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Spanish-German Academic Conversations

Sina Rauschenbach is the coordinator of the “Spanish-German Academic Conversations” (Spanisch-Deutsche Arbeitsgespräche). The conversations resulted from a joint initiative of Prof. Dr. Jaime de Salas (Fundación Xavier de Salas, Trujillo), Prof. Dr. Friedrich Niewöhner (Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel) and Prof. Dr. Dietrich Briesemeister (Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz) in 1993. Between 1993 and 2004, the three professors organized a variety of conferences to promote research in the field of Spanish-German relations and, even more importantly, to encourage academic encounters between Spanish and German scholars beyond the proper fields of Hispanic/Germanic Studies in Germany and Spain. With the retirement of Dietrich Briesemeister in 2004 and the sudden death of Friedrich Niewöhner in 2005, the initiative came to a standstill. It was revived in 2011. Since then the following conferences have been organized: 

  • “Naturrecht und Konfession: Konfessionelle Einflüsse und Religionsfreiheit im Naturrecht”, org. Prof. Dr. Diethelm Klippel and Prof. Dr. Salvador Rus Rufino (Wolfenbüttel, 2011) 

  • “The Castilian ‘Arbitristas’ and the Cultural and Intellectual History of Early Modern Europe”, org. Prof. Dr. Sina Rauschenbach and Prof. Dr. Christian Windler (Trujillo, 2013)

  • “Religious Plurality and Interreligious Contacts in the Middle Ages”, org. Prof. Dr. Ana Echevarria and Prof. Dr. Dorothea Weltecke (Wolfenbüttel, 2015).

  • “Eastern Coins in the Early Modern World: Antiquarianism and the Oriental Artifact 1500-1800”, org. Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow and Prof. Dr. Stefan Heidemann (Trujillo, 2017)

  • “Spanien auf dem Weg zum religiösen Einheitsstaat (15. Jh.) – España en el camino hacia un estado religioso homogéneo – Spain and its way to a Religious Unitarian Country”, org. Prof. Dr. Teresa Jiménez Calvente and Prof. Dr. Klaus Herbers (Wolfenbüttel, 2019)

  • "Monasticism and religious life in the German Empire and the Peninsular Kingdoms (XI-XV centuries). A comparative perspective", org. Prof. Dr. Blanca Garí and Prof. Dr. Nikolas Jaspert (Trujillo, 2023)

The next conversation will take place in Wolfenbüttel, in November 2025. Afterwards the conversations will continue every other year, alternately in Trujillo and Wolfenbüttel.
For further information or proposals, please contact Sina Rauschenbach.

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