Society for Reformation Studies, 24th Annual Conference, 4-6 April 2017

Luther Abroad – Luther Received, University of Hull, 4-6 April 2017

2017 marks the five-hundredth anniversary of Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses, and the beginning of Reformation in Europe.  Hull, UK City of Culture in 2017, was the site of the first trials for Lutheran heresy to take place in England.   In recognition of these two events, 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 (25 minutes’ maximum) 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 consider the circulation and dissemination of Luther’s writings, or of the image of Luther himself.  Equally, they might explore 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.

Registration is either via Eventbrite (; card fees apply) or by booking form and cheque/bank transfer (see srs-2017-booking-form).

For further information, or to propose a paper, please contact:

For more information on travel to Hull see: srs-2017-cfp-final

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