NEO-CALVINISM AND EUROPE:
RELIGION, NATION, CULTURE
5th European Conference on Neo-Calvinism
29-31 August 2018
At present, Europe – in its modern globalised form – is faced by numerous questions of profound significance. How will its identity and role in the world change in response to the resurgence of populist political leadership both within and beyond its own borders? How should it respond to Brexit, intra-European independence movements, and the ongoing significance of the (largely Muslim) migrant crisis?
This conference will focus on neo-Calvinism, as a theological and cultural tradition that developed in late-modern Western Europe, and aims to understand it vis-à-vis Europe in both historical and constructive senses. How did the architects of neo-Calvinism – the likes of Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck – view the late-modern European identity? What did it mean to them that humankind consisted of different peoples and races? To what extent did they view Europe, as a culturally Christian continent, to have a unique geopolitical calling? How should those views be understood in our post-colonial context? What is the relation between religion and the idea of the nation? How have these neo-Calvinists, and more contemporary exponents of the neo-Calvinist tradition, considered the place of Islam in Europe? Does neo-Calvinism offer promising resources for human flourishing in a continent marked by a profound diversity of ethnicities, languages, cultures, forms of secularism, and religion?
The conference will focus on the theological, ecclesial, philosophical, political, historical, social and cultural interactions between the two religions: in what ways did they approach each other? On which aspects did they continue to differ, and why? How could their relationship over a century and a half best be described?
Dr. Matthew Kaemingk, Fuller Texas, Houston
Prof. Richard J. Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena
Call for Papers
The conference organisers would be pleased to receive proposals for short papers that address issues related to Neo-Calvinism and Europe: Religion, Nation, Culture. Proposals must be approximately 200 words, and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 April 2018. Proposals will receive a final response by the conference organisers by 15 April.
The conference registration fee is €120, which includes two breakfasts and lunches, a dinner and drinks. Conference places and lodging must be reserved by email (email@example.com) by June 30th, 2018.
Location and Accommodation
The conference will be held in Leuven, Belgium – close to the political heart of modern Europe – on 29-31 August at:
Leuven Center for Christian Studies (LCSS)
Evangelische Theologische Faculteit
LCSS offers accommodation at location for € 40 (single) and € 50 (double rooms).
New College, University of Edinburgh
Kampen Theological University
Archive and Documentation Centre, Kampen
Historical Documentation Centre, VU University, Amsterdam