October 31, 2017 marks the passing of 500 years on what can be considered the foundation of the Reformation movement of the sixteenth century. 1517 went down in history as the date when the German monk Martin Luther (1483-1546) posted on the door of the church of Wittenberg castle his 95 theses on indulgences. This event acted as the start of the Reformation in Europe, contributing to the subsequent emergence of Protestantism and to the political, social and cultural reorganization of the continent.
The Protestant Reformation not only changed the history of Christian religion, but it also transformed Germany and greatly influenced Europe and other continents. Although indebted to several precursor movements, the Reformation as a worldview shaped both the sacred and profane realms, and its analysis is essential in order to understand its time but also what it entails for the future of philosophical thought and even the European geoculture that developed in the last five hundred years. From modernity to contemporary times, theological thought but also literature, music, plastic arts, education, economy, law and sciences were impregnated by Reformation thought. Five hundred years later, what is the enduring heritage of the Reformation dynamics? What legacy have we received? What has endured to this day?
The Congress A Builder of Modernity: Luther – Theses – 500 years intends to reflect on the multiple dimensions of the Reformation movement, its consequences and its current influence in the world. We want to help contribute to (re)visit Luther’s thought as one of the builders of modernity, and this is an opportunity to inspire both the European collective memory as well as the national imaginary. Besides its religious importance, in the form of knowledge and human experience, we cannot lose sight of the philosophical and aesthetical values that help us to understand both the presence as well as the absence of the Protestant Reformation in the intellectual, artistic and civic trajectory of Portuguese culture and society. Recognizing the thought of Martin Luther as an exceptional object of study, this scientific meeting aims to promote the analysis of the role and influence of the Protestant Reformation in order for us to understand our time.
The Congress will be attended by theologians, biblical scholars, exegetes, historians, philosophers, sociologists and other social scientists who contribute to the promotion of an interdisciplinary look at the characteristics of the Reformation thought, revisiting its principles and values, and therefore it will be an exercise of citizenship for our self-understanding as individuals but also as a “imaginary community”.



To present and discuss a number of critical approaches on the relevance
of the Protestant Reformation as a cultural “asset” and the pertinence
of the Reformation thought in the construction of identities and representations
of European culture in general and Portuguese culture in particular.


1. Understand the relevance and contribution of the Reformation thought in the cultural
development process that accompanied its dissemination.

2. Reflect on the influence of the Protestant Reformation in Portuguese culture.

3. Analyse the cultural legacy of Reformed thought in Europe
and the consequent influence on the (re)construction of national identities.

4. Compile a repository of “perspectives”, whose characteristics could generate, in academia,
a renewed interest in the research of the effects of the Reformation in the context of cultural studies.

5. Publish the Congress proceedings in book form.


Main themes

I. The paths
of the long sixteenth century

1. Precursors of a Delayed Reformation
2. Reformations and its role in the Construction of Modernity
3. The Church: an Institution in Crisis
4. Messianism, Prophecy and Reformation
5. The Dynamic Thought of Luther and Modernity
6. The Same World and the Various Reformations (Erasmus, Zwingli, Calvin)
7. The Catholic Zeal and the Reformed Enthusiasm
8. Instruments of an Alternative Reformation
9. The Jesuits and other Religious Orders before the Reformation
10. The Radical Reformations in a Changing Society

II. Theology(ies)
of Reformation(s)

1. The 95 Theses as Theological Reflexion
2. The Incontrovertible Theme of Justification
3. Word and Faith in Luther's Thoguht
4. Tensions in Luther
(Works/Faith, Glory/Cross, Law/Gospel,
Order/Presthood, Transubstantiation/Consubstantiation)
5. Bible, Language and Readings in the Protestant Reformation
6. From the Founding Texts
of the Reformation to the Theological Controversy
7. Moment or Process: ecclesia reformata semper reformanda>
8. The Concept of Protestant heresy
9. Protestant Fundamentalism
or Demystification of a Return to the Dogmas of Faith
10. The Reformation as Desecration and Disenchantment of the World

III. The New Fronteers of

1. Epistemology: Disruption or Continuity?
2. The Ideas of the Reformation and Modern Thought
3. Reformation Perpectives in the Primacy of the Individual and Gender Equality
4. Law, Order and Justice according to the Reformation
5. The Protestant Perspective on the History of Political Thought
6. Professional Relations and the Value of Labour and Work according to Luther
7. Eduaction for All in the Reformation: Law and Freedom
8. Reformation and Scientific Thought
9. Globalization and the metamorphoses of Reformed tought
10. Reformation and a New International Order

IV. Reformation,
Society, Culture

1. Relations between Emerging Reformed
Communities and National Political Powers
2. Reformation: from the Geo-religious Transformation
to the Geopolitical changes in Europe
3. Catholicism, Protestantism, Capitalism
and the (re)definition of Europe’s Economic Map:
Antero de Quental and Max Weber revisited
4. The Contribution of the Printing Press
for the Dissemination of Reformation Ideas
5. Reformation and New Sociabilities:
Sport, Leisure, and Tourism
6. A New Social Mentality:
from Assistance to Individual Dignity
7. The Protestant Fission:
Fragmentation, Pluralism and Sociabilities
8. Art and Architecture in the Reformed Christian Tradition
9. Music as a Liturgical Instrument and for Personal Reflection
10. Reformation and the Construction of Identities
and Representations in Culture and in the Arts

V. The Reformation on this side of the Pyrenees
and beyond the Atlantic

1. The (in)visibility of the Reformation in the Portuguese Collective Imaginary:
Martin Luther, an illustrious unknown?
2. Precursors, Founders and Heirs of Reformed thought in Portugal:
the substantial contribution of Damião de Góis and Fernando de Oliveira
3. “Native Foreigners” in comparison:
Jews, Protestants, and Freemasons
4. Bible and Translation:
João Ferreira de Almeida and the Construction of Lusophony
5. Protestant Figures:
Cavaleiro de Oliveira and other “Heretics”
6. Traces of Reformed Thought in Portuguese literature
7. The Portuguese anti-Protestantism
8. Protestantism in the Press and the Protestant Press in Portugal
9. Latin American Reformations: Differences and Similarities
10. Christian Denominations:
from the Conflict to the Problem of Ecumenism


Our Clients

Promoting Institutions
Universidade Lusófona – Departamento de Ciências Religiosas
Sociedade Portuguesa de História do Protestantismo

Coordinating Scientific Institutions
CIDH - Invited Chair of the FCT/Infante Dom Henrique para os Estudos Insulares Atlânticos e a Globalização
Universidade Aberta
CLEPUL – Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa

Managing Institution
CompaRes – International Society for Iberian-Slavonic Studies

Associated Institutions
Academia de Ciências de Lisboa
Academia Portuguesa de História
Aliança Evangélica Portuguesa
Alto Comissariado para as Migrações
Centro de Estudos da História do Livro e da Edição Centro de História da Sociedade e da Cultura – Universidade de Coimbra
Comissão da Liberdade Religiosa
Concelho Português das Igrejas Cristãs
Deutsche Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Lissabon
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Goethe-Institut Portugal - Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Greater Lisbon Chaplaincy – The Church of England
Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos Santos dos Últimos Dias
Instituto Bíblico Português - Assocaição Evangélica de Educação
Instituto de Estudos do Protestantismo - Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie
Instituto Europeu de Ciências da Cultura Padre Manuel Antunes
LabCom.IFP — Universidade da Beira Interior
Seminário Teológico Baptista - Convenção Baptista Portuguesa
Sociedade Bíblica de Portugal
St. Andrew’s Church Lisbon – The Church of Scotland
União Portuguesa dos Adventistas do Sétimo Dia
Universidade Federal da Baía - Brasil
Universidade Federal de Paraíba - Brasil
Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora - Brasil
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina - Brasil
Universidade Federal de Sergipe - Brasil
Universidade Luterana do Brasil
Universidade Metodista de São Paulo - Brasil
Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba - Brasil
Universidade Prebiteriana Mackenzie
Honour Committee
President of the Portuguese Republic
President of the Portuguese Assembly of the Republic
Prime Minister
Minister of Culture
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany
Mayor of Lisbon
Former High Commissioner of the United Nations for the Alliance of Civilisations
President of the Portuguese Academy of History
President of the Sciences Academy of Lisbon
Rector of the University of Coimbra
Rector of the University of Lisbon
Rector of the University of Porto
Rector of the New University of Lisbon
Rector of the University of Aveiro
Rector of the University of Minho
Rector of the University of Évora
Rector of the University of the Azores
Rector of the University of Algarve
Rector of the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro
Rector of the University of Beira Interior
Rector of the University of Madeira
Rector of the Aberta University
Rector of ISCTE - Lisbon University Institute
Rector of the Autonomous University of Lisbon Luís de Camões
Rector of the European University
Rector of the Fernando Pessoa University
Rector of the Lusíada University
Rector of the Lusophone University
Rector of the University Portucalense Infante D. Henrique
Rector of the Mackenzie Presbyterian University
Director General of Books, Archives and Libraries
President of the Commission for Religious Freedom
Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon
President of the Portuguese Evangelical Alliance
President of the Portuguese Council of Christian Churches
President of the Portuguese Union of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Scientific Committee
José Eduardo Franco (Aberta University)
Paulo Mendes Pinto (Lusophone University)

Adalberto Hiller (Fernando Pessoa University)
Adérito Marcos (Aberta University)
Adriana Veríssimo Serrão (University of Lisbon)
Alberto Vieira (University of Madeira/CEHA)
Alcir de Souza (Baptist Theological Seminary)
Annabela Rita (Fernando Pessoa Institute)
António José Dimas Almeida (University Lusófona)
António Matos Ferreira (University of Lisbon)
António Sampaio da Nóvoa (University of Lisbon)
Artur Villares (ISLA Gaia)
Bento Domingues (S. Tomás de Aquino Institute)
Carlos Fiolhais (University of Coimbra)
César Romero Amaral Vieira (Methodist University of Piracicaba–Brazil)
Christine Vogel (Universität Vechta – Germany)
David Cranmer (New University of Lisbon)
Donizete Rodrigues (University of Beira Interior)
Eduardo Nuno Fonseca (Portuguese Bible Institute)
Elisa Lessa (University of Minho)
Ernesto Rodrigues (CLEPUL)
Fabiano Fernandes (Portuguese Bible Institute)
Fernando Santos Neves (University Lusófona of Porto)
Fernando Torres Moreira (University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro)
Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation)
Helena Vilaça (University of Porto)
Henrique Pinto (Lusophone University)
Herculano Alves (Portuguese Catholic University)
Inês Gil (Lusophone University)
Isabel Ponce de Leão (University Fernando Pessoa)
Jo-Anne Ferreira (The University of the West Indies – Trindade and Tobago)
João Carlos Relvão Caetano (Aberta University)
João Carlos Paiva (University of Porto)
João Hipólito (Autonomous University of Lisbon)
Joaquim Pintassilgo (University of Lisbon)
Jonatas Silva Meneses (Federal University of Sergipe-Brasil)
Jorge Freitas Branco (ISCTE)
Jorge Miranda (University of Lisbon)
José António Moreno Afonso (University of Minho)
José Augusto Ramos (University of Lisbon)
José Carlos Carvalho (Portuguese Catholic University)
José-Leonardo Ruiz Sanchez (Universidad de Sevilla - Espanha)
José Ornelas Carvalho (Portuguese Catholic University)
José Pedro Paiva (University of Coimbra)
José Rosa (University of Beira Interior)
Justino Magalhães (University of Lisbon)
Lidice Ribeiro (Mackenzie Presbyterian University-Brazil)
Luis Eduardo Oliveira (Federal University of Sergipe-Brazil)
Luís Machado Abreu (University of Aveiro)
Luis Menezes Fernandes (Londrina State University - Brasil)
Manuel Alexandre Júnior (University of Lisbon)
Manuel Cadafaz de Matos (Studies Centre of History of Books and Publishing)
Manuel Curado (University of Minho)
Maria Manuel Baptista (University of Aveiro)
Maria Zina Gonçalves de Abreu (University of Madeira)
Mário Avelar (Aberta University)
Mendo Castro Henriques (Portuguese Catholic University)
Michael Knoch (Miguel Torga Higher Institute)
Moisés Lemos Martins (University of Minho)
Norberto Dallabrida (State University of Santa Catarina - Brazil)
Onésimo Teotónio Almeida (Brown University – USA)
Paul Freston (The Balsillie School of International Affairs - Canada)
Paula Borges Santos (New University of Lisbon)
Pedro Calafate (University of Lisbon)
Peter Stilwell (University of Saint Joseph – Macau)
Pierre-Antoine Fabre (High Studies Schools in Social Sciences-France)
Rita Mendonça Leite (Portuguese Catholic University)
Rui Luís Rodrigues (State University of Campinas – Brazil)
Rui Oliveira Duarte (Lusophone University)
Salvato Trigo (Fernando Pessoa University)
Sara Ascenso (Royal College of Music–UK)
Teresa Toldy (Fernando Pessoa University)
Viriato Soromenho-Marques (University of Lisbon)
Vítor Franco (University of Évora)

*subject to confirmation

Organising Committee
José Brissos-Lino (Lusophone University)

Alexandre Honrado (Lusophone University)
Florentino Bernardes Franco (CLEPUL)
Jacinto Jardim (Universidade Aberta)
Joana Balsa de Pinho (CompaRes)
João Pedro Robalo (Lusophone University)
José Bernardino (Aberta University)
Luís Branco (Lusophone University)
Luís Pinheiro (CLEPUL)
Micaela Ramon (Universidade do Minho)
Miguel Barcelos (CLEPUL)
Paula Carreira (CLEPUL)
Paulo Rocha (Ecclesia Agency)
Rui Oliveira (Lusophone University)
Rui Rego (University Aberta)
Susana Alves-Jesus (IECCPMA)
Vanda Figueiredo (University Aberta)
Vítor Rafael (Lusophone University)

Executive Coordination Committee

Executive Coordination Timóteo Cavaco (CLEPUL)
Financial Coordination Cristiana Lucas Silva (CompaRes)
Cultural Coordination Simão Fonseca (Universidade Aberta)
Media Coordination Joaquim Franco (Universidade Lusófona / CLEPUL)


Registration payment for the scientific program includes Certificate of Participation for curricular purposes,
Congress bag (with book of abstracts, program schedule and other informative material) and free participation in the social activities.

(to attend)
EUR 25,00
  • Congress bag
  • Social activities
  • Program
  • Other materials
  • registration
With credit
(Teacher Training Action)
EUR 50,00
  • Congress bag
  • Social activities
  • Program
  • Other materials
  • registration

Registrations in the Congress with communication proposal must be sent to the Executive Secretariat mail address, accompanied by the following documents: communication abstract (maximum of 2500 characters without spaces), five keywords, indication of the intended thematic panel and a summarized curriculum vitae (15 lines maximum), as well as a proof of payment of the registration fee.
Please note that we will only accept communication proposals when the respective registration fee has been duly paid.


Deadline for sending proposals August 31, 2017
Deadline for the notification of the approval of proposals September 30, 2017
Deadline for delivering the final texts December 31, 2017

Payment methods

a) By deposit or bank transfer:
Montepio Account: Compares – Associação Internacional de Estudos Ibero-Eslavos
Account no.: 071 10.009905-1
NIB: 0036 0071 99100099051 86
IBAN: PT50 0036 0071 99100099051 86
b) By check addressed to Compares – Associação Internacional de Estudos Ibero-Eslavos
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d) Via paypal, upon request to the e-mail
Every payment receipt must be forwarded to the Executive Secretariat postal or e-mail address.


Confirmed guest lecturers

Adriano Prosperi
(Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei - Itália)
António Fidalgo
(Universidade da Beira Interior)
Bernard Vincent
(Écoles des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales - França)
Jean Baubérot
(École Pratiques des Hautes Études - França)
José Pedro Paiva
(Universidade de Coimbra)
Justino Magalhães
(Universidade de Lisboa)
Leonardo Boff
Luigi Lazzerini
(Università di Verona - Itália)
Manuel Cadafaz de Matos
(Centro de Estudos da História do Livro e da Edição)
Manuel Clemente
(Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
Mário Avelar
(Universidade Aberta)
Michael Knoch
(Instituto Superior Miguel Torga)
Pierre-Antoine Fabre
(Écoles des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales - França)
Pierre Bühler
(Universität Zürich - Suíça)
Rui Estrada
(Universidade Fernando Pessoa)
Samuel Escobar
(Facultad Protestante de Teologia UEBE - Espanha)
Teresa Toldy
(Universidade Fernando Pessoa)

Adress and Contacts

Executive Secretariat

Congress Lutero 500 years

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