Conference - Globalizing the Protestant Reformations

Conference - Globalizing the Protestant Reformations
Dec 08 - 09 , 2017

Friday–Saturday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

This conference investigates the nature and significance of the Protestant Reformation as a global phenomenon. Leading scholars from Europe and the United States will offer fresh perspectives on the dynamics of religious change by examining the roles of institutions, interpretative communities, and communications media in advancing the globalization of the Protestant faith. $25. Register online. Rothenberg Hall


Conference Schedule



8:30 a.m. - Registration & Coffee


9:30 a.m. - Welcome: Steve Hindle (The Huntington)

Remarks: Ulinka Rublack (Cambridge University)


Session 1: Re-shaping Society

Moderator: James Van Horn Melton (Emory University)


Carla Gardina Pestana (University of California, Los Angeles)

“Reworking the Reformation in the Early English Atlantic”


David Hall (Harvard Divinity School)

“Piety, Practice, and Social Experience: The ‘Practical Divinity’ and its Local Contexts”


12:00 p.m. - Lunch


1:00 p.m. - Session 2: Translating Culture and Belief

Moderator: Ulinka Rublack


Anthony Grafton (Princeton University)

“Learned Reading in the English Colonies: How Humanist Practices Crossed the Atlantic”


Neil Kamil (University of Texas, Austin)

“Portable Lives: Reformed Artisans and Refined Materials in the Refugee Atlantic”


3:00 p.m. - Break


3:15 p.m. - Session 3: Calvinist Encounters

Moderator: Jacqueline Van Gent (University of Western Australia)


Susanna Burghartz (University of Basel)

“Market and Confession: The Global Project of the de Bry Family”


Charles Parker (St. Louis University)

“‘Better the Turk than the Pope?’: Calvinist Engagement with Islam in Southeast Asia”




9:00 a.m. - Registration & Coffee


9:30 a.m. - Session 4: Lutheran and Pietist Encounters

Moderator: Vanessa Wilkie (The Huntington)


Renate Dürr (University of Tübingen)

“Global Lutheranism: Debates and Encounters in Early Modern Germany”


James Van Horn Melton

“Calculating Encounters on the Southern Colonial Frontier: The Pietist Encounter with Non-Christians, 1734-1765”


11:30 a.m. - Lunch and time to view exhibition, “The Reformation: From the Word to the World”


1:00 p.m. - Session 5: Global Reformations in India

Moderator: Susanna Burghartz


Ulrike Gleixner (Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel)

“Globalizing the Reformation through Millenarian Practices”


Jacqueline Van Gent

“Protestant Global Missions and the Emotions”


3:00 p.m. - Break


3:15 p.m. - Session 6: Macro- and Micro-Histories of Gender and Belief

Moderator: Charles Parker


Merry Wiesner-Hanks (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

“New Perspectives on Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World”


Jon Sensbach (University of Florida)

“The Sacred World of Mary Prince”


5:15 p.m. - Concluding Discussion

Ulinka Rublack

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