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Global Reformations 2017

September 28, 2017 at 9:00 am - September 30, 2017 at 5:00 pm

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Global Reformations

28-30 September 2017
Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
Victoria College, University of Toronto (Canada)

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Conference Attendance Optional Special Events
Conference rate covers breakfasts, lunches, receptions, and refreshments. Please indicate interest during registration. Space limited. Wait list available. 
Conference Regular Rate (Effective August 1) – $135

Conference Reduced* Rate (Effective August 1) – $55

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) Tours (Thursday September 28, Time: 3:30pm to 5:00pm — Free): Tours of the Wirth Gallery of the Middle East with a focus on Islamic art with Lisa Golombek (30 minutes) and the Chinese galleries with Jane Liu (30 minutes). Meeting point: ROM staff entrance (south side of the ROM building next to planetarium). Special offer: From 27 September to 2 October, receive a 20% discount on entrance fees upon showing conference badge.
Single Day Ticket for Thursday, Friday, or Saturday (Available August 1) – $50 per day Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) Tour (Thursday September 28, Time: 3:30pm to 5:00pm — Free): Tour given by AGO curators Sasha Suda and Alexa Greist, of the highlights of the European collection, a special viewing of selected prints and drawings (five original Albrecht Dürer works), and highlights of the Thompson Collection including some of the Boxwood Carved Devotional Beads and a mini Boxwood portable altar.
 * Reduced rates for students, independent scholars, adjunct instructors, part-time instructors, and non-salaried individuals.  Sainte-Marie among the Hurons Day Trip (Sunday October 1, Time: TBC — $56): Sainte-Marie among the Hurons was a French Jesuit settlement in Wendake, the land of the Wendat, near modern Midland, Ontario, from 1639 to 1649. 2-hour drive from Toronto.


About Global Reformations 2017
This 3-day international conference at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (Victoria College, University of Toronto) will be the core activity within a sustained, comparative, and interdisciplinary exploration of religious transformations across the early modern world.

It will be the largest in Canada of an international series of conferences marking the 500th anniversary of the event that triggered the period known as “The Reformation.” It differs from these others in that it interrogates received interpretations of the Reformation movement as solely a European Christian phenomenon, and explores it instead through cross-cultural and interfaith dynamics. In a year when many narrow Eurocentric paradigms of the Reformation are being spread in popular media, we are also aiming to stimulate a broader public questioning of the received interpretation of the Reformation and of the historical forms of cross-cultural and interfaith dynamics.

The early modern world saw a great increase in contacts between religious traditions and their believers, and many of these early encounters continue to shape modern interfaith relations. We are gathering senior and younger scholars who will be exploring global developments and tracking the many ways in which Reformation movements broadly defined shaped relations of Christians with other Christians, and also with Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, aboriginal groups, and animistic religions.

Many early modern encounters were fraught with the tensions of alterity, and all generated new forms of accommodation, exclusion, communication, exchange, and transformation. Our multi-faceted project will explore the resulting cultural, historical, art historical, literary, and intellectual disruptions and convergences. We will also be exploring how various religious traditions, particularly Islam and Judaism, were shaped both by inner dynamics and cross-cultural tensions, and how these in turn influenced developments in European Christian communities.

Our conference, working groups, pedagogical activities, public cultural events, and publications will explore and demonstrate how interfaith and cross-confessional encounters shifted under the impact of the religio-political changes that swept rapidly across the globe from the fifteenth into the eighteenth centuries.

We will probe the inter-actions that developed across confessional lines, and the unanticipated consequences that worked back and forth across the globe in from the religious schisms in Europe. These activities will therefore sustain research collaboration and a series of platforms by which resources can be made available to scholars and a broader public.


Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies
Canada Research Chair in Southeast Asian History
Centre for Comparative Literature
Centre for Medieval Studies
Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
Department of English
Department of History
Department of Italian Studies
Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Institute of Islamic Studies
Knox College
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium
University of St. Michael’s College
Victoria College


Nicholas Terpstra

Natalie Oeltjen


September 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am
September 30, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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