Conferences, Workshops, Call for Papers

Participants of an international conference at a round table in the Freylinghausen-Hall.

The Research Department regularly organises conferences, workshops and lectures on various topics and participates in international conferences.

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

International and Interdisciplinary Conference 13-15 October 2022, Francke Foundations (House 1)

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)

To the programme.


Conference on »Halle and Moravian Pietism in a Global Context: Theologies and Practices – Strategies and Conflicts«

November 23–25, 2023, Francke Foundations

Call for Papers

Application deadline: 30 May 2022

In the last few decades, the focus of international and interdisciplinary research on Pietism in Halle and Herrnhut has increased considerably. Several studies have clearly shown that both stories are intrinsically interwoven – in both regional and intercontinental contexts. Different research approaches in both fields of Pietism have stimulated research questions in the other, but many questions remain open or have been only partially investigated and above all, despite initial approaches, a more comprehensive and in-depth comparative perspective, both interdisciplinary and international, is still needed.

For this reason, the conference welcomes current, overarching research approaches as well as questions and approaches from the particular histories of Halle and Moravian Pietism and asks how they critically relate to one another. The conference will explore:

  • How does the simultaneous existence and historical succession of the two forms of Pietism invite comparative inquiry?
  • How questions and approaches that are prevalent in one of the two fields can also be useful in for the other?
  • How and to what extent overarching approaches and topics can enrich and deepen existing questions from a comparative perspective?

We are also interested in the question of interactions between Halle and Herrnhut.

Organizer: Interdisciplinary Center for Pietism Research at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Francke Foundations in Halle, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Moravian Archives Bethlehem, Evangelical Theological Faculty of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Herrnhuter Brüdergemeine


Conference on »Baltic Mission? Halle Pietism and the Moravians in the Baltics in the long 18th century«

June 1–3, 2023, National Library of Latvia, Riga

(Versiju latviešu valodā skatīt zemāk.)

Call for Papers

Application deadline: August 26, 2022

500 years ago, it was Luther's Reformation that enabled the printing and publishing of books in the Latvian and Estonian languages. This event of significant importance for Baltic social and cultural history in turn enabled the 18th century reform of the Reformation by Halle Pietists and Moravians in Livonia.

Unlike Enlightenment research, which in recent years has presented significant and multi-faceted studies on the Enlightenment in the Baltic, this cultural area has hardly been explored by researchers of Pietism.

Therefore, this international conference, jointly organized by the National Library of Latvia, the Faculty of Theology of the University of Latvia, the Francke Foundations in Halle and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Pietism Research at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, aims to address the fields of activity of Halle Pietism and the Moravians in the Baltic region / in Livonia in the long 18th century from a comparative perspective.


Sanāksme par »Baltijas misija? Halles piētisms un hernhūtisms Baltijā garajā 18. gadsimtā«

1.–3. jūnijs, 2023. gads, Latvijas Nacionālā bibliotēka, Rīga

Konferences idejas apraksts

Pieteikšanās termiņš: 2022. gada 26. augusts

Tieši Lutera Reformācijas iespaidā pirms 500 gadiem sākās grāmatu druka latviešu un igauņu valodā. Lutera Reformācijas izplatība Baltijā ļāva iesakņoties Halles piētistu un hernhūtiešu idejām par luteriskās baznīcas pārmaiņu un atjaunošanās nepieciešamību 18. gadsimta Vidzemē.

Atšķirībā no pēdējās desmitgadēs plaši aplūkotās Baltijas apgaismības tēmas, starptautiskā piētisma pētniecība nav plašāk nodarbojusies ar šī reģiona izpēti.

Latvijas Nacionālās bibliotēkas, sadarbībā ar LU Teoloģijas fakultāti, Halles Frankes fondiem un Halles–Vitenbergas Mārtiņa Lutera Universitātes Starpdisciplināro piētisma pētniecības centru organizētā konference salīdzinošā skatījumā pievērsīsies Halles piētisma un hernhūtisma darbības jomām Baltijā/Vidzemē ilgajā 18. gadsimtā.