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On the Peripheries of the Reformation: The View from Then and Now

On the Peripheries of the Reformation: The View from Then and Now
93 Charles Street West, Victoria College
Time: Oct 21st, 9:00 am End: Oct 22nd, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Political Science, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), Italian Studies (FAS), Humanities, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Classics (FAS), Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), 2000-
Interdisciplinary Conference

The Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at Victoria University presents

On the Peripheries of the Reformation: The View from Then and Now

October 21 at 8:00 am - October 22 at 5:00 pm

As we prepare to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of his 95 theses in October 1517, it may be useful to pause for a moment and consider two important questions: first, how were the historical and cultural events of the late fifteenth and very early sixteenth century defining the European world that would soon break apart along sectarian lines, and, second, how did writers, thinkers, and artists later in the century look back at that earlier world and culture. The years immediately preceding 1517 were richly marked by events/works that were to have a lasting impact on their times. In 1516, for example, the fifteen-year-old Charles von Habsburg was crowned king of Spain, Thomas More published his Utopia, Erasmus his Novum Testamentum and Ariosto his Orlando furioso, and the Venetians established the Ghetto. The previous year, 1515, the twenty-year-old Francis I was crowned king of France, Thomas Wolsey was named cardinal and then Chancellor of England, Martin Luther began to lecture on Paul's Letter to the Romans, Johannes Reuchlin established the first university chair of Greek in Germany, while across the ocean the Spaniard Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar founded the city of Havana. How did people later in the sixteenth century and early in the next see these events? How, for example, did Shakespeare see and depict pre-Reformation England in some of his historical plays? How did Montaigne, or Cervantes, or Caravaggio, or Monteverdi see the world before the Reformation?

This interdisciplinary conference seeks, therefore, to take the pulse of European history and culture in two different ways: from our perspective as early twenty-first-century scholars and from the perspective of late-sixteenth/early-seventeenth-century writers and artists. In so doing, the conferences seeks to cast its eyes on both the Old World and the New, Europe as well as in its African and Asian extensions, history as well as the arts, society as well as events.

Conference Organizers:
Prof. Elizabeth Cohen: ecohen@yorku.ca
Prof. Konrad Eisenbichler: konrad.eisenbichler@utoronto.ca

For further information, please contact either one of the conference organizers. Registration is required

See program at: http://www.itergateway.org/trrc

To submit a conference registration form please refer to this Conference registration form.

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