Program 2012 Conference

The second RefoRC Conference 2012 will be held in Oslo May 10-12, 2012 at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Oslo (UiO).

Shortpapers and general attendance

The conference is open to shortpaper presentations and thematic sessions with two or three papers on all aspects of the 16th century reformations, independent of the theme of the plenary papers. Attendance of the conference without giving a paper is encouraged also.


General communication is in English. Papers in other languages may be given only if they are accompanied by a printed summary in English.

Theme of plenary papers

The plenary papers of the second RefoRC conference will cover both Northern Protestant (mainly Lutheran and Reformed) and Southern (mainly Catholic) Europe, related to the question: What changes did the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Reform bring about in the individual and the collective dealings with death and the dead? Comparative perspectives and new research results will be presented.


Image: Tom Ring, Triumph of Death and Last Judgement, ca. 1555. Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Speakers plenary papers

• Volker Leppin (Tübingen): Preparing the death. From the Late Medieval ars moriendi to the Lutheran funeral sermon
• Helen Watanabe-OKelly (Oxford): Ruth, Judith and Artemisia. Models for the Early Modern Widow
• Peter Marshall (Warwick): After Purgatory Death and Remembrance in the Reformation World
• Vanessa Harding (London): Personal and Political: Burial in Early Modern England and France
• Herman Selderhuis (Apeldoorn/Emden): The dying Calvinist. Death in Early Reformed Theology
• Philipp Zitzlsperger (Berlin): Memoria in Rome. Tombs of elites in Early Modern Rome
• Tarald Rasmussen (Oslo): The Uses of Comparative Methods in Reformation History
• Martin Wangsgaard Jürgensen (Copenhagen): Spacing Death - Facing Death: Early modern death culture in Scandinavia

Thematic sessions

The second RefoRC conference offers also thematic sessions, such as:
• Reformation at the Museum? A round-table discussion on arts museums and the 2017 jubilee with participants from major European museums.
• Presenting ArtRefo. ArtRefo is the Refo500 section coordinating various international projects on visual arts, music and poetry.


Read here the PDF with the program (version 25.04.2012, final).

Place of the Conference

The conference will be held at the Faculty of Theology, Blindernveien 9, only a few minutes walk from the university campus.

Flyer 2012 Conference

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Your stay in Oslo

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Image above: VisitOslo, photo Giulio Bolognesi.


1 Reactions

30 November 2011, 10:55

Dr. marie Bourke, Keeper, National Gallery of Ireland, Clare Street, Dublin 2.

Many thanks for sending me information on the RefoRC Conference 2012, which i will circulate to colleagues within the museum sector. This year I published a book on 'The Story of Irish Museums 1790-2000', (Cork University Press) placing museums within an international context eg Europe and the USA. Would you be interested in a presentation that discusses the history of museums looking at how they are facing into the 21st century and the challenges of the future?