The Protestant Reformation in a Context of Global History - LVIII Settimana di studio
From the moment when Max Weber sketched out his great scheme for the sociology of religion in a context of universal history, research conditions and methods have undergone a radical transformation. Monographic studies have given way differentiated research projects, international and interdisciplinary in character, developed in parallel by many specialists; Eurocentric studies, or those centred on Europe and North America, have been replaced or complemented by genuine global perspectives. The upcoming fifth centenary of the Reformation can also be viewed in this way, at least as regards the analysis of cause and effect in the appearance of Luther and of the reforms he set in motion. Whereas in earlier centuries the centennial celebrations of the Reformation aimed to define Protestant identity in relation to the German nation, or at the most within a European and North American perspective, the current celebrations/anniversary intend to open an interconfessional and interreligious dialogue in a context of global history. Only in this way can the specificity and the ‘memorability’ of 1517 be redefined, and the postulate of its ‘world impact’ be opportunely updated.
The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is an opportunity to confront Max Weber’s proposal. The aim is to elaborate responses that will also help to clarify the complex religious and political situation of our own day. During this two-day conference, experts on the major world religions – and on the world civilisations on which these religions have made their mark – will discuss the problems of religious history and of the sociology of religions such as are raised by the Reformation.
The Italian-German Historical Institute of Trent is the ideal setting for such an initiative, because of the influence of its genius loci, which invites a comparison between the Reformation of Wittenberg and the Tridentine Reform, and because of the geographical position of Trent as a channel of communication between the Romance and the Germanic areas of Europe.
Paolo POMBENI | Bologna
Heinz SCHILLING | Berlin
Silvana SEIDEL-MENCHI | Pisa
In collaboration with Massimo ROSPOCHER | Trent