Workshops and Conferences

This year the Institute will host two workshops:

Thursday 4th- Friday 5th February, on music and religious reform in early modern Europe, with Professor Alex Fisher of The University of British Columbia Contact Dr Bridget Heal for details.

Thursday 28th-Friday 29th April, on strategy in early modern Europe, with Professor Geoffrey Parker of Ohio State University Contact Professor Guy Rowlands, for details.

The next RefoRC conference will take place in Copenhagen, 25th-28th May 2016. The theme of the plenary papers will be ‘Church’ at the time of the Reformation.

‘Hair & History: Early Modern Material Culture and the Body in Reformation Germany’ (Workshop, University of Cambridge, 6th June 2016):

The annual conference of the German History Society will take place from will take place from 8th-10th September 2016 in Newcastle. Details will be available here:

On 1st November 2014 the Institute hosted a workshop in honour of Professor Tom Scott. The main focus of the workshop was Reformation radicalism: its terminology; its political, cultural and theological implications; the patterns if its dissemination across Europe. It also explored complementary themes that reflect Tom's broader interests: Tom Brady spoke on 'The Three Luthers of German Marxism' and Ben Pope (Durham), Hannah Murphy (Oxford) and Martin Christ (Oxford) presented new research on aspects of urban culture in the Empire. We are very grateful to all who attended and made the event such a success.

On March 7th and 8th the Institute hosted a workshop on “Art and Religious Reform in Northern Europe, 1500-1650”, funded by the British Academy. The workshop explored the ways in which the creation of distinct confessional cultures shaped the production and reception of images in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century northern Europe. Participants included: Lyndal Roper (Oxford), Jennifer Spinks (Manchester), Bridget Heal (St Andrews), Andrew Morrall (Bard Graduate Centre, NYC), Sergiusz Michalski (Tübingen), Amy Powell (University of California, Irvine) and Mia Mochizuki (Santa Clara University).

The Institute hosted its second workshop on ‘Sermon Reception in Early Modern Europe in June 2012. The workshop was one of a series, funded by the British Academy, which seeks to answer that question and investigate how sermons contributed to growing religious differences across continental Europe. The 2012 workshop focused on Italy. For information about upcoming workshops in the series, please contact Emily Michelson (

To mark the 600th anniversary of the foundation of St Andrews University, the School of History and the Institute of Scottish Historical Research joined with the International Commission for the History of Universities to host an international conference on the theme of 'Function, form and funding: What are universities for – and who should pay for them?'  Highlights included plenary lectures by Roger Mason and Steven Reid on the Scottish universities in the Renaissance and Reformation periods, a range of papers on the universities of late medieval and early modern Europe, and a critique by Howard Hotson of current trends towards the marketization of university education. A rich and stimulating event all round.