May 6-8, 2021, the Tenth Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity will take place in Budapest, hosted by the Research Centre for the Humanities.
The concept of Long Reformation has entered the terminology of Reformation historiography during the 1990s. Since its very first mention it has been employed to describe novel approaches to Reformation history, or to re-evaluate some of the findings of the scholarship. This conference seeks to reflect upon Long Reformation not only as a tool of historical periodization, but as a possibility to revisit those cultural, social, and theological issues that had been shaping Reformation from 1400 to 1800 all over Europe. It intends to reiterate the conviction that Reformation was not an abrupt change, but an era of multifaceted transfers, translations, and complex transformations.
Thus this conference aims to explore three major thematic perspectives in the plenary lectures:
1. Long Reformation and Historical Writing
Long Reformation as a critical tool assessing the historical writing of Reformation would provide new perspectives regarding the making of Reformation as an era on both macro and micro-levels. Papers critically reflecting on the relation between Early Modern Christianity and Reformation(s) with all their historiographic implications are in particular welcome.
2. Social History and the Benefits of Long Reformation
The significance of Long Reformation consists in changing the scale of analysis as it adds some 150 years to the period of Reformation. Thus certain social and cultural processes of transformation originating from Reformation, but unavoidably brought to a close by 1650s could be revisited and evaluated in the context of a longer period of time.
3. Mutimediality and Fine Arts
Long Reformation (1400–1800) implies unavoidably the reformation and transformation of medieval and early modern media not only as technologies but means to create literary texts, work of arts and music. Thus, experts of early modern art history and musicology are encouraged to contribute with papers reflecting on multiconfessional devotion expressed in contemporary works of art and musical culture.
This conference is part of the research agenda of the Long Reformation in Eastern Europe (1500–1800) research project supported by HAS and RefoRC.
Topic Plenary Lectures
Long Reformation (ca. 1400–1800): Confessions, Cultures, and Societies.
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.
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, 2021 via the online registration form. Papers that had been accepted for the Aarhus conference 2020 are accepted for Budapest as well, but we do kindly ask to fill out the registration form for the 2021 conference.
Registration becomes effective on receipt of payment of the registration fee. If your short paper proposal has been accepted, please see to it that the amount of the registration fee is on our account before March 1, 2021, so that we can include your paper in the program. Registration closes on May 5, 2021.
The language of the conference is English, papers in French and German will also 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.
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).
Editors will decide on publication.
Visual: Reproduction: Wien Museum, Peter and Birgit Kainz, Allegorie auf das Toleranzpatent Josephs II. vom 13. Oktober 1781
6 May 2021
8 May 2021
Research Centre for the Humanities
Tóth Kálmán utca 4.
All conference rooms 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 2021 (two issues), coffee and tea breaks and a reception.
Refunds will be made for written cancellations received before March 1, 2021, less a € 30.00 processing fee.
Short Paper Submission: March 1, 2021.
Registration: May 5, 2021.
More information will follow.
Banks and currency exchange
Bank and exchange offices are located all over the city. The currency of Hungary is the Hungarian forint. Although some of the shops accept euros, it is recommended to exchange to the local currency. Most of the shops accept major credit cards. ATMs are widely available in the city.
Electricity in Hungary is 230V AC. Plugs are European standard.
The nearest post office is a 5‒10 minute walk from the conference venue (located at Soroksári Street 38‒42, 1097, Budapest IX).
Opening hours: 8.00‒16.00.
Shops in Budapest are usually open from Monday to Friday, from 10.00‒18.00 (Saturdays 10.00‒15.00). Supermarkets and department stores are open till 21.00 on weekdays and 18.00 on the weekend. Prices are usually quoted in forint. Most shops accept all major credit cards (especially Visa, MasterCard and American Express).
Most restaurants in Budapest are open until midnight. Gratuities are included in some of the restaurants, but not all of them.
Travelling to/from Liszt Ferenc Airport
The airport is located 16 kms southeast of the center of Budapest, and offers direct international flights mainly to Europe. There is an airport shuttle bus (100E) from Liszt Ferenc airport with frequent departures. The fare is about 900 HUF, and it takes about 50 minutes to reach the city centre of Budapest. The bus stops at the main traffic junctions, as Kálvin Square, Astoria and Deák Ferenc Square.
Bus fare can be paid cash (HUF). Ticket machines are also available at the airport, which accept cash (HUF) and also credit cards. The tickets can be purchased also via mobile app (airport shuttle tickets, 24 and 72 hours Budapest-tickets). For more information, please check here.
Individual taxi services are available at the airport.
Travelling to the Conference Venue
The conference venue is located in the IX. district of Budapest, which can be easily reached by tram (Tram 24, or Tram 2).