Tenth Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity

Posted: 20 March 2019

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May 27-29, 2020, the Tenth Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity will take place in Aarhus, hosted by the University of Aarhus.



The RefoRC Board is very sorry to announce that it had to cancel the upcoming Tenth Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity in Aarhus, May 27-29, 2020 because of COVID-19.

The Tenth Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity will now be held at the Research Center for the Humanities in Budapest, May 6-8, 2021. More information on this conference will be available soon.



The European reformations meant major changes in theology, religion, and everyday life. Some changes were immediate and visible in a number of countries: monasteries were dissolved, new liturgies were introduced, and married pastors were ordained, other more hidden. Theologically, as well as practically the position of the church in the society changed dramatically, but differently according to confession and political differences.

The influences of the theological, liturgical and organizational changes on everyday life have been studied from various perspectives, but often focusing on social disciplining, political levels and similarities across Europe more than differences between confessions. New theoretical positions within various fields as well as strong interdisciplinary approaches have made it timely to revisit the large questions of how the changes brought by the reformation within all confessional cultures throughout Europe influenced the everyday life of ordinary people within the church and within society.

The aim of this conference is to discuss how lived religion and everyday life and space were formed in the aftermath of the reformation, and how we can trace changes in material culture, in emotions, in social structures, in culture, which may be linked to the reformation and the development of confessional cultures.

A special strand in the paper program will concentrate on authorities and social responsibilities in church, household, and state. This strand will be organised by Associate Professor Nina Javette Koefoed as part of the research project ”Lutheranism and societal development in Denmark” funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. Comparative perspectives from Nordic, European, and global points of reference are welcomed also within this strand.


Topic Plenary Lectures

Reformation and everyday life


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 15, 2020 (extended deadline) via the online registration form.



Registration becomes effective on receipt of payment of the registration fee. Registration closes on May 26, 2020.



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 Bo Holm and Nina Javette Koefoed via e-mail. All other manuscripts can be submitted to Wim François.

Editors will decide on publication.


Visual: © Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht. More



Plenary Speakers


Martin Berntson, Göteborg University

Reformation and Resistance in Everyday Life and Piety

Abstract and Bio




Bridget M. Heal, St. Andrews

Everyday Lutheranism During the Thirty Years War

Abstract and Bio




Peter Marshall, University of Warwick

Everyday Life and Religious Discretion in Reformation England

Abstract and Bio




Thomas Kaufmann, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen:

Early Confessional Culture and Everyday Life

Abstract and Bio




Lee Palmer Wandel, University of Wisconsin, Madison

The Reformation of Time

Abstract and Bio




Kirsi Stjerna, California Lutheran University

Reformation and Women

Abstract and Bio


Preliminary Program

Tuesday May 26, 2020

RefoRC Board Meeting. Location: TBA


Wednesday May 27, 2020

RefoRC Member Meeting [location: TBA]

Lunch RefoRC Members [location: TBA]

Registration: 09.00-12.30 [location: TBA]

12:45-15:30, Inaugural Session [location: TBA]

Opening of the conference and welcome addresses

Plenary Lecture 1 – Lee Palmer Wandel, University of Wisconsin, Madison: The Reformation of Time.

Plenary Lecture 2 – Peter Marshall, University of Warwick: Everyday Life and Religious Discretion in Reformation England.

Coffee Break

Short Paper Panels

19:00 The Aros Art Museum: Level 8, Aarhus
Reception, sponsored by DFF-project, Lutheranism and Societal Development in Denmark

Optional: Visit at YOUR RAINBOW PANORAMA and/or Aros Art Museum


Thursday May 28, 2020

09:00-11:30, Plenary Session

Plenary Lecture 3 – Thomas Kaufmann, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen: Early Confessional Culture and Everyday Life.

Coffee Break

Plenary Lecture 4 – Bridget M. Heal, St. Andrews: Everyday Lutheranism During the Thirty Years War.

Lunch Break

Short Paper Panels

Coffee Break

Short Paper Panels

Short Paper Panels/Text Reading Groups

19:30 The museum of Ancient Art, Aarhus University
Reception, sponsored by De Gruyter, and DFF-project, Lutheranism and Societal Development in Denmark


Friday May 29, 2020

09:00-11:00, Plenary Session

Plenary Lecture 6 – Martin Berntson, Göteborg University: Reformation and Resistance in Everyday Life and Piety.

Plenary Lecture 7 – Kirsi Stjerna, California Lutheran University: Reformation and Women.

Coffee Break

Short Paper Panels

13:15-13:30, Plenary Session

Closing of the Conference
Award Ceremony RefoRC Book Award 2020
Announcing the Eleventh Annual RefoRC Conference



Accepted Short Papers


Last update: March 20, 2020

Mette Ahlefeldt-Laurvig, University of Oxford: Reformation Renegotiated: Women, Childbirth and Churching in Early Modern Denmark

Arne Bugge Amundsen, University of Oslo: Visitation and Visits. Two Norwegian Superintendents in 16th Century (Panel: The Pastoral `Optics’ of the Lutheran Clergy in Denmark and Norway)

Ilya Andronov, Lomonosov Moscow State University: Graeci sibi peculiarem eligunt papam. The Great Schism and Scaling of Events in the Western 16th century Church Histories

Sivert Angel, University of Oslo: The Structure of the Knowledge of Sin: Dialectics and the Catechism’s Training of Judgement

Paolo Astorri, University of Copenhagen: Parental Authority, Privacy, and the Reformation of Marriage (Panel: Private Life and the Threats of Marriage in the Early Modern Period)

Ruth Atherton, University of Birmingham: Sacramental Education in Early-Modern Germany, 1525-1610

Carsten Bach-Nielsen, Aarhus University: Conflicting Concepts and Staging of Everyday Life in 19th Century Northern Europe

Eleanor Barnett, University of Cambridge: Pious Eating in Protestant England and Catholic Italy, c. 1560 – c. 1640

Peter Benka, Comenius University in Bratislava: Multilingual Communities and the Reformation: The Case of Upper Hungarian Free Royal Towns

Itai Blumenzweig, University of Pennsylvania: Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani?: Sixteenth Century Perspective on Biblical Transliterations

Anders Kirk Borggaard, Aarhus University: Reforming the Pater Patriae: the Syncretism of Humanist and Lutheran Princely Ideology in Niels Hemmingsen’s Funebris Oratio in Memoriam … Christiani Tertij (1559)

Kajsa Brilkman, Lund University: The Transit of Luther in Print. Luther in Swedish translation in the Age of Confessionalization (Panel: Translated Lutheranism)

Carlos Caldas, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais: Between Pathos and Logos – a Comparison of the Heidelberg Catechism of 1563 and the Westminster Confession of 1646

Christophe Chalamet, University of Geneva: Swiss Covenant Theology and Its Impact on Spiritual Life – the Case of Heinrich Bullinger

Suk Yu Chan, University of St Andrews: Twin Sermons: The Doctrine of Providentia Dei in Zwingli’s Sermonis de providentia Dei anamnema 1530 and Calvin’s Sermons sur le livre de Job 1554-1555

Esther Chung-Kim, Claremont McKenna College: Charity to Social Responsibility in Calvin’s Geneva

Leonard Cohen Shabot, Ben Gurion University of the Negev: Magseph Assetat vs. Mazgaba Haymanot: Father Antonio Fernandes’ Refutation of Ethiopian Christian Doctrine (Panel: Exporting the Counter-Reformation: Jesuit Encounters with Non-Catholic Cultures)

Gergely Csukás, Institut für Schweizerische Reformationsgeschichte: Shaping Everyday Life: The Formative Aspect of Liturgy in Reformed Zurich

Otfried Czaika, MF Norwegian School of Theology: The Early Modern Swedish Lutheran pastor in a Comparative European Lutheran Perspective

David Davis, Houston Baptist Univerisity: “For Ornament & History not for Workshop”: Praying with Pictures in 17th Century England

Kyle Dieleman, Trinity Christian College: Negotiating Community and Conflict in Small Dutch Reformed Communities

Savannah DiMarco, Yale University: Othello as Post-Reformation Portrait: The Individual in the Protestant Imagination

Mark Earngey, Moore Theological College: Adversarial Culture of Publication in Sixteenth Century England: Bishop John Ponet vs. Bishop Stephen Gardiner

Hallgeir Elstad, University of Oslo: Pastoral Ideals in the Sermons of Jørgen Erikssøn, Bishop in Stavanger, Norway (Panel: The Pastoral ‘Optics’ of the Lutheran Clergy in Denmark and Norway)

Sasja Emilie Mathiasen Stopa, Aarhus University: Who is a Trustworthy Authority? – Changes to the Lutheran Trust Culture of 19th century Denmark in the Transition from Absolutism to Liberal Democracy

William Engel, Sewanee: The University of the South: Interrupting Images of Everyday Life: The Dance of Death in Protestant England

Holly Fletcher, University of Cambridge: Matters of Weight: Disciplining the Body in Reformation Germany

Kristoffer Garne, Aarhus University: Excarnation – or Liturgical Incarnation? The Case of the Danish Hymn Mass

Clara Geiwiz, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg: An Image of Women between the Desire for Science and the Reformational Faith. The Inner Conflict of Olympia Morata in her Dialogues with Lavinia della Rovere

Gregory Haake, University of Notre Dame: Strangers at Home: The Reformation and Political and Cultural Identity

Joar Haga, VID Specialized University: Exempla negativa? The Use of Vices in Pontoppidan’s 1737 Commentary on Luther’s Small Catechism

Gorm Harste, Aarhus University: Essentially Contested Concepts and Procedures about Liturgy and Eucharist in the 16th Century – a Reinterpretation of a Communication Problem with Jürgen Habermas and Niklas Luhmann

Sven Rune Havsteen, University of Copenhagen: Music as a Form of Cognition in Early Lutheran Theology (Panel: Luther and Aesthetics: Language, Music, Images II)

Freerk Heule, Erasmus School of Philosophy: A Tragedy on the Fall of the Ming Dynasty (1644): Joost van den Vondel’s Zungchin (1667)

Sabine Hiebsch, Theological University Kampen: The Early Modern Dutch Lutheran Pastor in a Comparative European Lutheran Perspective

Bo Kristian Holm, LUMEN/Aarhus University: Benevolent and Obliged Authority in Lutheranism (Panel: Authority and Social Responsibility in Lutheranism and Early Modern Denmark)

Andreas Holzem¸ Katholisch-Theologische Fakultät Tübingen: “…grief submerging my heart, like raging waves flooding a small island,” Private and Public Interpretations of the Thirty Years’ War in Ravensburg

Linda Honey, Marooned in Pre-colonial Canada: Ripples of the Reformation

Johannes HuhtinenÅbo Akademi: John Foxe and the End of Time

Gábor Ittzés, Debrecen Reformed Theological University: From a ‘Peculiar’ to ‘Another’ Question: The Theological Significance of Melanchthon’s Reworking of the Immortality Doctrine in His De anima Commentary

Søren Frank Jensen, University of Copenhagen: David for Kings and Commoners? Court Preacher Nikolaus Selnecker’s (1530-92) Interpretation of the Psalter

Doohyeok Jeong, Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn: Tell it to the Church. A Research on the Changes by the Exegesis of Matt 18:15-17 Before and After the Reformation 

Jan Jeż, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw: The Bright of Culture’s Bloom at the Twilight of the Dynasty or the Fundation Activity of Mazovian Duchess Anna Radziwiłł

Louise Nyholm Kallestrup, University of Southern Denmark: The Devil is Awake. Pre-reformation Church Murials in a Post-reformation Church

Richard Kirwan, Univerersity of Limerick: True Believers or Treacherous Imposters? Religious Converts at the University of Tübingen, 1556-1634

Jonas Kjøller-Rasmussen, University of Copenhagen: Ambiguity of Work: Jesper Brochmand (1585-1652) on Human and Divine Activity

Natacha Klein Käfer, Centre for Privacy Studies: Love Spells and the Negotiation of Marital Power

Nina J. Koefoed, Aarhus University, Household-Authorities and Social Responsibilities in Early Modern Denmark (Panel: Authority and Social Responsibility in Lutheranism and Early Modern Denmark)

Jakub Koryl, Jagiellonian University: What did Luther Want to Hear? Introduction to the Acoustic History of Reformation

Konrad Küster, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg: Melanchthon’s Remark on East Frisian Organs: Early Confessional Propaganda and its Context

Mauricio Lapchik Minski, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Magseph Assetat vs. Mazgaba Haymanot: Father Antonio Fernandes’ Refutation of Ethiopian Christian Doctrine (Panel: Exporting the Counter-Reformation: Jesuit Encounters with Non-Catholic Cultures)

Anette E. Larner, Aalborg University: Inmates Dire Need of Socks, Authority and Social Responsibilities in Danish Early Modern Prisons

Johnny F. Lindholm, University of Iceland: Spiritual Life at the Edge of Civilization

Balász Dávid Magyar, University of Pretoria:“Go, and Sin no More”. John Calvin’s Moral Teachings on Sin and Forgiveness. His Interpretation of Jesus and the Adulterous Woman (Jn 8,1−11) in Context

Jessica Malay, University of Huddersfield: The Lady Anne Clifford and the Church of England during the Interregnum

Tomasz Karol Mantyk, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin: Between Theology and Philology. Franciscus Titelmans’s Critical Remarks on Erasmus’s Translation of Romans 5:12

Aleksandra Matczyńska, Uniwersytet Wrocławski:  Not Only a “Hausfrau”. Townswomen and Noblewomen as Art Patrons in Silesia in Years 1520-1620

Yelena Mazour-Matusevich, University of Alaska Fairbanks: Teresa of Avila’s Late Medieval Connection(s)

John McCallum, Nottingham Trent University: The Emotional Worlds of a Protestant Minister in Late Sixteenth Century Scotland

Riikka Miettinen, Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences: Religious Healing of the Insane – Spaces and Practices in Early Modern Sweden

Sini Mikkola, University of Eastern Finland: Breaking Down the Inner Walls, Maintaining the Way of Living: Monasticism, Everyday Life and Spatiality in Martin Luther

Angelika Modlińska-Piekarz, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin: Ethical Issues in Neo-Latin Poetic Psalm Paraphrases and in Biblical Meditations and Prayers of Silesian Protestants in the 16th and 17th Centuries

Attila Molnar, Thomas Molnar Institute, NUPS Budapest: Calvinist Religiosity Among Hungarians of 17th Century

Bonnie Noble, University of North Carolina at Charlotte: Albrecht Dürer’s Melancholia (1514) and the Question of Truth

Lars Cyril Nørgaard, Centre for Privacy Studies, University of Copenhagen: Zones of Privacy in Danish Funeral Sermons

Eivor Andersen Oftestad, MF Norwegian School of Theology: The Death Bed in the Midst of Life

Maria Nørby Pedersen, LUMEN/Aarhus University: A Social Responsibility Towards the Poor of Early Modern Denmark

Kiril Petkov, University of Wisconsin: Reformed Christianity: A Metamonotheism?

Natália da Silva Perez, University of Copenhagen: The Legal Standing of Strategies of Sexual Privacy (Panel: Private Life and the Threats of Marriage in the Early Modern Period)

Thom Pritchard, University of Edinburgh: The Disappearing Face of God: Depictions of Providence on the Frontispieces of Tudor Bibles

Marta Quatrale, Freie Universität Berlin: Pillar or Outcome? Luther’s Practical Theological Aim and its Theopatical Implications

Päivi Räisänen-Schröder, University of Helsinki: Reading, Singing and Lived Religion in 16th Century Anabaptism

Tarald Rasmussen, University of Oslo: Niels Hemmingsen on Pastoral Care (Panel: The Pastoral `Optics’ of the Lutheran Clergy in Denmark and Norway)

Hanne Sanders, Lund University: Lutheran Culture in the History of Scania 1640-1680

Bernwardt Schmidt, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt: Luther’s Catholic Opponents and their Networks. Praxeological Aspects of Controversial Theology

Karin Sennefelt, Stockholm University: Barefoot in the Snow: Exposure and Fortification in the ‘Book of Nature’ 

Avner Shamir, The Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen: Christ as Teacher in Early Reformation Bible Translations

Emilie Luther Søby, Aalborg University: Inmates Dire Need of Socks, Authority and Social Responsibilities in Danish Early Modern Prisons

Mattias Sommer, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen: In Foreign Tongue: Translating a Danish Lutheran

Raisa Maria Toivo, Tampere University: Preaching to the Horses and and Pigs: Experiencing Sacred Space in Post-Reformation Finland

Zsombor Tóth, Hungarian Academy of Sciences: Reading, Writing and Long Reformation: the case of Mihály Cserei (1667–1756)

Lucy Underwood, University of Warwick: Religion and Nation in Post-Reformation English Catholic Culture: Traces in Miscellanies and Commonplace Books

Rasmus Vangshardt, University of Southern Denmark: Confessional Culture and the Comparative Approach to Early Modern Drama

Csongor Vass, Babeș-Bolyai University: Jesuit Mission and Catholic Re-formation in 17th century Transylvania. The Example of Pál Baranyi

Anna Vind, University of Copenhagen: Language, Music, Images (Panel: Luther and Aestethics I)

Anna Vind, University of Copenhagen: Luther and Rhetoric: Can we Say more about this Topic? (Panel: Luther and Aesthetics: Language, Music, Images II)

Christian Vrangbæk, Aarhus University: Erasmus and Patristic Authority

Martin Wangsgaard Jürgensen, The Danish National Museum, Inner and Outer Images at the Time of the Reformation: The Figural Potential of Visual Art  (Panel: Luther and Aesthetics: Language, Music, Images II)

Roger Whittal, Australian Lutheran College: “We are all priests”. Luther and the Theory and Practice of the Common Christian Priesthood

Liv Helene Willumsen, University of Tromsø: ‘Straying away from God in Heaven’: The Devil’s Pact in the High North

Marcin Wislocki, University of Wroclaw: For Christ and the Common Good. Remarks on Relations between Power and Lutheran Devotion in the Visual Arts

Marta Woltkowska-Maksymik, University of Warsaw: Changes in the Image of a Woman and the Perception of her Role in the 16th century Poland (on the Example of Selected works by Protestant Writers: Jan Seklucjan, Erazm Gliczner, Mikołaj Rej, and Marcin Czechowicz)

Katharina Chou Wu, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen: Reformation Studies in China over Seventy Years



Aarhus University Conference Center
Fredrik Nielsens Vej 2-4
DK-8000 Aarhus C

All conference roomsare 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.

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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 2020 (two issues), coffee and tea breaks and a reception.

Refunds will be made for written cancellations received before March 1, 2020, less a € 30.00 processing fee.

Short Paper Submission: March 15, 2020 (extended deadline).

Registration: May 26, 2020.


Following pre-reservations have been made:

Comwell Aarhus  
Hotel room from 946 DKK (breakfast incl.).
Please send an e-mail to booking.aarhus@comwell.dk and mention the booking code 5295012. 
Prices are available until one month before the conference beginning or until they are sold out.

Scandic the Mayor Aarhus
Single room from 725 DKK (breakfast incl.)
Please send an e-mail to themayor@scandichotels.com and mention the booking code 47031090. 
Prices are available until one month before the conference beginning or until they are sold out.

Wakeup Hotel
Single room from 400 DKK.
Book online here. Prices are available until one month before the conference beginning or until they are sold out.



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