Conference

Religious Toleration in the Modern World

Introductory Workshop: Religious Toleration in the Modern World

Lichtenberg-Kolleg // Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel 29-31 January 2014

2014 marks the start of research cooperation between the Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel and the Lichtenberg-Kolleg. In the coming years the two institutions will jointly host research groups studying aspects of cultural, intellectual and religious encounters in the early modern world. This cooperation creates a new, highly promising platform of research, bringing together scholars from different stages of their careers from all over Europe. Religious toleration was one of the most fundamental challenges for early modern Europeans — and the question how to live in conditions of religious plurality and diversity still haunts us today, perhaps more than ever before.

The first joint conference in the Renaissance bijou of Wolfenbüttel takes stock of current research in religious toleration and diversity and seeks to bring together a wide range of historical and theoretical perspectives.

Wednesday, 29 January

09:30 – 10:30

TIM STANTON (UNIVERSITY OF YORK)

“Some thoughts concerning religious toleration”

10:30 – 11:00

break

11:00 – 12:00

TERESA BEJAN (COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY)

“Persecution of the Tongue: Tolerating Difference and Disagreement in Early Modern England and America.”

12:00 – 13:00

MARTIN VAN GELDEREN (LICHTENBERG-KOLLEG)

„Reading Rembrandt“

13:00 – 14:30

lunch

14:30 – 15:30

MARK HUTCHINSON (LICHTENBERG-KOLLEG)

“Rereading English Political Thought in Ireland’s Dysfunctional and Ungodly Polity, c. 1558 to 1625”

15:30 – 16:00

break

16:00 – 17:00

POLLY HA (UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA)

“Towards a Broader Understanding of Religious Toleration in Early Modern England, c. 1590-1660”

17:00 – 18:00

THOMAS KAUFMANN (UNIVERSITÄT GÖTTINGEN)

„What is Lutheran Confessional Culture?”

Thursday, 30 January

9:30 – 10:30

MEELIS FRIEDENTHAL (LICHTENBERG-KOLLEG)

“The place of metaphysics in university disputations and the freedom of philosophizing”

10:30 – 11:00

break

11:00 – 12:00

MIRJAM VAN VEEN (VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM)

“Foreign Threats to a Dutch Virtue? Rhineland exiles and the Culture of Toleration in the Early Dutch Republic”

12:00 – 14:00

lunch

14:00 – 15:00

IOANA MANEA (LICHTENBERG-KOLLEG)

“Towards a “City of Man”? Politics and Ethics against Religious Intolerance in the France of the 1630’s-1640’s”

15:00 – 15:30

break

15:30 – 16:30

JOSEPH BERGIN (UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER)

“La Tolérance introuvable: French difficulties with religious pluralism, 16th and 17th centuries”

16:30 – 17:30

JOHN DUNN (UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE)

Friday, 31 January

9:30 – 10:30

HAIM MAHLEV (LICHTENBERG-KOLLEG)

“’Right bases itself […] on Might, and all Obligation on Fear’: Natural Religion, Reason, and the Concept of Tolerance in the German Enlightenment”

10:30 – 11:00

break

11:00 – 12:00

HANS ERICH BÖDEKER (GÖTTINGEN)

“Beyond religious tolerance: The discourse of the protestant German Enlightenment on tolerance”

12:00 – 13:00

JOHN CHRISTIAN LAURSEN (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA)

“’We have only scratched the surface’: paradoxes, clandestinity, Socinians and other areas I would like to know more about”