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12th International Congress for Luther Research

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Distinguished Reformation Scholars, Dear Colleagues,

it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 12th International Congress for Luther Research which will meet in Helsinki from 5th to 11th of August in 2012. This website gives you all necessary information for the congress. We also offer you here an updated version of the programme, seminars and hotels as well as other practical and touristic information.

The early registration period has ended and we received an outstanding number of registrations, making this congress the largest one in recent history. It is still possible to register with a somewhat higher price during the first months of 2012, but some seminars and activities are already filled up.

The overall theme of the congress is “Luther as Teacher and Reformer of the University”. The University of Helsinki, founded by Queen Christina of Sweden in 1640, is privileged to host the congress. Lectures and seminars will take place in the city center, on the campus surrounding the main building of the university. The opening ceremony and first lecture will take place in the Lutheran Cathedral of Helsinki on Sunday evening, the 5th of August at 6.30 pm. The congress closes with an evening banquet on Friday, the 10th of August. Hotels are located in the immediate neighbourhood of these venues.

We are doing our best to make the congress interesting for the great variety of historical and theological approaches to the Lutheran Reformation. The beautiful summer month of August is also a particularly good time to visit Finland. In year 2012 Helsinki is also World Design Capital and offers many new events and exhibitions.

Looking forward to meet you in Helsinki, Yours sincerely

Risto Saarinen, Chair of the Local Preparation Committee



  • March 2010: website opens
  • Summer 2010: seminar descriptions
  • December 2010: invitations sent
  • January 2011: registration opens
  • December 2011 registration closes
  • January-May 2012: late entries with extra fee, congress materials sent to participants
  • August 5-10, 2012: Congress meets