RMM Conference – program

International RefoRC Colloquium

Reformed Majorities and Minorities:
Confessional Boundaries and Contested Identities

Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw
in cooperation with the Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek, Emden

Warsaw, 22–24 September 2014

Faculty of “Artes Liberales” building, Dobra 72 street, conference room (level –1)

Day 1: Early Modern Confessional Identities

22 September

18:00-18:15 Opening remarks (Karla Apperloo, J.M.J. Lange van Ravenswaay, Piotr Wilczek)
18:15–19:15 Keynote lecture
Chair: Piotr Wilczek
Jakub Koryl (Jagiellonian University, Cracow), Sources of Collectivity: Mythical Groundwork of Early Modern Identities
19:00–1915: Discussion
19:45-22:00 Dinner

Day 2: Mapping the Boundaries of the Reformed World
23 September

9:30–10:30 Keynote lecture
Chair: Michał Choptiany
Piotr Wilczek (University of Warsaw), The Polish Reception of John Calvin’s Works in the Context of the History of Christianity in Poland
10:15–10:30 Discussion

10:30–11:30 Session 1. Alternative Reformed Identities: The Case of the Spanish Reformation
Chair: Joanna Partyka
Christopher Matthews (Southern California Seminary, San Diego & Al Ándalus Theological Seminary, Sevilla), A Reformed Hiding Place in Sixteenth-Century Seville. The Significance of the Monastery of St. Isidore
Projection: A movie on Juan de Valdés and alumbrados (with David Estrada, Frances Luttikhuizen, María Martín Gómez and José Moreno)
11:15–11:30 Discussion

11:30–12:00 Coffee break

12:00–13:30 Session 2. Transcending Difference
Chair: Leon van den Broeke
Gábor Ittzés (Károli Gáspár University, Budapest), From Bullinger to Specker and Garcaeus: The Reformed Origins of the Lutheran Doctrine of the Immortality of the Soul in the Sixteenth Century
Simon Burton (University of Warsaw), From Minority Discourse to Universal Method: Polish Chapters in the Evolution of Ramism
Michał Choptiany (University of Warsaw), Comets, Letters and Confessions: The Culture of Interconfessional Scholarly Dispute in Stanisław Lubieniecki’s Theatrum cometicum
12:50–13:30 Discussion


13:30–14:30 Lunch break

14:30–15:30 Session 3. Majority/Minority Dialectics
Chair: Paweł Rutkowski
Felicita Tramontana (Università degli Studi di Palermo), An Unusual Setting: Catholics Meeting Protestants in the Ottoman Middle East
Barbara A. Kaminska (University of California, Santa Barbara), Religious Minority between Triumph and Persecution: Frans Hogenberg’s Hedge-preaching outside Antwerp and the Flemish Community in Cologne
15:10–15:30 Discussion

15:30–16:30 Session 4. Contested Reformed Identities: Between Reform and Radical Reform
Chair: Maximilian Scholz
Alessandra Celati (Università di Pisa), A Peculiar Reformed Minority: Italian Protestant Physicians between Religious Propaganda, Inquisition Repression and Freedom of Thought
Jan-Andrea Bernhard-Schmid (Universität Zürich), Die italienische Fremdengemeinde in Pińczów bei Krakau: Wiederentdeckte und unbekannte Schriften aus Zürcher Archiven
16:10–16:30 Discussion

16:30–17:00 Coffee break

17:00–19:00 Session 5. Beyond the Reformed Pale: Quakers and Socinians
Chair: Michał Choptiany
Borbála Lovas (MTA-ELTE HECE), Catholics or Calvinists? The Target of Enyedi’s Unitarian Sermons in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Transylvania
Magdalena Luszczynska (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Inter-Faith Disputation, Christian Hebraism, and a Leadership Campaign: The Multidimensional Character of Marcin Czechowic’s Anti-Jewish Polemics
Paweł Rutkowski (University of Warsaw), Witches, Frogs and Papists: Representing Quakers in Seventeenth-Century England
Gizella Keserű (University of Szeged), The Limits of Brotherly Cooperation. Polish Brethren and Transylvanian Unitarians in the Seventeenth Century
18:20–19:00 Discussion

19:30-22:00 Dinner


Day 3: Reformed Majorities and Minorities in a Political, Social and Intellectual Context
24 September

9:30–11:00 Session 6: Civic Life
Chair: Gábor Ittzés
Maximilian Scholz (Yale University), Reformed Survival in Frankfurt am Main, 1555–1618
Mihály Balázs (University of Szeged), Aus der Mehrheit in die Minderheit. Der Weg des siebenbürgischen Antitrinitarismus im 16-17. Jahrhundert
Marta Małkus (Museum of the Wschowa Land), Katholiken in lutheranischer Stadt. Der Fall Wschowas (Fraustadts) in der frühen Neuzeit
10:30–11:00 Discussion

11:00–11:30 Coffee break

11:30–12:30 Session 7: Social Experience and Social Codes
Chair: Barbara Kaminska
Oana-Valentina Sorescu-Iudean (Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien & Universität Regensburg), Will-Witnessing and Confessionalization in Eighteenth-Century Transylvania: A Study of Last Wills and Testaments from Sibiu (Hermannstadt)
Joanna Partyka (University of Warsaw), English Protestants and Women’s Freedom to Write
12:10–12:30 Discussion


12:30–13:30 Session 8: (Re)asserting Reformed Identity
Chair: Simon Burton
Dariusz Bryćko (Tolle Lege Institute, Columbia, SC), ‘Greeted by the Spirit of Christian Philanthropy’: William B. Sprague on Behalf of the Nineteenth-Century Polish Exiles in Albany, New York
Leon van den Broeke (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), The Walloon Church in the Northern Netherlands: Reformed Minority within the Reformed Majority
13:10–13:30 Discussion

13:30–14:30 Closing remarks and roundtable discussion

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