CFP: GSA 2018 “Sharing Sacred Spaces: The Preconditions and Patterns of Ecclesial Sharing in Central Europe, 1525-1850," Pittsburgh, 27-30 September 2018 (Deadline 10 February 2018)

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In the years since 2000, historians have lavished attention on the modes and mutations of religious toleration, from the earliest manifestations of pluralization in the aftermath of the “Luther Affair,” though the formation of institutional confessions, the crucible of seventeenth-century religious warfare, and the emergence of supra-confessional toleration as a principle of enlightened statecraft. Among the most fruitful contributions to this historiography are works that examine the everyday practices of cohabitation in confessionally plural communities. Less attention, however, has been given to the specific practices associated with that most radical form cohabitation, the simultaneum – churches in which two or more self-contained confessional groupings performed the rites of their observance, with or without legal formalization. In contrast to the scholarship on cohabitation defined more broadly, historical work on simultanea remains diffuse, dominated by the presumption that sharing generated conflict, and overdetermined both by theological debates and by the legal disputes they often produced.

We seek papers for a series of panels that strive to to overcome these conceptual limitations by placing the preconditions and patterns of ecclesial sharing at the center of attention, showing how both mutated over the centuries between the Luther Affair and the formation of a new state system in central Europe following the collapse of the Holy Roman Empire. 

Interested authors are encouraged to send paper titles and abstracts by February 10, 2018, to David M. Luebke <> and Beth Plummer <>.

Contact Information:

David M. Luebke
Department of History, University of Oregon

Beth Plummer
Department of History, Universtiy of Arizona