Reformation and everyday life

Reformation and everyday life


Reformation and everyday life

Aarhus University, May 30 – June 1, 2021


The European reformations meant major changes in theology, religion, and everyday life. Some changes were immediate and visible in a number of countries: monasteries were dissolved, new liturgies were introduced, and married pastors were ordained, other more hidden. Theologically, as well as practically the position of the church in the society changed dramatically, but differently according to confession and political differences.

The influences of the theological, liturgical and organizational changes on everyday life have been studied from various perspectives, but often focusing on social disciplining, political levels and similarities across Europe more than differences between confessions. New theoretical positions within various fields as well as strong interdisciplinary approaches have made it timely to revisit the large questions of how the changes brought by the reformation within all confessional cultures throughout Europe influenced the everyday life of ordinary people within the church and within society.

The aim of this conference is to discuss how lived religion and everyday life and space were formed in the aftermath of the reformation, and how we can trace changes in material culture, in emotions, in social structures, in culture, which may be linked to the reformation and the development of confessional cultures.


Conference and corona/Covid-19

Planning conferences these days is difficult. In case of corona-restrictions, we may need to limit the number of participants. In that case, we will prioritize participants with paper presentations. In case of a lock down, the conference will switch to online-mode. In that case, the conference will offer a refund of the registration fee, minus a smaller fee for online participation (DKK 150/€ 20).



Nina Javette Koefoed

Bo Kristian Holm


Conference secretary:

Bjarke Hellemann Weiss



Contact information:


Aarhus University

Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3

DK – 8000 Aarhus C




The conference is funded by