Keynote lecture : Luther and Dreams 29 November 2017

Keynote lecture : Luther and Dreams 29 November 2017

Keynote lecture for the Reformation at the University of Sydney

Dreams also happened to be recorded at key turning points of the Reformation, and they give rare insight into Luther’s deepest anxieties and feelings. Discussed collectively, Luther and his followers used dream interpretations to communicate concerns they did not discuss explicitly. This lecture explores how historians can make use of dreams to understand the subjectivity of people in the past.


Professor Lyndal Roper is Regius Professor of History, Oriel College, University of Oxford, and one of the world’s most renowned historians of early modern times. She is the first woman, and the first Australian, to hold the Regius Chair, and in 2016 she received the prestigious Gerda Henkel prize for her ‘trailblazing’ work on social, gender, and psychological history in the age of the Reformation. Her latest book, Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet (2016), is the first historical biography of Luther to be published in English for many decades. She is now writing a history of the German Peasants’ War (1524-5), the greatest uprising in western Europe before the French Revolution. Professor Roper is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and the Brandenburg Akademie der Wissenschaften.

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  • Date: Wednesday 29 November, 2017
  • Times: 6 to 7.30pm
  • Venue: Law School Foyer, Level 2 Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney. Venue location
  • Cost: Free and open to all with online registration requested

  • Registration: Register online at this page.