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 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 1, 2020 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.


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Event Info

Start Date
27 May 2020

End Date
29 May 2020

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




Lyndal Roper, University of Oxford

Reformation, and Emotions in the Peasants’ War

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

Reception at the City Hall

Optional: Visit at 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

Plenary lecture 5 – Lyndal Roper: Reformation, and Emotions in the peasants’ war.

Reception, sponsored by De Gruyter, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 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: February 17, 2020

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

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

Kajsa Brilkman, Lund University: The Transit of Luther in Print. Luther in Swedish translation in the Age of Confessionalization

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yelena Mazour-Matusevich, UAF, Teresa of Avila’s Late Medieval Connection(s)

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

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

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

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

Mauricio Lapchick 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)

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

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

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

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

Register for Tenth Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity

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 1, 2020.

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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For questions related to registration and payment, you may send an e-mail to: reforc2020@reforc.com.

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