2016 Town and Gown Lecture: "The Reformation in Print"


Tue, 03/29/2016 - 07:00
Thomas KaufmannPlease join the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies for its annual Town and Gown Lecture. This year our distinguished visitor will be Thomas Kaufmann, Professor of Church History at the University of Göttingen, Germany. He will speak on "The Reformation in Print" on Tuesday, March 29, 7:00 PM, in the UA Fred Fox School of Music's Alice Y. Holsclaw Recital Hall.
Just as the rise of electronic communication has changed our lives, the rise of printing technology during the late Middle Ages had a profound impact on the Protestant Reformation of the early sixteenth century. This lecture will examine Luther’s publication strategies and set them in the context of the experiences of the previous two generations of writers since the invention of the printing press with moveable type by Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz in the 1450s. The Reformation movement’s use of printing technology was instrumental in spreading the Protestant message all across early modern Europe. At the same time, book printing and publishing were also changed fundamentally as a result of the Reformation. 
Thomas Kaufmann is Professor of Church History at the University of Göttingen, Germany, where, from 2003 to 2005, he also served as Dean of the Faculty of Theology. From 1996 to 2000, he was Professor of Church History at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, and the following year he served as Directeur d’Études at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Section des Sciences Religieuses, in Paris.

Kaufmann is a leading authority on the history of the Reformation in Germany and Lutheran confessional culture in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His research further encompasses the radical Reformation and the relationship between Christians, Jews, and Muslims in early modern Europe.
He is the author of sixteen monographs, of which several have been translated into French, Italian, and Japanese. The Journal Damals named his “Geschichte der Reformation [The History of the Reformation]” its Historical Book of the Year in 2010.
Among his many distinctions, Professor Kaufmann was awarded the 1996 Academy Prize by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in recognition of his outstanding scholarly achievements. In 2012 he was elected Vice-President of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and he has served since 2011 as President of the German Society for Reformation History.
Presented by:
The University of Arizona
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies
Co-Sponsored by: 
Department of History 
Department of German Studies 
Department of Religious Studies and Classics
Supported by:
Group for Early Modern Studies (GEMS)
Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture (ISRC)
Religion, Secularism, and Political Belonging (RELSEC)
UA Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation Committee (UAMARRC)





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