Head of Center:

Bo Kristian Holm is associate professor in systematic theology at Aarhus University. His main research include the theologies of Luther and Melanchthon, the relation between theology and social anthropology with a special focus on the economy of the gift, and the 20th century Germen Lutherrenaisance. Currently he is leading a research project on the relation between sacrament and socality in societies formed by Lutheranism. 



Steering committee:



Gom Harste, dr.scient. pol. and associate professor at Department of Political Science and Government, Aarhus University. Harste examines those conflicts that emerges about formation of states and power after the Reformation. Confessional cultures emerged in opposition to each other and clashed throughout the establishment of the Westphalian system in the long transitional era from 1555 to 1748.  In his research project Harste examines if the Danish perspective on state power is an extreme consequence of European power development.



Nina Javette Koefoed is associate professor in history with a special obligation on the 18th and 19th century at Aarhus University and PI for the research project: Lutheranism and societal development in Denmark. Her research focuses on the influence from the reformation on the understanding of social identity and socio-emotional obligations within the household especially in early modern Denmark. She has previously worked on the regulation of sexuality and marriage after the reformation, but also with questions concerning poor relief, social responsibility and citizenship from the reformation until the early 20. Century.



Mette Svart Kristiansen is associate professor in Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology at Aarhus University. Her research focuses among other things on rural building and housing culture in Medieval Denmark seen in an archaeological perspective. Based upon this, Svart Kristiansen’s future projects will explore continuity and change in everyday material culture in rural and urban milieus with a particular interest for everyday spaces in the 1500-1600th century. A key issue here will be how material culture is used, reflects and affects residents and visitors, and to what extent the Reformation and Luther's ideas about family can be identified herein. 







Charlotte Appel, D.Phil. and associate professor in Danish/Scandinavian cultural history 1500-1800, Department of History and Classical Studies, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. CA has written extensively on book markets and book culture as well as schools and education in 16th, 17th, and 18th century Denmark. She investigates the manifold effects of the reformation on these areas, including the key role played by Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. This gave rise to a particular Lutheran reading culture, which profoundly shaped the development of a Lutheran confessional culture. 



Agnes S. Arnórsdóttir is Associate professor in European and Danish medieval history at the Department of History, Aarhus University. She has written the dissertation "Property and Virginity. The Christianization of Marriage in Medieval Island 1200-1600", published by Aarhus University Press in 2010, and has previously worked on the religious culture of the Late Middle Ages and medieval memory and donation culture. She has published books on women and gender history and her current research relating to the reformation focuses on wills and donation culture in the 15th and 16th century as well as on marriage and motherhood.



Dr. Rainer Atzbach, is associate Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology at Aarhus University. Atzbach was curator of the exhibition "Elisabeth in Marburg. Service for the Poor" and "Castles and Power" in Berlin before coming to Denmark. He scrutinizes stove tiles and other furnishing as a source for identity and belief during Renaissance. Moreover, he is interested in the internation network of nobility and its buildings, which are in the focus of his research project "Topography of Power". 





Per Ingesman, dr.phil. and Professor of Church History at Aarhus University, Denmark. His main area of research is Danish and European ecclesiastical history in the late medieval and early modern period. At present he is doing research on changes in ecclesiastical discipline at the Reformation and on the confessionalisation of Danish society in the wake of the Reformation. 



Rasmus Skovgaard Jakobsen is PhD fellow on the project Reformation and Nobility. An investigation of the Reformation and its impact on the Danish Nobility, c. 1536-1614. The project discusses to what extent the Reformation influenced the Danish Nobility and to what extent the Nobility influenced the Danish Reformation. 





Eva Krause Jørgensen is PhD in the History of Ideas at Aarhus University. In August 2016 I began my employment as a post.doc on the AUFF NOVS-financed project “An economy of reception”. The general objective of this project is to explore the relation between sacramentality and sociality in Protestant societies. In my part of the project, I specifically investigate theses of Protestantism in a perspective of modernity, Lutheran ‘political theology’ and the influence of the Reformation on the formation of state and society in Denmark. 





Anette Larner is PhD candidate at the dept. of history, Aarhus University. Anette is working on her dissertation about the criminal negligence of the household in the 18th C. As part of her research she studies some of the social, religious and cultural aspects of Martin Luther's thoughts about the household according to the Three Orders. 



Bodil Elisabeth Lodberg is PhD fellow at the department of history at Aarhus University on the project: House and Home within Protestantism and the Danish Welfare Society. Focus in her research is on the development of the “oikonomia” as part of the three-estate understanding found e.g. in Luther´s Small Catechism. It is argued that the transformation of the “household” in the 19th century give rise to (Christian) social strategies found in modern Danish welfare society. 



Sasja Emilie Mathiasen Stopa is a postdoctoral researcher at the LUMEN Centre for Lutheran theology and Confessional Society and investigates the influence of Lutheran notions of universal sin and unconditional trust on the high level of social trust characterising contemporary Danish society. As essential components of Martin Luther’s anthropology, the duality of sin and trust informs the Lutheran comprehension of authority, social responsibility, and duty, which have shaped Danish welfare mentality. Sasja received her PhD degree in 2017 for a dissertation in systematic theology entitled “Soli Deo honor et gloria – A Study of Honour and Glory in the Theology of Martin Luther.”  



Marie Vejrup Nielsen is Associate Professor, Study of Religion and Director of the Center for Contemporary Religion. Marie Vejrup Nielsen has researched the representation of Luther in the Danish public debate at the beginning of the 21st century with a specific emphasis on the debates concerning values of modern, Danish society and religion and politics. She has, in previous research projects, also studied Luthers’ anthropology and specially the concept of sin. 







Morten Raffnsøe-Møller is associate professor at the department for philosophy and history of ideas at Aarhus University. He is broadly interested in the diverse sources of modern conceptions of self-realisation and selfformation. Amongst these sources, the Lutheran tradition in all its forms and compositions represents an extremely  important source. It represents specific ideals of the self and its realisation that are to this day of critical importance to our understanding of society and self-perfection. 







Jette Bendixen Rønkilde is currently postdoc at the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University. She earned her Ph.D. in 2014 with a dissertation entitled: Heaven in ordinary -  a re-reading of the view on worship in the works of N.F.S. Grundtvig", presenting a thesis that Grundtvig's writings can be said to outline an aesthetic, trinitarian view on worship. In her present research, Jette examines Luther's and Lutheran Eucharistic liturgies emphasizing the relationship between liturgy and sociality. The examination sheds light on how and if Lutheran Eucharistic liturgies from the Reformation onwards to present time can be seen as expressions of a particular sociality.



Laura Katrine Skinnebach is postdoc at Department of Art History, Aesthetics & Culture and Museology at Aarhus University. My main research areas are devotional practice and perception in the Reformation period in Denmark. I focus in particular on the gradual integration and appropriation of lutheran thought into devotional life and material culture, as expressed and illuminated in Prayer Books, images and a variety of religious objects. 



Mattias Skat Sommer is a PhD fellow in church history, investigating the reception of Martin Luther’s teaching of the three estates in the thought of Danish theologian Niels Hemmingsen (1513–1600), and discussing if the estates teaching was a Lutheran social theory. Furthermore, he has a particular interest in the reception of Niels Hemmingsen in early modern Dutch and English theology. 



Gert Tinggaard Svendsen is professor, PhD., Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. Relevant main research areas are trust and absence of corruption. Denmark, followed by the other Nordic countries, holds most trust and least corruption in the world today. One possible explanation on this special nordic feature could be the lutheran reformation and here the interdisciplinary LUMEN network is crucial. Furthermore, a comprehensive research network concerning trust and corruption is reflected in the  Handbook of Social Capital (2009) as edited by Svendsen. One relevant example of interdisciplinary research is the book ”Trust” (2014) in the Reflections series from Aarhus University Press (e.g. positively reviewed by Forbes Magazine) and translated to Chinese (信任) in 2016.  



Lisbet Tarp attained her PhD degree in Art History in Fall 2014. Currently, she is working on a three-year postdoc project on 17th century decorative arts in Europe financed by The Novo Nordisk Foundation and Aarhus University. She has been visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University, USA, and she will be on research stay at Hamburg University Spring 2017. 





Uffe Østergård Professor emeritus in European and Danish History, Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School, honorary professor in modern history, University of Aarhus. Formerly director of the Danish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Jean Monnet professor in European Civilization and Integration, University of Aarhus.