Organized by Profs. Leora Batnitzky, Michael Jennings, and Sarah Pourciau of Princeton University, this conference will examine the role played by religious discourse in German culture in the early twentieth century. The historical period from 1900 to 1950 saw the emergence of a body of religious thought—and reflection on the role of religion in culture—that rivals that of any other period in the Judaeo-Christian tradition. Scholars in such diverse fields as intellectual and cultural history, German studies, history of philosophy, and religious studies have in recent years made remarkable advances in our understanding of specific topics and thinkers within this enormously important field, but there have been few attempts to bring together scholars not just across disciplines, but across religions and denominations in order to discuss larger, synthetic issues.
The conference will take place at Princeton University, from March 31 to April 2, 2011.
Invited speakers include Asher Biemann, Religious Studies, Virginia; Paul Franks, Philosophy, Toronto; Peter Eli Gordon, History, Harvard; Udi Greenberg, History, Dartmouth; Niklaus Largier, German, UC Berkeley; Eugene Sheppard, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis; Martina Urban, Religious Studies and Judaic Studies, Vanderbilt; Hent de Vries, Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins; Daniel Weidner, Center for Literary and Cultural Research, Berlin; Christian Wiese, German-Jewish Studies, Sussex.
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