Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music

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Call for Papers
1 January 2023
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
Religious Studies and Theology, Music and Music History, German History / Studies, Early Modern History and Period Studies, American History / Studies

This conference explores Moravian history and music from the fifteenth to twenty-first centuries in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

World • Heritage • Site

The Moravian communities of Bethlehem (USA), Gracehill (UK), and Herrnhut (Germany) are presently working together to join with Christiansfeld (Denmark) in becoming a multinational UNESCO World Heritage Site. These three words give us the theme for our 2023 conference. We especially welcome proposals for individual papers, panels, or lecture recitals addressing aspects of the relationships between Moravians and the World (natural, religious, socio-economic, political, etc.), Moravian Heritage, and Moravian Sites (Sights or Cites). Each of these perspectives offers a unique way of thinking about Moravians and their interactions with others.

We also welcome papers relating to the anniversaries of composers and instrument makers. These might include celebrating the birthday anniversaries of Jan Blahoslav (1523-1571), Christian Gregor (1723-1801), and Edward William Leinbach (1823-1901) or the 150th anniversary of the deaths of Peter Ricksecker (1791-1873), Jedediah Weiss (1796-1873), John Christian Malthaner (1810-1873), and C.F. Martin (1796-1873).  

Please submit a proposal of 300 words or less, accompanied by a one-page CV, by 1 January 2023, to: We encourage submissions from undergraduate students for whom there may be special panels and poster sessions. 

The program committee will notify accepted applicants by 15 February 2023. 

Travel grants for research at the Moravian Archives are available. The Moravian Archives will be closed to researchers during the conference, but research is possible before and after the conference. More information on the research travel grants is available at: (tab: Research Grants). Application deadline for these Archives travel grants for research is February 28, 2023.


Contact Info: 

Dr. Hilde Binford, conference chair
Moravian University

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