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Reformation 500: Ecumenical Perspectives

Thursday, 8 June 2017

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Professor Henrike Lähnemann, with the works of Jan Hus, in St Edmund Hall's Old Library
Professor Henrike Lähnemann, with the works of Jan Hus, in St Edmund Hall's Old Library

St Edmund Hall will host the annual conference of the Society for Ecumenical Studies on Saturday 17 June, in the Old Dining Hall.

This year’s theme ties in with 2017 being the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther publishing his 95 Theses – an event that has become known as the starting point of the Reformation. The conference aims to look at key issues of Reformation from a range of denominational perspectives in order to engage from a different angle in a fruitful area of ecumenical discussion.

St Edmund Hall’s Henrike Lähnemann (Fellow and Professor of Medieval German) is one of three keynote speakers. She is coordinating several Reformation-related projects in Oxford, concentrating on how singing and printing contributed to the impact of the Reformation. The other keynote speakers are John Milbank, Emeritus Research Professor of Religion, Politics and Ethics at the University of Nottingham, and Andrew Louth, Emeritus Professor of Patristic and Byzantine Studies at the University of Durham.

The full programme for the day can be found on the Taylorian Library’s Reformation 2017 blog.

You can find out more about St Edmund Hall’s connections to the Reformation by watching the talk below, on 'banned books' in the College library, given by Henrike at the College’s Research Expo earlier this year. In it she discusses an edition of the collected works of Jan Hus, held in our Old Library, written in the fifteenth century but first printed in 1558 together with letters of recommendation from Martin Luther.