This free public seminar is part of the School of Humanities and Social Science Semester 2 Religion and Radicalism Seminar Series

Religion and Radicalism Seminar

Start Date Thursday, 7 August 2014, 03:00 pm
End Date Thursday, 7 August 2014, 04:30 pm
Description

Join Dr Christina Petterson, from the University of Newcastle's Religion and Radicalism Research Group, as she presents: 'Pestis Reipublicae & Ecclesiae'. Radical Pietism, Afterlife and Social Change in 18th Century Oberlausitz, Saxony.

This free public seminar is part of the School of Humanities and Social Science Semester 2 Religion and Radicalism Seminar Series (PDF,223KB).

Abstract: 'Pestis Reipublicae & Ecclesiae'. Radical Pietism, Afterlife and Social Change in 18th Century Oberlausitz, Saxony.

The first part of the title for this presentation is taken from a text called 'Haupt-Schl├╝ssel zum Herrnhutischen Ehe-Sacrament' published in 1755 by a Lutheran Pastor, Johann Gottlob Seidel. 

The text was a publication of Count Zinzendorf's speeches to the Married couples in various congregations of the Moravian Brethren with an introduction and running commentary by Seidel. 

The presentation will partly focus on the speeches and their context, and partly on the introduction, where Seidel accuses Count Zinzendorf of wanting to undermine all political and ecclesiastical foundations. 

The disruption in understandings of gender and family gestured at in the speeches as well as Zinzendorf's unsettling social behaviour will be analysed in the context of emerging capitalism within the feudal structures of eighteenth century Germany.

Location Cultural Collections, Auchmuty Library, University of Newcastle, Callaghan campus
Contact Christina.Petterson@newcastle.edu.au
RSVP Thursday, 7 August 2014