The Research Department organizes several conferences each year and takes part in international conferences.
Lutherans in Russia and Siberia: Piety - Research - Culture
International scientific conference on German-Russian relations in the 18th century. 23rd German-Russian Encounters in the Francke Foundations in connection with the 10th Annual Conference of the International Georg Wilhelm Steller Society e.V.
2017, in the year of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the 23rd German-Russian Encounters in Halle (Saale) were devoted to the question of how Lutherans worked in Russia and Siberia in the 18th century. The focus was on the expeditions of the Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg to Siberia and the participation of the Hallesche Pietists in them. The conference focused on the tension between piety, research and culture. Special attention was given to the learning and application of Russian in the early 18th century.
The History of Communication and the Transfer of Culture
The Francke Foundations are dedicated to researching and communicating the historical communication dimension of their past in Europe, Russia, North America and India. This results in a great variety of topics, projects and cooperations. All areas of work of the foundations are involved in different ways, including the project »Pietist Communication Networks«. Within the framework of the staff unit, for example, cooperative projects on cultural transfer between the Netherlands and Central Germany (»Golden Age and Century of the Enlightenment«) have recently been carried out with the Dessau-Wörlitz Commission at the IZEA and the Dessau-Wörlitz Cultural Foundation, and on relations with England (»London and the Hallesche Orphanage«) with the German Historical Institute in London (see also Hallesche Forschungen Volume 39 in the Verlag der Franckesche Stiftungen).
Cultural transfer and communicative processes with Eastern Europe in the long 18th century are currently coming to the fore. At the end of 2015, a workshop on »The Hallesche Orphanage and Eastern Central Europe in the 18th Century - New Research and Questions« took place in the series »International Encounters« directed by Friederike Lippold.
In October 2018, Friederike Lippold, Britta Klosterberg and Holger Zaunstöck also organized an international workshop on the connections of the Hallesche Orphanage to the Kingdom of Hungary and the Principality of Transylvania in the Early Modern Period as part of the series »International Encounters«.
In connection with the annual exhibition »Durch die Welt im Auftrag des Herrn. Travels of Pietists in the 18th Century«, a workshop in April 2018 will be devoted by the Research Unit to the question of whether there has been a Pietist influence on the travel culture of the 18th century and how this could be grasped.
In this research context is also the joint conference »For the dissemination of the sciences and for the benefit of mankind«: For the 250th anniversary of the physical expeditions of the Academy of Sciences« / »К распространению наук и в пользу рода...«: К 250-летию »физических« экспедиций Академии наук" from 19-21 November 2018 with the art camera in St. Petersburg - Музей антропологии и этнографии им Петра Великого (Кунсткамера). The conference took place in the rooms of the Kunstkamera in St. Petersburg.
Pietism, Enlightenment and Multilingualism: Foreign Language Learning, Translation and Intercultural Communication in the Context of the University of Halle and the Schools in Glaucha
Cooperating partners: The Matthias-Kramer-Society for the Study of the History of Foreign Language Learning and Multilingualism and Prof. Dr. Mark Häberlein (Bamberg)
At the turn of the seventeenth century, Halle developed into one of the most important centres of learning and mediating foreign languages in Central Europe. At the schools in Glaucha pupils were taught foreign languages and (religious) texts were translated. Moreover, missionaries, priests and teachers were recruited and trained in order to serve in Eastern Europe, India and North America. The University of Halle offered foreign language courses, and professors at the university stood out as mediators of foreign-language literature. In the summer of 2015, an interdisciplinary conference on this complex subject (which was not only developed in the Foundations) was held. In it, the manifold linguistic and cultural relations between Halle and Western and Eastern Europe as well as the world outside Europe were discussed and placed within the context of the history of linguistics, religion and ideas.
A publication of the results is in preparation.
How Pietist can Nobility be? Pietism and Nobility in Halle during the long Eighteenth Century
Cooperating partner: The Historical Commission of Saxony-Anhalt
The lifeworld of the nobility in the Baroque era was strongly shaped by secular concerns. The representation of the status, rank, and fame of one's family demanded visibility. At first glance, this seems to be difficult to reconcile with the Pietist ideal of a pious life style and a reform across social strata. Yet the available evidence indicates that August Hermann Francke and his son, Gotthilf August, entertained close relations with the nobility, not only in Central Germany. The available correspondence reveals a vast network of nobility, which converged in the Orphanage at Glaucha. Against this background, the 2014 National History Day invited contributions with regard to the interweaving of Halle Pietism and nobility in the current Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt. At the same time, the National History Day was a scientific event accompanying the Foundations’ annual exhibition of 2014, titled »Knighted by Divine Goodness« (Mit göttlicher Güte geadelt).
The proceedings were published in the series »Sources and Studies on the History of Saxony-Anhalt« by the Historical Commission of Saxony-Anhalt and officially presented at the Wernigeröder Kunst- und Kulturverein (Wernigerode) on 28 September 2016.
In the wider context of the same subject, the conference »Francke and his Kings: Halle Pietism and Prussia (1690-1750)« was conceived and organised jointly by Prof. Dr. Benjamin Marschke (Humboldt University and Arcata, California), the Interdisciplinary Centre for Pietism Studies (PD Dr. Christian Soboth), and the August Hermann Francke Study Centre of the Foundations (Dr. Brigitte Klosterberg). The results were recently published in volume 48 of "Hallesches Forschungen" under the title "Hallesches Waisenhaus und Berliner Hof. Beiträge zur Verhältnis von Pietismus und Preußen" published by the Verlag der Franckeschen Stiftungen.The publication of the results is planned for 2017.