The LUMEN Centre

The LUMEN Centre aims to develop an ambitious and innovative interdisciplinary platform for the study of confessional and cultural characteristics in the Lutheran Reformation and its influence on theology, mentality, culture and society – particularly in the Nordic countries. Based on this point of departure, the centre will contribute to the theoretical discussion about the importance of Protestantism for the individual and society.

The need for knowledge about the positive and negative influence of religions on social development has become urgent both in the field of research and in discussions about society in general. One of the goals of the centre is to contribute methodically and theoretically to the international discussion of religion as a driving force in historical development, and to the discussion of how to study the influence of religion on social development and social institutions. And the Nordic countries, which in many ways represent a special case in an international perspective, are indeed characterised by a long-term Lutheran influence. The LUMEN Centre bases its work on the thesis that current theories about Protestantism, which are founded in particular on research into the Calvinist tradition, do not fully comprehend the relevant aspects of the relationship between religion and state, society and individual in countries that are influenced by Lutheranism.

The members of the LUMEN Centre come from the fields of medieval and renaissance archaeology, philosophy, history, the history of ideas, church history, art history, practical theology, systematic theology and political science.


Mon 05 Mar
11:00-17:00 | Mødelokale 2, Konferencecenteret, Fredrik Nielsens Vej, 8000 Aarhus C
Seminar with Oswald Bayer: ”Martin Luther’s Theology for Today"
In cooperation with Dansk Lutherforum and Forlaget Eksistensen
Thu 08 Mar
10:30-21:00 | Norsminde Kro
Seminar: EPCOT Bootcamp about project development
Thu 15 Mar
09:00-10:00 | Nobelparken, 1461-516
Breakfast Meeting
Mon 19 Mar
09:30-18:00 | The AIAS Auditorium, Building 1632, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C
Seminar with Robert H. Nelson ”Confession and social responsibility”
In cooperation with AIAS
Tue 10 Apr
09:00-10:00 | Nobelparken, 1453-415
Breakfast Meeting
Tue 17 Apr
13:00-17:00 | Nobelparken, 1461-516
Seminar with Sabine Hiebsch: ”Ecclesiology of a Lutheran minority in the Dutch Golden Age: A closer look at the sources”

Head of Center:

Bo Kristian Holm

Associate professor