Call for Papers: Special Issue of Chrétiens et Sociétés xvie – xxie on the perceptions of Martin Luther and the Reformation over time

Paper for Chrétiens et Sociétés XVIe-XXIe siècles

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This event will be particularly celebrated in the Lutheran countries, but also more widely in those where the Reformation played a role in their history.

The anniversary of the Reformation was already often celebrated. Beside the Reformation Feasts that were celebrated in the Lutheran churches on the 31th October, the centenaries of the Reformation (1617, 1717, 1817, 1917), if not the 150-year anniversaries (1567, 1667, 1767, 1867, 1967), have allowed events in numerous countries; they showed how the Lutheran churches and the countries wanted to present Luther.

The purpose of this issue is to examine and to understand the changes through time (from 16th to 20th century) and space. We want also to think about the continuities and about the impact of events, particularly in 1917, in the fratricidal struggle of the 1st World War.

The journal Chrétiens et Sociétés xvie – xxie siècles would like to study this history of the perceptions of Luther and the Reformation from these commemorations. It will publish a special issue on it in the end of 2016. The aim is to look at and to understand the variations over time, from the 16th to the 20th century, in the European and American areas. We have to think about the permanences

The Call for Paper is opened to researchers of various European or American countries who are interested in the topic. The papers will be published in French, English, German or Italian. They must have a maximum of 55.000 characters (footnotes included). They will be peer reviewed. We will have a special attention to the papers that focus on relatively little known countries by academic research in France.   

Papers must be sent before December 2015 to: