Please join us on Friday, April 14, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm ET for Re-forming the history of the Reformation?. In this one-day colloquium, we will consider the recent achievements in the discipline of Reformation studies and explore pathways for future research. This event is being held in honor of the retirement of The Revd. Dr. Euan K Cameron, Henry Luce III Chair of Reformation Church History. Professor Cameron is the first and so far only holder of the Henry Luce III Chair of Reformation Church History, and will retire at the end of this academic year. RSVP to join in person.
Featured guest speakers include Kenneth G. Appold, James Hastings Nichols Professor of Reformation History at Princeton Theological Seminary; Bruce Gordon, Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Yale Divinity School, and Kirsten Macfarlane, Associate Professor in Early Modern Christianities at the University of Oxford.
Rev. Euan K. Cameron
Euan Cameron was educated at Eton and Oxford, where he graduated BA in History in the First Class in 1979 and received the D.Phil. in 1982. From 1979 to 1985 he was a junior research fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. In 1985 he moved to the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where he worked in the Department of History for 17 years, receiving promotions to Reader (1992) and full Professor (1997) and serving as Head of Department. He was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 1996/7. In 2002 he was appointed as the first Henry Luce III Professor of Reformation Church History at Union Theological Seminary in New York, with a concurrent appointment in the Department of Religion in Columbia University. From 2004 to 2010 he also served as Academic Vice-President in the seminary. During 2010/11, while on sabbatical leave, he held a fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford.
Cameron’s scholarly work analyses the role and transformations of religion in European society in the later Middle Ages and Reformation periods. His academic research first began in the area of religious dissent, especially the Waldensian heresy: he has published three books on that subject, The Reformation of the Heretics (1984), Waldenses: Rejections of Holy Church in Medieval Europe (2000) and A Companion to the Waldenses in the Middle Ages (2022) in collaboration with Professor Marina Benedetti of the University of Milan. Read more.
Kenneth G. Appold
Kenneth G. Appold is the James Hastings Nichols Professor of Reformation History at Princeton Theological Seminary. Appold earned his BA, MA, MPhil, and PhD from Yale University, and his Dr.theol.habil. from the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. Prior to coming to Princeton, he served as a research professor at the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France, and taught church history at the Johannes-Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany. His areas of interest include the history and legacy of the Reformation, the global history of Christianization, and the history of Christian ecumenism. He teaches courses on the Reformation in Europe, with particular focus on early Lutheranism, the Radical Reformation and the Catholic Reformation, the history of church-state relations, and the history of Christianization in the New World and East Asia. A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Appold has served as co-chair of the Lutheran-Pentecostal International Study Group and is a member of the Lutheran World Federation’s ecumenical dialogue with the Orthodox churches. His ongoing projects include co-editing (with Nelson H. Minnich) the Cambridge History of Reformation Theology, and writing a book on Luther and the Peasants. Read more.
A native of Canada, Bruce Gordon taught at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he was professor of modern history and deputy director of the St Andrews Reformation Studies Institute. He came to Yale in 2008. His research and teaching focus on European religious cultures of the late-medieval and early modern periods, with a particular interest in the Reformation and its reception. In 2021 he published The Oxford Handbook of Calvin and Calvinism (Oxford) and Huldrych Zwingli. God’s Armed Prophet (Yale). The biography of Zwingli explores the roots of the Reformation and the problematic relationship between religion and violence. His John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion (Princeton 2016) looks at the reception from the sixteenth century to the age of YouTube of one of the defining works of the Reformation. He is the author of Calvin (Yale, 2009), a biography of the Genevan reformer, and the Swiss Reformation (Manchester, 2002), a Choice Magazine “Outstanding Publication” (2003). Read more.
Professor Kirsten Macfarlane
I gained my BA, MSt and DPhil at the University of Oxford, Lincoln College, before taking up a Title A Research Fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge University in October 2017. In 2019 I returned to Oxford, where I am currently Associate Professor of Early Modern Christianities and Tutorial Fellow at Keble College. I have also held Visiting Fellowships at the Houghton Library, Harvard; the Massachusetts Historical Society; the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies; and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Read more.
9.30 a.m. Coffee and pastries available in the Chapel
10.00 a.m. Welcome
Revd. Dr. Serene Jones, President, Union Theological Seminary
10.10 a.m. Introductions
Revd. Dr. Euan Cameron, Henry Luce III Professor of Reformation Church History, Union Theological Seminary
10.20 a.m. “The Many Lives of the Early Modern Bible: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives.”
Dr Bruce Gordon, Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Yale University
11.35 a.m. Break
11.45 a.m. “Grocer, Draper, Skinner, Divine: Towards an Intellectual History of Lay Believers in Post-Reformation England and New England.”
Dr Kirsten Macfarlane, Associate Professor of Early Modern Christianities in the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford
1.00 p.m. Lunch
2.00 p.m. Panel Discussion with Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars in Reformation Studies
Host: Euan Cameron
Andreas Berger, University of Basel
Elizabeth Buckheit, Yale University
Michael Hammett, Columbia University
Colin Hoch, Yale University
Serena Strecker, Yale University
3.00 p.m. Break
3.30 p.m. “Is the Reformation Over?”
Dr Kenneth Appold, James Hastings Nichols Professor of Reformation History, Princeton Theological Seminary
4.45 p.m. Concluding Reflections and Looking Forward
5.20 p.m. Reception for all attendees in the Chapel