Reformation and Remembrance

Reformation and Remembrance

A Symposium


October 20 and 21, 2017

Thompson Library, Room 202 (PDF icon map.pdf)

The Ohio State University

Reformation and Remembrance is a two-day symposium exploring practices of, repositories for, and revisions to religious memory on the quincentenary of a seminal moment in Reformation history, Martin Luther's nailing of his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenburg church in 1517. The symposium brings together a group of world-class scholars to consider the important roles of memory and remembrance in Reformation religious culture, from artistic representation to material production to life-writing.
In addition to paper presentations and roundtable discussions, the symposium also coincides with the University’s Rare Books & Manuscripts Library’s exhibition, “Publish or Perish,” highlighting the important role the technology of print played during the Reformation. Participants will have an opportunity to tour the exhibit and interact with some of the Library’s original Reformation-era holdings.

Finally, the symposium features one of the speakers in our 2017-2018 lecture series, Alexandra Walsham (University of Cambridge).

This event is free and open to the public.

We thank our co-sponsors for their support:

The Center for the Study of Religion
The Department of English
The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
The Department of History
The Department of History of Art


Schedule of Events


 FRIDAY (10/20)

• 9:00 a.m


Coffee and Pastries


• 9:20 a.m. 


Introductory Remarks by Chris Highley, CMRS Interim Director, OSU English


• 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  


Session 1:


Remembering Eve in Martin Luther's Theological Imagination (Abstract.pdf )

 Kirsi Stjerna, Pacific Lutheran Seminary (Bio)


  • Introduction by David Brakke (Department of History)


Nostalgia for the Early Church in 17th Century Controversial Theology 

(PDF icon Abstract.pdf)

Ralph Keen, University of Illinois at Chicago (PDF icon Bio.pdf)


  • Introduction by Luke Wilson (Department of English)


• 11:30 a.m. 


Visit to the Reformation Rare Books Exhibit 


Presented by Eric Johnson,
Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts
Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room
Thompson Library Room 105



• 12:30


Lunch for symposium speakers and graduate students

Room 204 (advance sign-up required)



• 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 


Session 2:


"Stilled Lives, Still Lives: Reformation Memorial Focus" (PDF icon Abstract.pdf)

James Simpson, Harvard University (PDF icon Bio.pdf)


  • Introduction by Hannibal Hamlin (Department of English)


"Remember the Ladies! Women in Words and Images in Histories of the Reformation" (PDF icon Abstract.pdf)

Merry Wiesner-Hanks, University of Wisconsin at Madison (PDF icon Bio.pdf)


  • Introduction by Tryntje Helfferich (Department of History - Lima Campus)


• 3:30 p.m  




• 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.


 Session 3: CMRS Lecture


"Recycling the Sacred: Material Culture and Cultural Memory in Post-Reformation England" (PDF icon Abstract.pdf)

Alexandra Walsham, University of Cambridge (PDF icon Bio.pdf)


Introduction by Chris Highley (CMRS Interim Director, Department of English)


• 4:45 p.m  


Q & A session


SATURDAY (10/21)


• 8:30 a.m


Coffee and Pastries


• 9:00 -11:00 a.m


Round Table Discussion with Professors Keen, Simpson, Stjerna, Walsham and Wiesner-Hanks