Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

Winter Semester 2010

Transformations. On Religious Conversion in the Early Modern Period


Instructors: Prof. Dr. Dan Diner/PD Dr. Jörg Deventer 

Time: Thursday, 6–8 p.m. (every other week)

Place: Simon Dubnow Institute, Goldschmidtstr. 28


The Research Colloquium will explore the Early Modern Era. In the context of newer approaches in research on cultural transfer, translation theory and secularization, the topic of changing one’s faith has become an extremely dynamic research focus in inquiry on the Early Modern Period. The colloquium presentations will discuss findings in recent cultural-historical studies of conversion. This work is characterized by a growing variety of approaches and methods in looking at phenomena of religious (re-)orientation and processes of individual and social transformation and insertion into new cultural and political relations. The colloquium will thematize both conversion within Christianity as well as the conversion of Jews, Christians, and Muslims to other faiths. The presentations will in particular focus on social practices, mutual cultural processes of exchange and appropriation and conversion narratives.




Thursday, 21 October 2010

Jörg Deventer (Leipzig)

»Frühe Neuzeit« und Konversionsforschung: Einführung in das Kolloquium


Thursday, 11 November 2010

Marc David Baer (Irvine/Berlin)

Messianism, Conversion, and Borderlines: The Doenme and their Religion, Seventeenth-Nineteenth Centuries


Thursday, 9 December 2010

Tijana Krstic (Budapest)

Conversion to Islam and »Confessionalization« in the Ottoman Empire, Sixteenth-Seventeenth Centuries


Thursday, 27 January 2011

Eric-Oliver Mader (München)

Protestanten und Katholiken: Konzepte von Konversion


Thursday, 3 February 2011

Benjamin Scheller (Berlin)

Apulische Neuchristen 1267-1514. Konvertierte Juden und ihre Nachkommen in der Hafenstadt Trani zwischen Inklusion und Exklusion