On June 4, 2019 the Institute for Literary Studies, Research Centre for Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences organizes a workshop: Invention, Transfer, and Reception: The Making of the European Reformation(s). A Methodological Survey of Reformation Historiography.
The workshop is part of the research agenda of the Long Reformation in Eastern Europe (1500–1800) project supported by HAS and RefoRC. It seeks to provide a critical survey of some of the recent and most influential trends in the historiography of the Reformation. Its primary aim is to help better understand how historical writing and methodology articulates master narratives of Reformation(s) of disparate early modern European regions.
Conceiving a master narrative of the Reformation has always been closely related to the choice whether to produce an account of the “peculiar and national” tradition or try construct an all comprising European common tradition. Further difficulties arise when the “own” tradition lacks the genuine and truly significant actors and events, such was the case of early modern Hungary where Reformation had spread without the emergence and contribution of such prominent reformers as Luther, Zwingli or Calvin. Confronted with such a situation the scholarship either invents a national tradition considered to be the very “own” tradition, or is resolute to prove the determining influence of a received and assimilated tradition. Taking as a starting point this methodological dilemma the experts attending this workshop will engage in a complex scholarly dialogue, in order to exhibit comparative insights and critical findings that could sophisticate our understanding and discourse regarding the significance of Reformation.
This event is meant to be a prelude to the annual RefoRC conference to be held in 2021 and hosted by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
4 June 2019