Calvin and his influence, 1509-2009

Project at a glance

Dates and Place

01 March - 31 May 2009, Geneva, Switzerland
International Conference Center Geneva


Association Calvin 2009; Institut d’histoire de la Réformation (IHR); Société du Musée Historique de la Réformation (Genève); Faculté autonome de théologie protestante (Université de Genève)

Project details

The major academic event of the "Calvin year" 2009 in Geneva, the conference "Calvin and his influence, 1509-2009" which will be held between 24-27th of May, will attempt to take the full measure of John Calvin's historical influence across the generations and around the world, from his lifetime until today.

A series of plenary sessions will explore central themes in the reception and reinterpretation of his thought and legacy from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. More then forty parallel sessions will examine in greater detail aspects of his influence or supposed influence in contexts ranging from sixteenth-century Geneva to twentieth-century South Africa and the Philippines.

Speakers from more than 20 countries and from a multiplicity of academic fields -- theology, history, literature, art history, law -- will be present to shed light on the thought and work of one of history's most influential and controversial figures, but also to explore the various spiritual, political and ideological uses to which his ideas and example were put in different places and times over five centuries.

Volunteering Opportunities

ICVolunteers is seeking, on behalf of organisers, a Conference Assistant, who will be involved in the preparation of the event on a part-time basis, from 1st March till 31st May 2009.


  • Assist with secretariat requests such as preparing lists of participants (invited, plenary, parallel sessions) , list of registrations with update and follow-up
  • Ensure that background folders for participants are ready, complete and handed out to the participants upon arrival at reception (Uni-Dufour and CICG)
  • Ensure that name tags / badges for all participants are printed
  • Coordinate refreshments stand at CICG cafeteria during breaks
  • Ensure that the conference room is equipped and working
  • Be responsible for copying workshop materials
  • Perform other duties, as and when required


  • Fluent English and very good French
  • Computer literate (Word, Excel & website) & administrative tools (copier, printer, fax etc…)
  • Swiss national or resident - permit B, C or Carte de Légitimation


  • An opportunity to work and build your experience in a dynamic environment, as well as learn more about Calvin’s Influence
  • Convivial and flexible working conditions
  • Networking opportunities
  • Symbolic Remuneration
  • Reference letter
Interested in this opportunity?
If so, please send us your curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation (in English or in French) as soon as possible to: volunteer [at] or call +41 22 800 1436.

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