Conference, 5 – 7 October 2017, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada
The year 2017 will bring celebrations of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s supposed posting of his 95 Theses as a signal event of the Protestant Reformation, as well as celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Dominion of Canada. This dual anniversary will be celebrated with an exhibition of Reformation library treasures and an academic conference at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, jointly organized with the University of Ottawa and the University of Erfurt, and with support from the National Library and Archives of Canada, the Gotha Research Library, and the Embassy of Germany in Canada.
The exhibition “The Reformation – Translation and Transmission: Library Treasures from Germany and Canada” will provide a unique illustration of the worldwide impact of the Reformation by bringing together original editions and translations of Martin Luther’s works and other key Reformation texts from the Gotha Research Library, Saint Paul University and the National Library and Archives of Canada.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the academic symposium “From Reformation to Globalization in Canada, Germany, and the World” will explore the myriad and seminal forms of impact that the Reformation has had and continues to have on many aspects of religion, politics, society and culture in Canada, Germany, and in the wider world. Academic experts from many disciplines and community activists will explore these connections in panels and roundtables. The organizers also envision a graduate student workshop or seminar. The themes addressed at the conference could include but are not limited to the following:
- Spreading the word: the Reformation and the impact of new media on society from print to the internet
- The impact of the Reformation on philosophy and ideas, on worldviews (especially Western
- Modernity and secularization), on politics, on economics, on history, …
- Reformation and Migration
- Reformation and Justification: The Project “Not for Sale”, Resistance to Social and Ecological
- Religious Tolerance and Diversity in the past (Treaty of Westphalia, Augsburg) and current times
- Religion and Violence
- Reformation and Literature and the Arts
- Reformation and Language (Bible translations and the standardization of language)
- Dialogue: between Protestants and Catholics, inter-religious dialogue, religious-secular dialogue
The organizing committee invites proposals for papers (maximum 20 minutes) on these and other topics related to the conference theme, in English or French, as well as for academic posters. Graduate student participation is specifically encouraged. Proposals of not more than 300 words and a CV should be sent by email to Joerg Esleben by the submission deadline of 1 December 2016.