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Programme Overview

General Information

Our preparations for the 12th International Congress for Luther Research to be held in Helsinki, 5 to 11 August 2012, are proceeding very much as planned. Our theme “Luther as Teacher and Reformer of the University” will be addressed in many ways, for instance, in an exhibition of the National Library which you can visit during the Congress. Because Helsinki will be the World Design Capital during our Congress, the city will be vibrant and hotels crowded in August (see ).

We will also have several evening receptions which are open to the accompanying persons. As soon as we have fixed their times and places, we will announce them in our website. We can say already now that the receptions will offer abundant social and musical programme as well as recent information about developments in universities and our fields of research. The boat excursion to Porvoo will also be a memorable event.

Wie früher wird der Kongress zweisprachig sein, und Sie können Deutsch oder Englisch in den Plenarsitzungen und ggf. Seminaren benutzen. Wir bitten um Verzeihung, dass manche Informationen nur auf Englisch erhältlich sind, aber besonders während des Kongresses wird es für uns eine Priorität sein, die Tradition der Zweisprachigkeit zu bewahren.

Programme Overview

Luther as Teacher and Reformer of the University
Luther als Lehrer und Reformer der Universität

Sunday, 5.8.2012, at 6.30 pm, Opening, Cathedral of Helsinki
Sonntag, den 5.8. 2012, um 18.30 Uhr, Eröffnung, Domkirche von Helsinki :
Scott Hendrix, Opening of the Congress
Eero Huovinen: Opening Lecture


From Monday to Friday the Congress will meet at Porthania II lecture hall at the University with plenary sessions in the morning (9.00) and seminars in the afternoon.

Von Montag bis Freitag findet die Kongressarbeit im Porthania II Vorlesungssaal statt. Die Hauptvorträge werden vormittags (ab 9.00 Uhr) gehalten, die Seminare an den Nachmittagen.

Morning Prayers at 8.15 am in the Cathedral from Monday to Friday.

Reformation Exhibition at the National Library during the Congress.

Die Morgenandachte finden um 8.15 Uhr im Dom statt.

Die Nationalbibliothek bietet eine Ausstellung über die Reformation während des Kongresses.


Monday/ Montag, 6.8.2012: University/ Universität
Ulrich Köpf: Luther's Proposals for University Reform / Luthers Beitrag zur Universitätsreform
Christine Helmer: Teaching Theology with Luther / Luther als Lehrer der Theologie

Tuesday/Dienstag, 7.8.  Philosophy / Philosophie
Risto Saarinen: Luther and Humanist Thought / Luther und Humanismus
Mark Mattes: Luther's Use of Philosophy / Philosophie bei Luther

Wednesday/Mittwoch, 8.8.
Short presentations/ Kurzbeiträge; Excursion/Exkursion.

Thursday/Donnerstag, 9.8. Theology / Theologie
Luther in the New Perspective on Paul / Luther in der "Neuen Perspektive der Paulusforschung"
Jens Schröter
Bo Kristian Holm
Notger Slenczka

Friday/Freitag, 10.8.  Impact / Wirkungen
Tarald Rasmussen: The Early Modern Pastor between Ideal and Reality / Der frühneuzeitliche Pfarrer zwischen Anspruch und Wirklichkeit
Pilgrim Lo: Luther between Theology and Cultural Studies / Luther zwischen Theologie und Kulturwissenschaften

Friday evening/ Freitag Abend: Closing Banquet / Schlussbankett

Short Presentations

As in Copenhagen 2002 and Canoas 2007, we will also offer 20-minute sessions for the short presentations of the participants. You are asked to speak for 15 minutes, and there will be 5 minutes for questions and comments. The short presentation sessions will take place on Wednesday morning from 9.00 – 11.00 in several lecture rooms simultaneously, and you can switch rooms between the papers, if you like. We aim to gather presentations with similar topics together.

You do not need to send your paper in advance, but we ask the title already in the registration and will make available a time-table and programme in due course. Most lecture rooms will have power point facilities, but you are also encouraged to bring your own handout. Please note that we will proceed to the excursion immediately after the short presentations. The boat leaves at 11.30 and light lunch will be served on board. There is a 5-10 minutes walk from the lecture rooms to the harbour.

Excursion and Banquet

The Wednesday congress excursion will be by a boat to the small town of Porvoo founded in 1346, the second oldest town in Finland. The boat is now full and no further registrations for the excursion are possible. During the boat trip you will have the opportunity to experience the beautiful archipelago of the Gulf of Finland. A light lunch will be served onboard. At the destination there will be a guided visit to the medieval Cathedral and the Chapter House of the Swedish speaking Porvoo Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. There will also be time to roam the charming Old Town. In the evening a dinner will be offered at the historical Kiala Manor. The cost of the excursion, including lunch and dinner, is 85 euros. The travel back to Helsinki will be by bus.

The Friday closing banquet will be held at the Art Deco styled Restaurant Pörssi located at the historical Helsinki Stock Exchange building just a couple of blocks away from the University Campus. The cost of the closing banquet is 90 euros. The menu of the banquet will consist of traditional Finnish ingredients


We will have optional evening receptions every evening, except Wednesday, which is reserved for the excursion. The current program for the receptions is as follows:

Sunday evening after President Huovinen’s lecture there will be an opening reception in the crypt of the Helsinki Cathedral hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Parish Union of Helsinki.

On Monday we will have the University of Helsinki reception hosted by the University Rector.

On Tuesday there will be a reception hosted by the Institut für Europäische Geschichte (Mainz) with presentations of Europäische Geschichte Online and new edition of the BSELK (Bekenntnisschriften der evangelisch-lutherischen Kirche).

On Wednesday evening we will have dinner in Porvoo as part of the excursion.

The Thursday evening reception will be hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Finland and the Evangelische Kirche in Deutscland and will take place in the University Banquet rooms. The reception will feature a panel discussion on the Finnish Luther Studies chaired by bishop Dr. Simo Peura and a presentation welcoming us to Wittenberg for the next Congress in 2017 as well as information on the preparations for the Reformation jubilee with representants from the state of Saxony-Anhalt participating.

The congress will close with the traditional banquet on Friday evening.

Your accompanying persons are most welcome to all receptions. Please remember that for the excursion on Wednesday and for the closing banquet you need to register and pay in advance as a part of the registration process.

Accompanying Persons

Accompanying persons can participate in the receptions but not in the academic programme. We will arrange a meeting for accompanying persons on Monday morning. On this occasion our representative will inform of touristic opportunities during the congress week. The Tourism Bureau of Helsinki with its wide range of arranged sightseeing, excursions, World Design Capital facilities etc. is located in 5 minutes walk from the university.