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CFP: 8th Annual RefoRC Conference, Warsaw, 24-26 May 2018

We are pleased to inform you that the Eighth Annual RefoRC Conference will be hosted by our Faculty and will take place May 24-26, 2018.

To submit paper proposal and register click image below. Below you will find further information, which can also be found at the Refo500/RefoRC website, which shall serve as the main source of conference updates.

Theme of Plenary Lectures: Reformation and Education

The Reformation was closely tied to the renovation of educational models from its very beginning. By questioning the model of the medieval university and establishing new pedagogical solutions, early modern scholars and teachers shaped subsequent generations of clergy and laity, enabling them to work for their local communities and engage in the public sphere. Often these educational agendas went well beyond changes in curricula and were oriented towards much deeper goals, such as the shaping of confessional identity or the achieving of universal religious peace through the advancement of learning. As one of the leading research and educational institutions in Poland and East-Central Europe, the University of Warsaw is the perfect venue to ask further questions about the complex relations between early modern religious and pedagogical reforms. The plenary papers will offer a multi-faceted approach to this topic and will be accompanied by a series of short papers discussing all kinds of subjects related to the history of the Reformation. The aim of the conference is thus to broaden and contextualize the intersections between religious and educational reform.

Short Papers, Panels, and General Attendance

The conference is open to individual short paper presentations (20-minute presentations) and to thematic sessions of two or three short papers. While we encourage papers on the conference theme, papers can also focus on all disciplines related to the sixteenth-century Reformations, such as philosophy, law, history, theology, etc., independent of the theme of the plenary papers.
Short paper proposals are welcome via the registration form before March 1, 2018. It is also possible to attend the conference without giving a paper.

Short Paper Submission

Short paper proposals (max. 2000 characters including white spaces) can be submitted via the online registration form before March 1, 2018. You will be informed of whether your proposal has been accepted via email within two weeks after your submission.


Registration becomes effective on receipt of payment of the registration fee. Registration closes on May 23, 2018.


The language of the conference is English, but papers in French and German will be welcomed. Presenters who prefer to give their paper in French or German are invited to provide the audience with an English summary of about 150-200 words.


See here for the flyer.

Conference Proceedings

The conference volume will be published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht in the series Refo500 Academic Studies (R5AS) and will contain all the plenary papers and a selection of short papers. Another publication venue is the Journal of Early Modern Christianity (JEMC).

Manuscripts for the conference volume can be submitted to the editors (contact info will follow). All other manuscripts can be submitted to Tarald Rasmussen. Editors will decide on publication.

Visual: © Gdańsk Digital Library

The Tree of Knowledge – seminar schedule

We are pleased to announce the programme of our next event, a work-in-progress seminar on knowledge and structure of sciences and arts in late medieval and early modern thought. The seminar is organized by Dr Simon Burton and Dr Michał Choptiany, both of whom are postdoctoral fellows and assistant professors at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”. All inquiries regarding the seminar should be sent to the following email address: arborscientiarum2015[AT]gmail.com.

The Tree of Knowledge: Theories of Sciences and Arts in Central Europe, 1400-1700

Faculty of “Artes Liberales” | University of Warsaw

28–29 May 2015

 Preliminary schedule


Thursday | 28 May

I. Morning session

Venue: Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Nowy Świat 69, staircase B, 4th floor, conference room

10:00–10:15 Official welcome

10:15–11:45 Panel 1: Space, Objects and Production of Knowledge

Chair: Simon Burton (University of Warsaw)

Susanne Beiweis (University of Vienna), Magical objects as instrument of knowledge in Marsilio Ficinoʼs De vita

Yanan Qizhi (Pennsylvania State University), Spectacular Knowledge: the Use of Theatrical Spaces in Early Modern Kunstkammer

11:45–12:15 Coffee break

12:15–13:45 Panel 2: On the Concept of Method

Chair: Wojciech Ryczek (Jagiellonian University, Kraków)

Sandra Bihlmaier (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Melanchthon´s concept of method and its conversion to Ramism: a late sixteenth century endeavor

Daniel Heider (University of South Bohemia), The Notitia Intuitiva and Notitia Abstractiva of the External Senses in Second Scholasticism: Suárez, Poinsot and Francisco de Oviedo

13:45–15:00 Lunch break


II. Afternoon session

Venue: Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Dobra 72, floor -1, conference room


15:00–16:30 Panel 3: Between Ramism and Anti-Ramism: Bartholomaeus Keckermann and his Thought

Chair: Michał Choptiany (University of Warsaw)

Stefan Heßbrüggen (Higher School of Economics, Moscow), Keckermann on Studying History Philosophically

Wojciech Ryczek (Jagiellonian University, Kraków), Speaking freely: Keckermann on figure/idea of parrhesia

16:30–17:00 Coffee break

17:00–18:30 Panel 4: Theories of Knowledge in Practice

Chair: Stefan Heßbrüggen (Higher School of Economics, Moscow)

Lucie Storchová (Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague), Paginarius for School Needs: Reception of Ramism at the University of Prague after 1600

Michał Choptiany (University of Warsaw), Danzig readers of Ramus and Ramists: Keckermann & Co.


Friday | 29 May

III. Morning session

Venue: Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Nowy Świat 69, staircase B, 4th floor, conference room


9:00–10:30 Panel 5: Method and Epistemology

Chair: Susanne Beiweis (University of Vienna)

Matthias Mangold (Evangelical Theological Faculty, Leuven), Lux et testimonium Dei in hominis mente: The concept of conscience and its formative role in the Cartesian epistemology of Johannes Braun (1628-1708)

Andrea Strazzoni (Erasmus University, Rotterdam), The Hidden Presence of Ramism in Early Modern Dutch Philosophy

10:30–11:00 Coffee break

11:00–13:00 Panel 6: Method and metaphysics – a longue durée?

Chair: Daniel Heider (University of South Bohemia)

Simon Burton (University of Warsaw), Scholastic Realism and the Transcendentals: The Influence of Julius Caesar Scaliger on Early Modern Ramism

Audrey Borowski (University College London), Leibniz’s Mathematico-Ontological method: transfiguring the infinite into the finite

Hayo Siemsen (University of Applied Sciences, Saarbrücken), The long-term empirical relevance of Ramus’ ideas: Comenius, Mach and genetic education

13:00–14:00 Roundtable discussion

Chairs: Simon Burton & Michał Choptiany

“Ye shall know them by their fruits”: Research Perspectives on Medieval and Early Modern Sciences and Arts