CALL FOR PAPERS: Society for Reformation Research Sessions at the 54th Medieval Congress, May 9-12, 2019
Twenty minute papers on the Long Reformation Cross disciplinary, cross cultural, and multimedia papers, as well as papers in history, literature and the arts are welcome for the following proposed sessions:
Reformation I Reformation Strategies: History, Biography, Polemic
Reformation II Cross Cultural Connections in the Reformation
Reformation III Reformation(s) across the Disciplines
Reformation IV Politics, Dissonance, and Resistance in the Long Reformation
Send 200 Word Abstracts to
Maureen Thum Ph.D.
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DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: AUGUST 10, 2018
EXPANDED DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED THEMES SRR AT
THE 54TH MEDIEVAL CONGRESS, MAY 9-12 2019
While the Society for Reformation Research sessions may at first glance appear to be an anomaly within the Medieval Congress, expanding understanding and critical evaluations of the Long Reformation(s) recognize important connections both before and after the more narrowly conceived concept of the Reformation as focusing primarily on the sixteenth century.
The concept of the Long Reformation recognizes not only that there are many Reformations across cultures but that the Reformation finds its roots in medieval thought and developing heterdoxies that begin as early as the Lollards whose leading figure, John Wycliffe, was dismissed from Oxford University in 1381 for criticizing the Church. The Long Reformation also includes other heterodox figures and movements which gathered force during the Middle Ages and continued to develop through the sixteenth century and beyond. This year’s four proposed sessions range across the disciplines, across cultural boundaries, and across the boundaries that have traditionally separated medieval studies from Reformation Research on the one hand, and Early Modern Studies from the traditionally more narrowly defined view of the Reformation on the other
We welcome papers focusing cross disciplinary, cross cultural, and multimedia topics. Papers have ranged in the past from historical and literary studies involving Reformation(s) in different areas of Europe and the America, to multi-media studies and studies in the arts including architecture, art, film, and theatre as well as studies in gender and women’s roles. .
Reformation I Reformation Strategies: History, Biography, Polemic. Scholarship in the past few decades has emphasized strategies used by Reformers not only to record, but also to appeal to and captivate both the lettered and unlettered audiences of Europe and England. The third session features papers which provide a record of the polemical stances of Reformers while exploring the many strategies used to render this record compelling in Pre-Reformation, Reformation, and Post Reformation discourse.
Reformation II: Cross cultural Connections in the Reformation Despite the fact that Martin Luther is recognized as its founding father, the Reformation was not limited to one place or one culture. Papers in this session focus on the intersection of different cultures in the Reformation.
Reformation III Reformation(s) across the Disciplines: Scholarship in recent decades has emphasized the cross-disciplinary nature of the Reformation as it emerged in literature, art, architecture, and other media, as well as in genres such as the diatribe, the sermon, and the polemical tract. This session emphasizes interdisciplinarity in the Reformation.
Reformation Discourse IV: Politics, Dissonance, and Resistance in the Long Reformation: The Reformation was revolutionary, involving polemical battles between the heterodox and the orthodox that could be traced to pre-Reformation writers and leaders and which continued to be evidenced in post-Reformation literary texts and tracts. This session focuses on acts of dissonance and resistance which find their roots in medieval culture and which may be found well beyond the sixteenth century age of Reform.