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Call for Papers: Remembering the Reformation

Thursday, June 02, 2016   (0 Comments)

7–9 September 2017
Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

This conference, organised as part of the AHRC-funded research project ‘Remembering the Reformation’ (based at the Universities of Cambridge and York), aims to explore the links between Reformation, remembering and forgetting across late medieval and early modern Europe. We are eager to break out of the restricting paradigms of nationalist historiography and literary studies and to explore the memory of different varieties of Protestant, Catholic and radical Reformation comparatively and alongside each other. We also seek to stimulate discussion of how the memory cultures associated with magisterial and state-led Reformations, and those that resulted in the formation and consolidation of institutional churches, compare with those that were contested, thwarted, and reversed. We particularly invite papers on memory and reformations that transcended and crossed territorial boundaries and which were diasporic, mobile and global in character. Likewise we aim to challenge the periodisation to which the Reformation itself has helped to give rise, and to breach the conventional divide between the medieval and early modern eras, by encompassing earlier reform movements. Finally we hope to stir theoretically engaged discussions about the concepts of memory and reformation.

We therefore invite proposals for 20 minute papers on topics that explore and further these aims. Abstracts of c. 250 words should be sent to by 1 October 2016. The confirmed plenary speakers are:

John Arnold (University of Cambridge)
Philip Benedict (Institut d'Histoire de la Reformation, Geneva)
Simon Ditchfield (University of York)
Dagmar Freist (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg)
Kat Hill (University of East Anglia)
Geert Janssen (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
Isabel Karremann (Universität Würzburg)
Julia Lupton (University of California, Irvine)
Natalia Nowakowska (University of Oxford)
Katrina Olds (University of San Francisco)
Judith Pollmann (Universiteit Leiden)
Alison Shell (University College London)
James Simpson (Harvard University)

Organisers: Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge), Brian Cummings (York), Bronwyn Wallace (York), Ceri Law (Cambridge)

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