Early Modern Educational Architectures. The »School Town« of the Francke Foundations in International and Interdisciplinary Perspective

International and Interdisciplinary Conference

A copperplate engraving in Johann Friedrich Penthner's »Bürgerliche Baukunst« (1745) shows a putto opening a model of the Halle orphanage and looking out of the window at the original.

An exceptional educational institution of the 18th century was the Glauchaschen Anstalten, today's Francke Foundations in Halle in Brandenburg-Prussia. Here, young people were educated and trained regardless of their origin, social status and gender. The underlying Pietist educational concept can still be seen in the preserved buildings of the foundations, which are still used for educational purposes today. But how exceptional were the foundations in an overarching, comparative and international perspective?

If one looks at the research, one gets the impression that there are a large number of local studies on the history of school construction before 1800, which, however, have so far stood unconnected to each other - especially in an international perspective. However, there are hardly any comprehensive or comparative studies on school buildings and educational architecture in the early modern period.So how can a comparative architectural history of school buildings and educational spaces be conceived on the basis of social, cultural, religious and pedagogical history?

Based on these observations and questions, the international conference will address educational architecture of the early modern period in theory and practice from an interdisciplinary perspective. At the same time, the aim is to establish an international working context on the topic that links fruitful and differentiated research in various countries.

Registration is requested by 10 October 2022 under grunewald(at)francke-halle.de.

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