The Reformation 500 Conference will be held in Hamilton, New Zealand, at the Meteor Theatre and St Peter’s Cathedral from 29 – 31 October 2017.

The 1517 Reformation was arguably one of the major game changers in Western and World History and has had huge implications also in the South Pacific. The Reformation had an impact on much human activity and thought.

We, a group of New Zealand-based scholars and artists with a keen interest in the intersection between religion and society, are planning to take a closer look at the Reformation and its legacies.

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the 1517 Reformation we are organizing a series of workshops, presentations, exhibitions and other events with a view to exploring the nature and impact of the Reformation on our communities. Our intention is that this exploration will accommodate a broad and inclusive range of contributions.

Being ourselves of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds, we are encouraging a wide spectrum of participations. Our hope is that we will engage in a dialogical process that enriches our understanding of the ongoing significance of (re-)formative ideas and practices in religion and society.

Most planned events will take place in October 2017; with the Reformation 500 conference being scheduled for 29 – 31 October 2017 at the Meteor Theatre and St Peter’s Cathedral in Hamilton.

We are inviting a wide range of contributions engaging with the Reformation, its historical repercussions, and contemporary implications. These contributions may include (but are not limited to) performances, the exhibition of art work and scholarly presentations.

Using the Hamilton Meteor Theatre and St Peter’s Anglican Cathedral as our main venues, we will organize the events under two headings.

Reformation and the Arts

We will create spaces for artistic presentation and discussion including concerts, exhibitions, performances and a poetry competition.

We encourage artists to engage with key ideas and social practices of the Reformation (e.g. ‘faith’, ‘grace’, ‘church’) but also with aspects of secularized forms of Reformation discourses such as ‘Protestant work ethic’, ‘welfare state’, ‘media society’, ‘freedom and conformity’.

For further information, please refer to the call for contributions: Reformation and the Arts.

Rethinking the Reformation

Here we call for more “traditional” academic presentations and colloquia which will take the form of round-table discussions, workshops and conference-style scholarly presentations on historical and contemporary aspects of the Reformation. These include theological, cultural and political aspects of the topic. We particularly encourage contributions with a contemporary and South Pacific focus.

For further information, please refer to the call for papers: Rethinking the Reformation.