Theology and Politics in the German Imagination, 1789–1848

10 July 2017 - 11 July 2017

Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT


Ruth Jackson (University of Cambridge)

Hanna Weibye (University of Cambridge)



A two-day international conference in July 2017, bringing together scholars of different disciplines to consider the relationships between theology, religious practice, political theory, and political practice in early nineteenth-century Germany (and German-speaking central Europe).

The conference seeks to foster interdisciplinary communication. While studies linking theology and political theory, or church history and political history, are not uncommon, they are most often conducted within the academic silos of history, philosophy, or theology faculties. By bringing together scholars from these different disciplines, and also inviting contributions from others (such as art history, musicology, and literary studies), we hope both to invigorate and enrich the study of the nexus between theology and politics in early nineteeenth-century Germany.

The conference will also encourage consideration of the period as a whole. We are interested in elucidating possible connections between the well-documented ‘politicisation of the religious’ in the 1820s and 1830s, and the theological and political concerns of the late enlightenment and the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.




Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


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