7-9 May 2015: Transregional Reformations

The Fifth RefoRC Conference 2015 will be held May 7-9, 2015 and will hosted by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Short Papers and General Attendance

The conference is open to individual short paper presentations (20 minutes presentation, 10 minutes discussion) and to thematic sessions of two or three short papers. It is also possible to attend the conference without presenting a paper. While we encourage papers on the conference theme, papers can focus on all disciplines related to the 16th century reformations, such as arts, philosophy, law, history, theology etc., independent of the theme of the plenary papers.

Short Paper Submission and Registration

Short paper submissions and registrations can be submitted via the registration form.

Theme of Plenary Papers

The theme of the plenary papers is: Crossing Borders: Transregional Reformations

In recent decades, the field of transnational/transregional history has yielded novel insights: the constant movement of persons, goods, ideas, books and images across boundaries induced a transfer of culture and knowledge shaping the early modern world much more profoundly than previously thought. Although alert to the universal aspect of religion, theologians and (church) historians are only starting to apply this methodology to the study of religious reform in the sixteenth century.

The conference aims to emphasize the shift in the field of Reformation Studies to a cross-border and multi-confessional approach: How were religious exile, confessional identity and transregional transfers connected? What were the routes and networks of religious reform, along and across borders? How did the printing press support transregional exchange? In what ways did global, transregional and local dimensions of religious reform interact?
The Fifth RefoRC Conference Leuven explores transregional dimensions of the Catholic and Protestant Reformations in the early modern period.

Short paper proposals need to be submitted via the registration form before 15 February 2015.


General communication of the conference is in English, but also 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.


You can register online. Your registration will become effective on receipt of your payment. Closure of registration: May 6, 2015.

The Registration Fee Includes

  • subscription to the JEMC of 2016 (two issues)

Contact for More General Information and Information on Short Paper Submissions

Prof. Dr. Wim François, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Sint-Michielsstraat 4, box 3101

Prof. Dr. Violet Soen, Faculty of Arts, Blijde Inkomststraat 21, box 3307 B-3000 Leuven, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Johan Verberckmoes, Faculty of Arts, Blijde Inkomststraat 21, box 3307 B-3000 Leuven, Belgium

Contact for More information on Registration and Payment

Karla Apperloo-Boersma, project leader of Refo500 (kapperloo@refo500.nl)

Conference Secretariat

Drs. Antonio Gerace, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies

Drs. Alexander Soetaert, Faculty of Arts


See also: http://www.refo500.nl/rc/pages/546/fifth-reforc-conference-2015-leuven.html

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