CFP: [Renaissance] SRR / SCSC joint sessions

full name / name of organization: 
Susan Boettcher


The Society for Reformation Research (SRR; see our website at is now accepting proposals for individual
papers and complete sessions for its joint sessions with the Sixteenth
Century Studies Conference (SCSC), to be held October 23-26, 2008 in St.
Louis (the full SCSC Call for papers is found below). We seek papers for a
general theme as well as a number of panels (described below). In line
with our mission to support instruction of Reformation history and
Reformation themes in other courses, we also solicit papers with a primary
focus on teaching (see below).

The SRR, a North-American scholarly organization and partner group to the
Verein fuer Reformationgeschichte, is concerned with the Protestant and
Catholic Reformations and all other aspects of religious life in the early
modern era. The SRR is also very interested in joint sponsorships with
groups and institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

If you would like to submit a paper or session for sponsorship by the SRR,
please contact Susan Boettcher by email only: The deadline for submissions in March 15,
2008, but earlier submissions will be accepted gratefully and receive
prompt consideration. Papers should not have been previously presented at
any other scholarly meeting nor have been published.


A generation ago, a central theme of Reformation Studies was the question
of the appeal of the Reformation: who found it attractive and why? This
question was reflected in studies about imperial cities in Germany, in
questions about the origins of the Reformation in England, even in
discussions about situations in places where the Reformation did not take
hold but created dissident minorities, as in Italy and Poland. The
question attracted the attention of scholars like Steven Ozment, Gerald
Strauss, Natalie Davis, Christopher Haigh, Robert Kingdon and others too
numerous to mention; it spawned dozens of local studies. One of its most
intriguing (and challenging) features was the question’s ability to
connect practitioners of different disciplines and contrast different
kinds of evidence.

Twenty years on, the SRR is interested in readdressing this question now
with all of the new research and new approaches at our disposal, from all
disciplinary and national perspectives. We would encourage thus encourage
papers that reassess this question from research projects that may not
necessarily have it as their major focus. Themes may include, but are not
limited to, the following themes: reassessments of the classic
formulations of the question; potential theological or emotional appeal of
certain evangelical positions; situations where the Reformation did not
appeal; empirical and comparative discussion of concrete local situations;
considerations of the rhetorical and visual appeals made to different
audiences; comparative weighing of group or class interest in the
Reformation; reasons for appeal rooted in intellectual history or
historical theology; the appeal of the Reformation as noted in ego-
documents; the role of religious appeals in context of other factors such
as politics or economics; strategies for helping our students today to
understand the appeal (or lack of appeal) of the Reformation.

--Individual Panels: These are panels separate from the main theme, some of
which are being organized by members of the SRR.

a. Papers are sought for a session on biconfessional situations and

b. Papers are sought for a session on Calvin, Geneva, and the Reformed

c. Papers are sought for one or more sessions on the Reformation in
Scandinavia. These papers could treat not only Iceland, Denmark, Norway,
Sweden, Finland, and the Baltic States, but also interactions and cultural
transfers between these areas and other regions of Europe. We welcome
papers that draw on current research as well as assessments of the status
of the field.

d. Papers are sought for a session on “Sources for Teaching the
Reformation.” These could include particular sources that participants
have found useful, as well as strategies for helping students to come to
terms with them.

---GENERAL CFPThe Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) is now acceptingproposals for individual papers and complete sessions for its annualconference, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown St. Louis,MO, 23-26 October 2008. The SCSC is an interdisciplinary scholarly societythat is interested in the early modern era (ca. 1450-1660), and itsgeographical scope is broadly defined. We also welcome roundtableproposals sponsored by scholarly societies that are affiliated with theSCSC.Proposals with abstracts (up to 200 words in length) for papers andsessions may be submitted on-line at: deadline for submitting paper proposals (using our on-line form,or by mail or email) is March 15th. More information about the SCSC isavailable at its general website: From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List more information at on Fri Jan 18 2008 - 09:50:45 EST