Radicals, Dissenters & Non-Conformists in the Reformation
The 19th Annual Conference of the Society for Reformation Studies
Westminster College, Cambridge April 11-13, 2012
Keynote Speakers: Prof. Gerald Hobbs (Vancouver), Dr Sarah Mortimer (Oxford) and Prof. Bernard Roussel (Sorbonne)
The Judaeo-Christian tradition has consistently lauded its prophets over its priests and kings, and has often equated sanctity with stubborn refusal to conform. Little wonder that the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries saw a proliferation of dissent. Indeed, the Protestant Reformation itself can be regarded as the most successful act of religious disobedience in Christian history. Like all revolutions, however, the Reformation soon established its own norms and authorities, which were challenged equally swiftly in their turn by those eager to reform the Reformation. Reformation and radicalism are therefore inextricably linked, and an appropriate theme for our 19th annual conference.
We invite papers (25 minutes maximum) addressing different aspects of this rich and varied theme. What common features does Reformation radicalism evince? Can patterns of dissent be detected across temporal and geographical boundaries? What biblical hermeneutic, view of church history, or social vision motivated individual radicals? Was the contribution of women radicals as great as is sometimes supposed? How did magisterial reformers reconcile their attitude to radicals with their own status as radicals in the eyes of Catholics?
These and many other questions are raised by the theme of Radicals, Dissenters and Non-Conformists in the Reformation.
Leading us in the consideration of these issues will be Gerald Hobbs (Vancouver) who will speak on “Resistance to the Reformed Quest for Conformity in Biblical Interpretation,” Sarah Mortimer (Oxford), who will consider “Socininianism: radical heterodoxy and conservative politics?” and Bernard Roussel (Sorbonne), who will discuss “Reformation at the risk of ‘non-conformity’, France 1557-1572”.
As always, papers which reflect the current work of participants, regardless of their relevance to the theme, are very welcome.
Contact: For information on submitting a paper proposal and/or attending the conference please email Dr Aaron Clay Denlinger (email@example.com) or Dr Charlotte Methuen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Booking form: (currently in pdf only) can be downloaded here.