Institute of Modern History

Workshop Series "Religious Knowledge in the Early Modern World" (Cambridge–Tübingen Workshops)

Since 2014, the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge and the Institute for Modern History at the University of Tübingen have organized the workshop series "Religious Knowledge in the Early Modern World" in cooperation between Prof. Dr. Ulinka Rublack and Prof. Dr. Renate Dürr and with the financial support of the DAAD Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies.

The resulting annual workshops provide opportunities for teaching staff, postdocs, and doctoral students from both universities to present their research, familiarize themselves with the different academic traditions, and extend their international scientific networks. The gatherings provide an interdisciplinary forum which, in addition to historians, has included scholars in disciplines such as anthropology, German Studies, Islamic Studies, and theology to promote dialogue across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

[Visit the relevant page on the website of the DAAD Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies]

Further information on the individual workshops in this series: [2017], [2016], [2015], [2014]


Religion, Culture & Society in the Early Modern World (Religion, Kultur und Gesellschaft in der Frühen Neuzeit) (4. Cambridge–Tübingen Workshop), Cambridge, 18–19 September 2017.

Organized by Professor Ulinka Rublack (Cambridge), and Dr Stefan Hanß (Cambridge).

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Monday, 18 September 2017

Ivory figurine of St Anthony (Toni Malau), Angola, eighteenth centuryIvory figurine of St Anthony (Toni Malau), Angola, eighteenth century. Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (image edited by Dr Stefan Hanß).

9:00–9:15 Ulinka Rublack (Cambridge) and Renate Dürr (Tübingen), Welcome & Introduction
Experiencing Religious Identities
9:15–10:00 Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge), Recycling the Sacred: Material Culture & Cultural Memory in Post-Reformation England
10:00–10:45 Christina Farley (Cambridge), '[T]he livelier the counterfeit is, the greater error is engendered'?: Re-Assessing Vividness in Post-Reformation English Visual Culture
10:45–11:00 Coffee break
11:15–12:00 Emma Nicholls (Cambridge), Negotiating Convent Identities in Florentine Tuscany
12:00–12:15 Mary Laven (Cambridge), Commentary & Discussion
12:15–13:45 Lunch
Shaping the Ottoman Empire
13:45–14:30 Lejla Demiri (Tübingen), Doing Theology in the Eighteenth-Century Ottoman World
14:30–15:15 Helen Pfeifer (Cambridge), Ottoman Salons & the Making of an Imperial Elite
15:15–16:00 Philip Hahn (Tübingen), A Patrician as Button Maker: Hans Ulrich Krafft in Tripoli (1574–77)
16:00–16:30 Coffee break
16:30–17:15 Tobias Graf (Tübingen), Knowing the 'Arch-Enemy': Austrian-Habsburg Intelligence in the Ottoman Capital in the Late Sixteenth Century
17:15–18:00 Christiane Ackermann (Tübingen), Imago Turci: 'Turk Plays'’' as a Focal Point in Premodern Media Transformations (Fifteenth to Sixteenth Centuries)
18:00–18:15 Stefan Hanß (Cambridge), Commentary & Discussion
19:30 Dinner

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Religion & Power in the Spanish Americas
9:00–9:45 Irina Pawlowsky (Tübingen), Making Mission Spaces: Jesuit Geographical Knowledge & Cartography of the Upper Amazon
9:45–10:30 Marie Schreier (Tübingen), The Limits of Mission & Imperial Control: The Case of Early Modern Panama
10:30–11:00 Coffee break
11:00–11:45 Laura Dierksmeier (Tübingen), Indigenous Knowledge as Enlightened Knowledge? A Priest's Defense of Herbs Prohibited by the Inquisition in Eighteenth-Century Mexico
Religion(s) in the Transatlantic World
11:45–12:30 Patrick McGhee (Cambridge), Sites of Unbelief in the Early Modern World
12:30–13:30 Lunch
13:30–14:15 Naomi Pullin (Warwick/Cambridge), 'A Holy Nation': The Transatlantic Quaker Community and the Problem of the American Revolution, c.1650-1775
14:15–15:00 Fabian Fechner (Hagen), Commentary & Discussion
15:00–15:30 General discussion



Global Dimensions of European History (3rd Cambridge–Tübingen Workshop), Tübingen, 26–27 September 2016.

Organized by Prof. Dr. Renate Dürr, Dr. Anne Mariss, and Dr. Philip Hahn.

[Read the workshop report]


Monday, 26 September 2016

Portrait of an East India Company Official by Dip Chand, painted c. 1760-4
Portrait of an East India Company Official (probably William Fullerton of Rosemount) by Dip Chand, painted c. 1760–4. Via Wikimedia Commons

9:00–9:30 Welcome and introduction (Renate Dürr/Ulinka Rublack)

9:30–12:15 Panel 1: Ethnography, cartography and the transfer of knowledge

12:15–14:30 Lunch and break

14:30–18:30 Panel 2: Material cultures

19:00 Dinner

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

9:00–10:30 Panel 3: Conflict and cohesion in early colonial societies
10:45–12:15 Panel 4: Relations to the Ottoman Empire

12:15–13:45 Lunch

13:45–15:00 Panel 3: Conflict and cohesion in early colonial societies (Fortsetzung)
15:00–16:00 Concluding discussion (Chair: Renate Dürr)

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Religious Knowledge in the Early Modern World (2nd Cambridge–Tübingen Workshop), Cambridge, 28–29 September 2015.

Organized by Prof Ulinka Rublack with the financial support of the Trevelyan Fund of the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge.


Monday, 28 September 2015

2–3 p.m. Session I: Keynote, chaired by Dr Simone Maganzani (Cambridge)
3–4 p.m. Session II, chaired by Dr Gabriela Ramos (Cambridge)

4–4.30 p.m. Tea break

4.30–5.30 p.m. Session III, chaired by Dr Mary Laven (Cambridge)

5.30 p.m. Tour of Cambridge and dinner

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

9.30–11 a.m. Session IV, chaired by Prof Renate Dürr (Tübingen)

11–11.30 a.m. Tea and coffee break

11.30 a.m.–12.30 p.m. Session V, chaired by Prof Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge)


Visualizing Religious Beliefs: Images, Spatial Contexts and Religious Practice in Early Modern Europe and Beyond (1st Cambridge–Tübingen Workshop), Tübingen, 29–30 May 2014.

Organized by Dr. Philip Hahn and Dr. Fabian Fechner.

[Read the workshop report]


Panel 1: Theological positions
Panel 2: Spatial contexts
Keynote 1:

Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge), The Holy Maid of Wales: Visions, Politics, and Catholicism in Early Modern Britain

Panel 3: Creating Images
Keynote 2:

Ulinka Rublack (Cambridge), How symbolic was politics at the Augsburg Imperial Diet in 1530?

Final discussion