RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity

Event Date: 
27 May 2020 to 29 May 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 are welcomed also within this strand.




Topic Plenary Lectures

Reformation and everyday life




Plenary Speakers

  • Martin Berntson,Göteborg University: Reformation and Resistance in Everyday Life and Piety.
  • Bridget M. Heal, St. Andrews: Everyday Lutheranism During the Thirty Years War.
  • Peter Marshall, University of Warwick: Everyday Life and Religious Discretion in Reformation England.
  • Thomas Kaufmann, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen: Early Confessional Culture and Everyday Life.
  • Lee Palmer Wandel, University of Wisconsin, Madison: The Reformation of Time.
  • Kirsi Stjerna, California Lutheran University: Reformation and Women.



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 (contact info will follow). All other manuscripts can be submitted to Tarald Rasmussen.


Editors will decide on publication.

Submission date for papers: 
01 Mar 2020