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Mixed Courts: Dynasty, Politics, and Religion in the Early Modern World

Image: Unction and coronation of King Christian VII of Denmark on 1 May 1766, Woodcut, Graph. Res. C: 61 © Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel

14-16 March 2013

Joint Conference of the Forschungszentrum Gotha der Universität Erfurt and the German Historical Institute London

Venue: Forschungszentrum Gotha der Universität Erfurt, Schloss Friedenstein, 99867 Gotha, Konferenzraum der Forschungsbibliothek

The international conference "Mixed Courts: Dynasty, Politics, and Religion in the Early Modern World" convened by Benjamin Marschke (Humboldt State University, Arcata), Michael Schaich (GHIL), and Alexander Schunka (Forschungszentrum Gotha der Universität Erfurt) seeks to explore in a comparative perspective the phenomenon of confessionally and religiously mixed royal marriages and courts to shed light on their dynastic, political, theological, performative/representative, and epistemological dimensions. It aims to bring together multifarious perspectives of early modern European studies that have heretofore generally been discussed only separately — such as domestic and international politics, dynastic strategies, irenicist theology, church history, and the history of ideas — by examining an issue where they all intersect. In addition, the conference aims to break up a purely European perspective by integrating case studies from non-European courts into its wider conceptual framework.

Contact: Dr Michael Schaich, email: schaich(ghi)

Conference flyer and programme (PDF file)

Conference report (PDF file), published in: GHIL Bulletin 35 (2013), Vol 2