The History of the Bohemian Reformation - Interdisciplinary Approaches



Since the end of Socialism, a significant renewal in Bohemian reformation studies both in the Czech Republic and abroad has taken place. Younger scholars have built significantly on the work of those from earlier in the last century. Significantly, interdisciplinary approaches have characterized this new wave of scholarship. The biennial symposia of the BRRP are characteristic this new approach. The proposed panel will draw together scholars from various disciplines all working on issues in the Bohemian reformation. These will include historians, art historians, musicologists, theologians and philosophers. From these presentations and discussions should emerged an picture of the present state of research. For example, recent scholarship has shown the long duration and lively nature of Utraquism (in contrast to those who argued that Utraquism died with death of Utraquist king Jiří of Poděbrady) or, similarly, that musical creation in Utraquism was limited to compositions of hymns and ignored so-called “art music”. Similarly, religious art was not suppressed during the Utraquist period as has often been maintained, but, rather, experienced a period of creativity. Our panel will bring together experts from these various disciplines to discuss the emerging picture of Bohemian reformation studies in the twenty-first century.