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Luther Abroad - Luther Received (Society for Reformation Studies 24th Annual Conference)

April 4, 2017 - April 6, 2017
Society for Reformation Studies

University of Hull
United Kingdom

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2017 marks the five-hundredth anniversary of Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses, and the beginning of Reformation in Europe. Hull, City of Culture in 2017, was one of the most important points of entry for Lutheran ideas into England in the 1520s (Hull traders who brought back Lutheran notions from Bremen were put on trial in York in 1528), and in later years became a staunchly Protestant town. It is therefore appropriate that the Society for Reformation Studies will be meeting in Hull to explore the theme of ‘Luther Abroad – Luther Received’.

Luther’s ideas, and his critique of the Roman Catholic Church, spread rapidly both within and beyond the Holy Roman Empire. We invite papers (maximum 25 minutes) exploring the circulation and reception of Luther and his thought beyond Saxony and beyond the German lands. Papers might consider Luther’s influence on the development of Lutheranism across the Empire and through Europe, in the shaping of Protestant churches and movements and on the direction of the Roman Catholic Church. They might explore the circulation and dissemination of Luther’s writings, or of the image of Luther himself. Equally, they might investigate influence in the other direction - the effect on Luther of his own earlier travels to Rome, or of the foreign reception and response to his work on the development of Lutheranism in Germany.

Leading us in consideration of this theme will be:
Kat Hill (UEA)
Peter Marshall (Warwick)
Bernward Schmidt (RWTH Aachen)
Herman Selderhuis (Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn)

As ever, papers which reflect the current work of participants, regardless of their relevance to the theme, are welcome. The conference is always particularly keen to hear communications from post-graduate and early career scholars.

    For further information, or to propose a paper, contact:
Dr Charlotte Methuen (
or Dr Allan Smith ( 

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March 1, 2017, 9:00am BST

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