Business Ethics

  • Paolo Astorri, KU Leuven: The Lutheran Theologians and the Just Price Theory
  • Wouter Druwé, KU Leuven: The Authority of the School of Salamanca in Netherlandish Consilia and Decisiones on Financial Law (ca. 1550 – 1630)
  • Drew McGinnis, Acton Institute, Grand Rapids: Joseph Hall’s Reading of Leonardus Lessius: A Case of Interconfessional Reception in Early Modern Ethics 
  • Joost Possemiers, FWO/KU Leuven: Morality in Business and Finance According to Conrad Summenhart’s De contractibus (1500)

Plenary Speakers

Read here more about the plenary speakers, their abstracts and bios.

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Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII
Via S. Vitale, 114
40125 Bologna BO
Italy
www.fscire.it

All conference rooms at the conference venue are equipped with an overhead projector and laptop to enable you to give powerpoint and audio presentations.  You may bring a USB-stick or other portable memory device containing your presentation, or interface directly using your laptop.

  • 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 2019 (two issues).

Refunds will be made for written cancellations received before March 1, 2019, less a € 30.00 processing fee.

Short paper submission: March 1, 2019

Registration: May 14, 2019

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