Francke and His Kings:
Halle Pietism and Prussia, c. 1690-1750.
16-18 January 2013, Halle
The Franckesche Stiftungen in Halle announces a scholarly conference on "Halle Pietism and Prussia." This conference is part of the commemoration of the 350th birthday of August Hermann Francke, born 22 March 1663. The year 2013 also marks the 300th anniversary of two important events in the history of Pietism and Prussia: the death of Elector/King Frederick III/I of Prussia and succession of King Frederick William I on 25 Feb. 1713; and the first visit of the young king to the Franckesche Stiftungen on 12 April 1713.
The conference is being organized by a working group: Dr. Thomas Müller-Bahlke, Dr. Britta Klosterberg, and PD Dr. Holger Zaunstöck (Franckesche Stiftungen zu Halle); Prof. Benjamin Marschke (Humboldt State University, California); and PD Dr. Christian Soboth (Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Pietismusforschung der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg in Verbindung mit den Franckeschen Stiftungen).
The conference will take place Wednesday-Friday, 16-18 January 2013, at the Franckesche Stiftungen in Halle.
Among the many examples of church/state intersections in early modern Europe, the relationship between Halle Pietism and Prussia stands out as one of the most important. It has been a half century since the foundational works on the relationship of Halle Pietism and Prussia appeared (Klaus Deppermann, Carl Hinrichs). It is now readily accepted that Halle Pietism and Prussia had a profound influence on each other in the eighteenth century, so much so that it has become impossible to understand the history of one without discussing the other.
Since the appearance of Deppermann and Hinrichs' works, subsequent research has provided a more nuanced, complex, and complete picture of how Pietism and Prussian-ness influenced each other. This conference seeks to bring together scholars of all disciplines who are working on Halle Pietism and Prussia, to provide them a forum for intellectual exchange, and to enable their further intellectual collaboration.
For example, this conference seeks to explore the influence of Halle Pietism within Prussia, and the influence of the Prussian monarchy on Halle Pietism, in terms of instilling norms and behaviors: piety and education, social disciplining, the preußische Tugenden, social militarization, etc. Moreover, this conference also aims to probe Halle Pietism and the Prussian state's profound impact on each other's structures, and the intertwining of those structures (not only formal institutions, but also the informal networks that underpinned them). Finally, this conference hopes to shed light on Halle Pietism and Prussia by featuring close studies of individual people at the nexus of the two, for example: the performances and perceptions of the prominent leaders (Francke and his kings), and their direct contacts with each other; the interactions of elites with subordinates (for example, Prussian officials persecuting radical Pietists, or Pietist clergymen disciplining Prussian subjects and soldiers); or single individuals who simultaneously identified themselves as adherents of Halle Pietism and as Prussian subjects, officials, or soldiers.
The connections between Halle Pietism and Prussia can be approached in a seemingly infinite number of ways. Preliminarily four facets are differentiated:
1. Political Practice
State-building and Pietist contributions or resistance.
Pietists within the Prussian bureaucracy (Pietist-leaning or -sympathizing officials).
Pietist communication networks and patronage within Prussia.
Establishment and staffing of the university in Halle.
Fields and examples of conflict.
Cameralism and capitalism.
2. Education and Virtue
Pietist teachers and pedagogy in Prussia.
Pietist clergymen ministering/disciplining the Prussian populace.
Tolerance in Pietism and Prussia, and the limits thereof.
Observation and supervision.
3. Charisma, Performance, and Image
Pietist visits at the royal court — royal visits to Pietists.
Pietists at court, Pietist-leaning or -sympathizing courtiers (Canstein, Natzmer, Mylius, et al).
Frederick III/I's/Frederick William I's political charisma and performance, as seen by Pietists.
Francke and other Pietists' charisma and performance.
Pietist moral certainty, Prussian belief in destiny.
4. Piety and Militarism
The army chaplaincy and the military church.
The Great Military Orphanage (Großes Militärwaisenhaus) in Potsdam.
Pietists within the Prussian officer corps (Pietist-leaning or -sympathizing officers).
The stance of Pietism towards war and peace.
Proposals for paper presentations (approximately 300 words) should be submitted by 15 December 2011 to Britta Klosterberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or Benjamin Marschke (email@example.com).
Benjamin Marschke, Ph.D.
Department of History
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521
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