European Crisis and Reorientation

Barrikader, revolution i Berlin
Barrikader, revolution i Berlin. Foto: Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1981-126-31 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

Open international workshop on Karl Barth’s Der Römerbrief in the cultural and intellectual context of post-WW1 Europe

The epoch in the aftermath of the First World War in cultural and intellectual Europe was marked by tensions and contradictory movements, shock and resignation, but also by a vigorous drive for reorientation. Such crises of orientation pose a challenge to religion to manifests its relevance. How movements of theological, cultural, and political thought interrelate in the perception of crises is the theme of this workshop, celebrating at the same time the centenary of an epoch-making theological text: The Swiss theologian Karl Barth’s Romans commentary, Der Römerbrief, published in the winter of 1921-22, serves here as a prism for these interrelations.

Contributions from an international assembly of researchers cover both Der Römerbrief as it mirrors intellectual and cultural movements of interwar Europe, the reception of 19th-century thinkers in the book, and its further cultural impacts.

In addition, the programme includes two smaller short paper sessions. Proposed topics for papers: The early work of Karl Barth, its receptions and impact, theology and culture in the interwar period, concepts of theology and crisis.

The workshop is open to all interested and will be conducted in a hybrid format at the Faculty of Theology and online. Registration and deadline for paper proposals, see below.

Programme

28 October

 

14:30

Welcome

 

14:45

Interactions between theology and culture in the intellectual movements after WW1 with special attention to Der Römerbrief (Ola Sigurdsson, University of Gothenburg)

 

16:00

Coffee break

 

16:30 

Political and social thought in the Weimar period as context for Der Römerbrief  (Liisi Keedus, University of Tallinn)

 

17:45

The European post WW1 period as a cultural and literary epoch (Adam Paulsen, SDU)

 

29 October

 

09:15

The Voice of the Preacher – Literary and Rhetorical Aspects of Der Römerbrief (Håkan Möller, University of Gothenburg)

 

10:30 

Kierkegaard in Der Römerbrief (Anne Louise Nielsen, University of Basel)

 

12:00

Break

 

13:00

Polyphony of the 19th century in Barth's Römerbrief. Theology interacting with literature in a time of cultural crisis (Katya Tolstaya, Free University of Amsterdam)

 

14:15

Doors and Back Doors to Karl Barth’s Der Römerbrief: Nietzsche and the hermeneutics of suspicion (Carsten Pallesen, UCPH)

 

15:30

Coffee

 

16:00

From Answers to Questions: Thurneysen and Barth on Dostoyevsky

(Sigurd Baark, UCPH)

 

17:15-18:15

Short paper session

 

30 October

 

09:00

Literary Receptions of Barth’s Der Römerbrief  (Bent Flemming Nielsen, UCPH)

 

10:15

Short paper session

 

12:00

Break

 

12:30

Theology as communication of crisis and reorientation in the aftermath of WW1. The examples of Karl Barth and Karl Holl (Christine Svinth-Værge Põder, UCPH)

 

13:45

Concluding discussion and coffee

Please register via email to Christine Svinth-Værge Põder by 31 August in order to receive a link for online participation.