Call for Applications: Training school “The role of media in the rise of new religious movements in late medieval and early modern Europe”, Emden, 26.-28. June 2017

7th Training School COST Action IS1301

 Organisation & Aims

COST Action IS1301, studying „New Communities of Interpretation. Contexts, Strategies and Processes of Religious Transformation in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe“ is a research network uniting over 120 researchers from 25 European countries. To contribute to the creation of research networks within and outside academia, it furthers connections between experienced scholars, regional and national archives and libraries as well as the upcoming generations of researchers.

The COST Action is proud to present its seventh Training school on “The role of media in the rise of new religious movements in late medieval and early modern Europe” Under the influence of (biblical) Humanism a movement of religious renewal arises at the end of the fifteenth and the beginning of the sixteenth century. From a confessional point of view this movement is still rather unpronounced at that time. It is however clear that the Bible plays a central role as the most important source of personal faith. Within this movement there is ample room for (critical) reflection upon the message of christianity and the position of the church, but separation from the church is of no interest to the people yet. From the thirties on, groups begin to manifest themselves, in which, independently from the Church, Bible study and discussion of new ideas on central theological issues – such as the Eucharist – occupy an important place, displaying the first confessional diversification. In this development the printed media (text and image) have a crucial role, but the oral tradition (singing songs, preaching, conventicles) should not be underestimated. Repressive measures resulted in various religious migration flows, resulting in new concentrations of refugee communities. Within these communities – anabaptist, lutheran, reformed and catholic – a clear need existed for further shaping and development of own identity, to create and strenghten a distinct profile.

This Training School will present several examples of the role of media in shaping and developing identity of various young religious movements as well as of the catholic church in the sixteenth century. In the workshops and presentations of this Training School the original objects (manuscripts; books; etc) will have a prominent role. Also excursions and a field trip to Rysum (with a concert on one of the oldest, still working, organs of the world) are part of the programme.

The venue of the Training School is the Hochschule Emden-Leer, and the Johannes a Lasco Library in Emden.

Call for Applications: Closing 1 June, 2017!

The seventh Training School of the COST Action IS 1301 will be organized in cooperation with the Hochschule Emden-Leer, the Johannes a Lasco Library in Emden, and the Amsterdam Centre for the History and Heritage of Protestantism (ACHHP). Ten Ph.D. (or advanced M.A. candidates) can be offered the opportunity to participate in lectures and workshops during a three-day event. The participants will have also the opportunity to present their own research project and ponder its challenges together with their peers and the teachers of the TS. The three-day Training School will include lectures, workshops, and visits. Some of the lectures will be open for other (local) MA- and PhD-students as well, the presentations will be limited to just the ten TS participants. Immediately following the Training School, an international conference on “Exile and religious Identity in early modern Europe” will take place at the Johannes a Lasco Library (28-30 June 2017).

How to apply

The Training School can accept no more than ten participants. A selection will be made on the basis of a letter of motivation, sent to prof. dr. August den Hollander ultimately the 1st of June. For this Training School a fee of 100 euros is required. Participants will be fully refunded: three nights’ accommodation (up to max. 80 euro per night), real travel costs (max. ca. 200 euro), and dinners (3×20 euro), according to COST-regulations, lunches will be provided. All expenses will be reimbursed as soon as possible after the event. Sessions will be conducted in English and participants should bring a portable computer.

Commitment: each participant should present a relevant research project in a ten minute presentation, and write up experiences in a short report after the event.

Application papers

Applicants should submit a single PDF document containing:

– Cover sheet stating name, nationality, permanent address (including e-mail and telephone), university affiliation, last degree obtained, degree in progress, research director/advisor, research topic.

– Curriculum vitae (including level of competence in Latin/English/other languages, e.g. good/fair/poor).

– Letter of incentive describing your experience in the areas of teaching proposed by the Training School, explaining why you are applying and what you expect from the training in the framework of your current resarch suggested length c. 500 words).

– Attestation documenting suitability/thematic relevance from research advisor or director.

– Copy of student ID card.

Please send e-mails containing the application as a single PDF document to Successful applicants will be notified by 3 June 2017. Applications must be submitted by midnight, 1 June, 2017.


Monday 26 June Location: Seminarraum Johannes a Lasco Library
9:00-9:30 Opening
9:30-11:00 Printing press and reformed exile – Emden August den Hollander

Professor of Religious Heritage, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, coordinator Amsterdam Centre for the History and Heritage of Protestantism (ACHHP)

11:00-11:15 Coffee
11:15-12:45 Catholic exile and printing press – Ecclesiastical Province of Cambrai Alexander Soetaert

Researcher of Early Modern History, KU Leuven

12:45-14:00 lunch break
14:00-17:00 Exhibition Johannes a Lasco Library



Excursion Emden


Klaas-Dieter Voss

Curator Special Collections, Johannes a Lasco Library


Eric Mührel

Professor Soziale Arbeit und Gesundheit, Hochschule Emden-Leer, Vizepräsident für Forschung und Wissenstransfer


17:00-19:00 Four presentations by participants
19:00 Drinks in local bar
Tuesday 27 June location: Hochschule Emden-Leer
9:00-11:00 Anabaptist martyrology: Profiling Exile in Print Piet Visser

Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Professor (em.) for the History of Anabaptist/Mennonite History and Kindred Spirits

11:00-11:15 Coffee
11:15-12:45 Religious songs and religious identity Christiaan Winter

Research fellow of the ACHHP, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Carilloneur of the city of Alkmaar, Church musician of the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam. Teaching music at the Conservatorium, Amsterdam.

12:45-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-17:00 Excursion to Church of Rysum,

Presentation of one of the oldest , still working organs in the world (15th century) – Concert of earliest reformed musical tradition – Mareschal, van Noordt, Speuy, Sweelinck

Winfried Dahlke

Landeskirchenmusikdirektor der Ev.-Ref. Kirche, Direktor Organeum Weener, Lehrauftrag f. Orgel u. Harmoniumspiel, Hochschule f. Künste Bremen

17:00-19:00 Four presentations by participants
19:00 Drinks in local bar
Wednesday 28 June location: Hochschule Emden-Leer
9:00-10:00 Two presentations by participants
10:00-10:15 Coffee
10:15-11:45 Creating images – the role of historiography of exile Mirjam van Veen

Professor of Church History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, coordinator Amsterdam Centre for the History and Heritage of Protestantism

11:45-12:15 Evaluation
12:15 End


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