3G Loss and Awakening

 
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7. August - 13. August 2017

Open to German students and doctoral students
and to students and doctoral students from UTC Bangalore (via GAES).

 Kreis1 Geöffnet für deutsche Studierende und Promovierende und für Studierende und
Promovierende vom UTC Bangalore/Indien.

Course language: English

 

  Seminarsprache: Englisch

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Enough. Theological considerations on loss and awakening as challenges for the Reformation and the present day.

  Es reicht. Theologische Überlegungen zu Verlust und Aufbruch als Herausforderung von Reformation und Gegenwart

Can consideration of the Reformation lead to a new understanding of loss, an understanding that is primarily based on the notion of overcoming the past, and risking a new awakening? This issue is particularly relevant in the light of the present-day situation of considerable social upheaval. The need to hold on to old, outdated structures and world views may encourage the development of reactionary movements. The Reformation is regarded as an occurrence of fundamental religious innovation and radical change. The religious and cultural differentiation and pluralisation arising from the Reformation have become a lasting symbol of Europe and the Western world. Initially, the spread of Protestantism outside Europe started with migrants of faith moving beyond their immediate borders. This phase was followed by targeted missionary activities instigated by the various Protestant colonial powers. The class will analyse this historical asymmetry, and investigate its repercussions for Christian churches in both the German and Indian societies.

The strengthening of reactionary movements and increasing (religious) radicalisation are not developments that solely affect European countries in their reactions to global political events. On the contrary, they can also be clearly observed in India. What potential does the Reformation offer as an ethical, political and religious revival movement when it comes to building an appropriate response to current events – whether they are in Germany or in India? Through this collaborative meeting of Indian and German students and lecturers, the importance of loss and awakening can be examined from various social, cultural and theological contexts in respect of their innovative potential.

 

Kann die Auseinandersetzung mit der Reformation zu einem neuen Verständnis von Verlust führen, das vor allem auf dem Gedanken beruht, Vergangenes zu überwinden und einen neuen Aufbruch zu wagen? Diese Frage ist angesichts der gegenwärtigen Situation gesellschaftlicher Umbrüche von besonderer Relevanz. Das Bedürfnis, in alten und überholten Strukturen und Weltbildern zu verharren, kann den Aufschwung reaktionärer Bewegungen befördern. Die Reformation gilt als grundlegendes religiöses Innovations- und Umbruchgeschehen. Die daraus resultierende religiös-kulturelle Differenzierung und Pluralisierung ist zu einer nachhaltigen Signatur Europas und der westlichen Welt geworden. Die außereuropäische Ausbreitung des Protestantismus geschah zunächst durch Glaubensmigrant_innen. Dieser Phase folgten gezielte missionarische Aktivitäten der verschiedenen protestantischen Kolonialmächte. Diese historische Asymmetrie soll während des Seminars erschlossen und auf ihre Folgewirkungen für die christlichen Kirchen in der deutschen bzw. indischen Gesellschaft hin befragt werden.

Das Erstarken reaktionärer Bewegungen und die zunehmende (religiöse) Radikalisierung sind keine Entwicklungen, von denen nur europäische Länder als Reaktion auf die globalpolitischen Ereignisse betroffen sind, sondern sie lassen sich ebenso in Indien beobachten. Welches Potential bietet die Reformation als ethische, politische und religiöse Erneuerungsbewegung, um auf die gegenwärtigen Ereignisse – in Deutschland oder in Indienangemessen zu reagieren? In der Begegnung von indischen und deutschen Studierenden und Dozent_innen soll die Bedeutung von Verlust und Aufbruch aus unterschiedlichen gesellschaftlichen, kulturellen und theologischen Kontexten heraus angesichts reformatorischer Potentiale gemeinsam untersucht werden.

Prof. Dr. Andrea Strübind, Professor of Church History at the Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, key research areas: contemporary Church History, Reformation History: Culture of Dissent, Anabaptism and Religious Migration.

Rev. Dr. Ramakrishnan Sahayadhas, Chairperson and associate professor of the Department of Theology and Ethics am United Theological College, Bangalore, key research areas: Luther in the context of Indian Christianity, Hindu-nationalism, Gender in Religion and Politics, Interfaith Dialogue in India.

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Link-Wieczorek, Professor of Systematic Theology at the Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, key research areas: Ecumenism, Theology and Religious Instruction, Theology and Reconciliation

Dr. George Coorilos, Metropolitan of Niranam (Kerala, India) of the Syrian Orthodox Church, member of Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kerala, key research areas: Eco-theology

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weiss, Professor of the New Testament Studies at the Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, key research areas: Christology in Early Christianity, Ethical issues for New Testament authors, Faith and life for second and third generation early Christians, Exegesis – Hermeneutics – Bible didactics

Dr. Kaholi Zhamomi, Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Christianity – United Theological College, Bangalore, key research areas: Cross-cultural, Socio-Cultural, Ethnic/Racial Studies, Social Movements, Women Historiography, Dalit & Tribal Issues, Study on War & Conflict, Identity Issues

Prof. Dr. Joachim Willems, Professor of Religious Pedagogy at the Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, key research areas: Inter-religiosity and Inter-culturalism as the subject of Religious Pedagogy, Conceptualisation and evaluation of religious and interfaith competence, Empirical research in Religious Pedagogy, International Comparative Religious Pedagogy (focus Russia), Religious Pedagogy and Religious Policy

Prof. Dr. Jakob Wöhrle, Professor of Old Testament Studies at the Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, key research areas: Literary History, History of Theology and Religious History of the Old Testament, Pentateuch, Deuteronomistic History, Prophecy, the Psalms

Dominik Gautier, M.A., research associate in Systematic Theology at the Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, key research areas: Sin, Dialectical Theology, Black Theology, Anti-racist Theology and Religious Pedagogy

Sabine Hübner, M. Theol., research associate in Church History at the Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, key research areas: 18th Century Church History, Non-European History of Christianity, Dynamics of Theological Contextualisation, Mission History, Lutheran Pietism, Reformed Pietism, Postcolonial Studies, church construction

Dr. Friederike Neumann, research associate in Old Testament Studies at the Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, key research areas: Psalms, History of Theology, literature of the Second Temple Period

Dr. des. Bernhard Ortmann, research associate in Systematic Theology at the Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, key research areas: connections between theology, religion and social issues, Intercultural Theology, Mission History in Asia (India and China in particular), Gender and Disability Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Business Ethics

Dr. Christian Wetz, research associate in New Testament Studies at the Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, key research areas: Evolutionary Psychology in the New Testament