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Homburger Gespräch 2017 findet am 14.-16. September im Niguliste Museum, Tallinn statt.

Homburger Gespräche 2017

Indifferent Things? The Material and Ceremonial Church Practices in the 16th and 17th Centuries in the Baltic Region

The conference in the series of "Homburger Gespräche" and the 5th conference in honour of Prof. Sten Karling (1906-1987)

Dates: 14–16 September 2017
Venue: Niguliste Museum, Art Museum of Estonia (St Nicholas’ Church, Niguliste Str. 3, Tallinn)
Niguliste Museum, Art Museum of Estonia
Institute of Art History and Visual Culture, Estonian Academy of Arts
Institute of History, Archaeology and Art History, Tallinn University

Icon worship, the Catholic Church’s love of luxury, grandeur of ceremonies and vestments, as well as sale of indulgences were among the most significant points of criticism from the Reformation movement. It was, however, only in 1548 that a more serious dispute over adiaphora or Mitteldinge started in the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation; and the attitude of the evangelical church towards “indifferent things” was ultimately formulated in the Konkordiaformel in 1570. The confessional and institutional regulations and the actual practices of congregations nevertheless often differed substantially. Naturally, the two were interdependent, and it seems, therefore, prolific to study the material and art history of the Lutheran Church of the early modern period through the relationship and mutual effect between the norms and their executors – pastors, members of congregation, but also artists, etc. At the same time, the secular world, though seemingly outside the ecclesiastical life and practices, cannot be overlooked, together with its relations pertaining power and money. We will, therefore, proceed from the view that in order to comprehend the Lutheran Church of the early modern period, it must be studied as a complex, influenced by a number of factors, including material objects. At the same time, we are interested in whether something that can be referred to as “regional practices” existed, and will, therefore, focus on a particular historical area, namely the evangelical territories of the Baltic Sea region. In short, we would like to concentrate on what took place on the territories of today’s Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Northern Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Programme committee:
Prof. Dr. Krista Kodres,
Dr. Anu Mänd,
Merike Kurisoo, M.A.
Dr. Janis Kreslins,
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Weilandt,

Location Tallinn