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Conference "Pietism in Baltic History – Research Issues and Perspectives"

An international academic conference Pietism in Baltic History – Research Issues and Perspectives will take place online via Zoom on 2 June 2023. The conference has been organised by the National Library of Latvia (NLL), Halle's Francke Foundations and the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Pietism at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg and will be held in English and German.

Pietism is a religious movement that emerged in the Protestant Church in the 17th century and which also played an important role in the development of Latvian culture. The conference will, for the first time, bring together scholars from the Baltic States with those from Germany and the Netherlands interested in the history of Pietism as a social and church reforming movement. Topics in the papers cover the period from the late 17th century to as late as the 19th century.

The conference will feature presentations by experts in the field such as Dr. hist. Gvido Straube, Dr. habil. Darius Petkunas, Prof. Dr. Liina Lukas, Dr. Jürgen Beyer, PD Dr. Sebastian Rimestad, Dr. Kaspars Kļaviņš. The NLL will be represented by Research and Interpretation Centre lead researcher Dr. phil. Beata Paškevica, who will present her paper The Pietistic Period in Rīga's Church of St. Jacob. The partners in Halle are Dr. habil. Christian Soboth and Prof. Dr. Holger Zaunstöck.

The programme can be found HERE, abstracts can be found HERE.

Everyone is welcome to attend the conference free of charge. Please register HERE to receive a Zoom link.

After the conference, recordings of the presentations will be available on and on the NLL YouTube channel.

The conference is one of 500 Years of Latvian Book programme's events, which is being implemented with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.

Further information:

Beata Paškevica National Library of Latvia E-mail: Phone: +371 67716151

Agita Mačuka Public Relations Manager National Library of Latvia E-mail: Phone: +371 26437073


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