Eleventh Annual REFORC Conference on Early Modern Christianity

May 4-6, 2022, the Eleventh Annual REFORC Conference on Early Modern Christianity will take place in Berlin, hosted by the Sonderforschungsbereich 980 Episteme in Bewegung of the Freie Universität Berlin.

Plenary Lectures

Body and Soul
Comparative Studies on the Body-Soul Concept in the Pre-Modern Era

In the tradition of Greco-Roman antiquity and the monotheistic religions as well as in so-called pagan, non-monotheistic religions, the concept of the soul is associated with notions of spirituality, reason, volition, imagination, but also of affectivity and passions. How is the relation of the soul to the body to be thought and what determines the self? Is the soul bound to the mortal body, like a vehicle of the soul, so that the true life begins only in an extracorporeal spirituality? How do bodily and spiritual existence relate to each other and what models play a role in this in pre-modern times? How do theological concepts of freedom, guilt, sin, and self-failure on the one hand and immortality, life after death, redemption, a promise of salvation and afterlife, or immortality of the soul on the other hand intertwine? What models of corporeality, bodiliness, and affectivity play a role in this?

The international conference aims to discuss the relationship between body and soul from a transcultural comparative perspective in the early modern period. We will include positions from different disciplines, e.g. medicine, art history, philosophy, literature, theology, and religious studies because of the plurality of pre-modern cultures.

Short Papers, Panels, and General Attendance

The (in-person) conference is open to individual short paper presentations (20-minute presentations) and to thematic sessions of two or three short papers. Papers can focus on all disciplines related to Early Modern Christianity, ca. 1400-1700, such as philosophy, law, history, theology, etc., independent of the theme of the plenary papers.

It is also possible to attend the conference without giving a paper.

Short Paper Submission

Short paper proposals can be submitted through the registration form.

You will be notified on the acceptance of your paper proposal withing two weeks after submission.

Short paper submission will close March 1, 2022.

Registration/Registration Fee

Registration becomes effective on receipt of payment of the registration fee. If your short paper proposal has been accepted, please see to it that the amount of the registration fee is on our account before March 1, 2022, so that we can include your paper in the program. Registration closes on May 3, 2022.

REFORC Members (Individual and Institutional) will receive a discount on the registration fee, as indicated in the registration form. Go here for the benefits for Individual REFORC Members and here for the benefits for Institutional REFORC Members.


Short paper submission: March 1, 2022.
Registration: May 3, 2022


Preferred language for papers is English, but papers in  French and German are also welcome. Presenters who prefer to give their paper in French or German are invited to provide the audience with an English summary of about 150-200 words.


The preliminary program will follow. For the moment, you can assume that the start on Wednesday May 4, will be around 13.00 h, and the conclusion Friday May 6, by 16.00 h.

Conference Proceedings

The conference volume will be published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht in the series Refo500 Academic Studies (R5AS) and will contain plenary papers and a selection of short papers. Another publication venue is the Journal of Early Modern Christianity (JEMC).

Manuscripts for the conference volume can be submitted to the editors (to be announced). All other manuscripts can be submitted to editor-in-chief of the JEMC, Wim François.

Editors will decide on publication.



Visual: Anatomical Man in the Duke Berry’s Très Riches Heures




Sonderforschungsbereich 980
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Freie Universität Berlin
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Freie Universität Berlin (in-person).
Silberlaube (Erdgeschoss)
Otto-von-Simson-Str. 26
D-14195 Berlin-Dahlem

REFORC Members (Individual and Institutional) will receive a discount on the registration fee. Go here for the benefits for Individual REFORC Members and here for the benefits for Institutional REFORC Members.

REFORC Member: € 105.00
Non-REFORC Member: € 180.00
Student, REFORC Member, € 85.00
Student, non-REFORC Member: € 145.00
Spouse: € 90.00

The registration fee includes coffee and tea breaks and a reception.

Short paper submission: March 1, 2022.
Registration: May 3, 2022

Hotel Steglitz International

Hotel Steglitz International has blocked 60 standard single rooms for the REFORC Conference, until April 6, 2022. While booking, please use the code “Body and Soul”. Price ca. € 92,00/night incl. breakfast. After April 6, the rooms will be released to general sale.

Cancellation Policy Hotel Steglitz International

Up to 56 days before arrival 100% free cancellation.
Up to 42 days before arrival 50% free cancellation.
Up to 28 days before arrival 25% free cancellation.
Up to 14 days before arrival 10% free cancellation.
Up to 0 days before arrival 5% free cancellation.

Booking Website

Hotel bookings can also be made via the official booking website of Berlin.

We assume that a physical conference will be possible in 2022. Should any changes be necessary due to developments around COVID-19, we will announce them as soon as possible.

For questions related to registration and payment, you may send an e-mail to: info@reforc.com.

Refunds will be made for written cancellations received before March 1, 2022, less a € 30.00 processing fee.