On 31st October 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saints Church, Wittenberg: an act symbolizing the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. 500 years later, Europe has been shaped and re-shaped by waves of reformation and counter-reformation; by secularism and scientific discovery, and by new religious thinking, recently and most significantly by its new Muslim citizens.
Our next Spring School graduate workshop to be held in Oxford on April 20-2nd will focus on Religion, Conflict and Tolerance: 500 Years After Wittenberg looking at the role of faith in our European societies, how has the state managed its role as arbiter, and about how our philosophy of tolerance towards all beliefs has developed – and is challenged today. Yet religion is often cited as a cause of conflict and terrorism. The workshop will explore the legacy of Luther, of changing religious demographics, and the place of religious tolerance. Our three-day workshop will be hosted with the Maison Francaise d’Oxford, linked partriularly to our joint MA. programmes in European History and European Politics and Society. As ever, this event will be participatory and engaging, involving talks and lectures from experts and professionals, as well as younger scholars, together with working groups and debates. More details will follow in the coming weeks. Please see the full poster here.