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Theology and Politics in the German Imagination, 1789–1848 (July 2017) will bring 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).
This two-day international 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 nineteenth-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.
• Video by Dr Imke van Heerden, with convenors Dr Hanna Weibye and Dr Ruth Jackson