The Jena-Plan as a Concept for a Child-Centred School
AutorIn: Ralf Koerrenz
“School as counter-public” is the hermeneutic key with which Ralf Koerrenz interprets the school model of the Jena Plan. Similar to the Dalton-Plan or the Winnetka-Plan, the Jena Plan is one of the most important concepts of alternative schools developed in the first half of the 20th century as part of the international movement for alternative education, the “World Education Fellowship”. Peter Petersen’s “Jena Plan” concept must be understood from his educational philosophical foundations. The didactic levels of action at school (teaching, learning) as well as the reflection of theory in pedagogical practice are made understandable by “school as a counter-public”. Not least with a view to the today’s Jena Plan schools, the question is asked for a context-independent core of what makes a school a Jena Plan school. The opportunities and ambivalences of the model thus become equally visible.
Apparition Narratives of the Early English Enlightenment
AutorIn: Michael Dopffel
Empirical Form and Religious Function provides a fresh perspective on the rise of empirical apparition narratives in the Anglophone world of the Early Enlightenment era.
Drawing on both well-established and previously unknown sources, Michael Dopffel here offers a fundamental reappraisal of one of the defining narrative genres of the 17th and 18th centuries. Intricately connected to evolving discourses of natural philosophy, Protestant religion and popular literature, the apparition narratives portrayed in this work constitute a hybrid genre whose interpretations and literary functions retained the ambiguity of their subject matter. Simultaneously an empirically approachable phenomena and a religious experience, witnesses and writers translated the spiritual characteristics of apparitions into distinct literary forms, thereby shaping conceptions of ghosts, whether factual or fictional, to this day.
From the Middle Ages to the 1990s
This book aims to create an integral picture of the social, economic and cultural history of the Jews in Lithuania during the course of more than six hundred years – from the Middle Ages to the 1990s. It is a translation of the study “Lietuvos žydai. Istorinė studija” (Engl. “Lithuanian Jews. Historical study”), published in Lithuanian in 2012. The Book was written by an interna-tional group of scholars from Lithuania, Israel, the United States of America and Germany.

The world of Lithuanian Jewry is reconstructed through different aspects of the development of community and society: demography, social and economic activity, self-government institutions of the community, cultural and religious movements, literature and the press, education, discriminative policy of the authorities and relations with the dominant church, segregation, assimilation and changes of identity, anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust.
The Urban Context of Conflict and Mass Destruction
HerausgeberIn: Tim Keogh
A crucial collection of new insights into a topic too often ignored in military history: the close interrelationship between cities and warfare throughout modern history. Scenes of Aleppo’s war-torn streets may be shocking to the world’s majority urban population, but such destruction would be familiar to urban dwellers as early as the third millennium BCE. While war is often narrated as a clash of empires, nation-states, and ‘civilizations’, cities have been the strategic targets of military campaigns, to be conquered, destroyed, or occupied. Cities have likewise been shaped by war, whether transformed for the purposes of military production, reconstructed after bombardment, or renewed as sites for remembering the costs of war. This conference volume draws on the latest research in military and urban history to understand the critical intersection between war and cities.
Virtue and Morality in the Chinese-German Dialogue
West-Eastern mirror discusses the formative cultural traditions in Germany/Europe and China with a special focus on the increasingly important aspects of “Virtue and morality”. At present, there are increasing difficulties in understanding the ‘other’ in their cultural framing. In view of the fact that economic or scientific exchange on an international level is a matter of necessity, in recent years the need to ensure the cultural prerequisites has become even more urgent. First, the title deals with the cultural influences in Europe (Judaism, Christianity, Enlightenment) and China (Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism). In the second part, the focus encompasses a dialogue of European philosophy, with Rousseau, Herbart, Gadamer and Hegel.
Between Sacredness and Secularization
The purpose of this study about theological aspects of culture and social ethics is to investigate the relation between the theological tradition arising from Luther and the cultural immateriality which is culturally expressed in material progress and work. It is necessary to remember that it was Protestant theology itself that enabled this secularization process. Protestantism and modernity with its secularization proposal are processes that condition one another. Paul Tillich calls modernity and secularization the “Protestant Era” in the context of the Western culture of economic progress. It was mainly the theological tradition of the Enlightenment that separated the kingdom of the right from the kingdom of the left, law and gospel, creation and redemption, in such a way that the scope of creation became so autonomous that it dismissed the justification through the work of Christ, the gospel.
The Age of Nationalism and the Great War
HerausgeberInnen: Frank Jacob und Kenneth Pearl
War Memorials were an important element of nation building, for the invention of traditions, and the establishment of historical traditions. Especially nationalist remembrance in the late 19th century and the memory of the First World War stimulated a memorial boom in the period which the present book is focusing on.
The remembrance of war is nothing particularly new in history, since victories in decisive battles had been of interest since ancient times. However, the age of nationalism and the First World War triggered a new level of war remembrance that was expressed in countless memorials all over the world. The present volume presents the research of international specialists from different disciplines within the Humanities, whose research is dealing with the role of war memorials for the remembrance of conflicts like the First World War and their perceptions within the analyzed societies. It will be shown how memorials – in several different chronological and geographical contexts – were used to remember the dead, remind the survivors, and warn the descendants.
The Second World War and Beyond
HerausgeberInnen: Frank Jacob und Kenneth Pearl
With the end of the Second World War, all its violence, war crimes, and sufferings as well as the atomic threat of the Cold War period, societies began to gradually remember wars in a different way. The glorious or honorable element of the age of nationalism was transformed into a rather dunning one, while peace movements demanded an end of war itself.
To analyze these changes and to show how war was remembered after the end of the Second World War, the present volume assembles the work of international specialists who deal with this particular question from different national and international perspectives. The contributions analyze the role of soldiers, perpetrators, and victims of different conflicts, including the Second World War. They show which motivational settings led to the erection of war memorials reflecting the values and historical traditions of the second half of the 20th and the 21st centuries. Thus, this interdisciplinary volume explores how war is commemorated and how its actors and victims are perceived around the globe.
„Kosmologische Religiosität“ nennt Monika Neugebauer-Wölk ein Muster der Religions geschichte, das sich auf Räume und Wesen des Kosmos konzentriert und Beziehungen herstellt zur irdischen Existenz und zu den Seelen der Menschen. In ihrer großen Studie richtet die Autorin den Blick auf Magie, Astrologie, Hexenglauben und gelehrte Antikenrezeption im Übergang vom Mittelalter zur Neuzeit.
Neugebauer-Wölk untersucht Modelle des kultischen Kontakts zwischen Menschen, Göttern und Dämonen oder fragt nach dem Einfluss von Platonismus und Hermetik auf die Vorstellungen vom Schicksal der Seelen. Diese und andere Tendenzen Kosmologischer Religiosität nach 1400 werden von ihren Gegnern als Dechristianisierung wahrgenommen und führen zu offenen Kämpfen zwischen säkularem Milieu und Klerus. Es werden aber auch überraschende Querverbindungen sichtbar, besonders an den zahlreichen Konzilien dieser Zeit zwischen Schisma und dem Wunsch nach Einheit des Glaubens. Als Essenz ihrer langjährigen Forschungsarbeit entfaltet die Autorin souverän das Panorama der Wechselwirkung zwischen Nigromantenszene, Gelehrtendiskurs und kirchenpolitischer Debatte an einer religionsgeschichtlichen Wegscheide.
Religiöses Erleben im Mittelalter
In der religiösen Kultur des Mittelalters spielten Visionen eine viel größere Rolle als in allen früheren oder folgenden Epochen. Sie traten in den verschiedensten Lebensbereichen auf, darunter bisher noch kaum beachtete.
Ein Magier schafft sich seine eigene Welt aus visionär eingegebenen Ritualen, Zauberer werden visionär entlarvt, das Wesen der Nekromantie basiert auf Totenerscheinungen, die Gesichter der Hexen und der Besessenen zeichnen eine Gegenwelt voller Dämonen. Um diese Phänomene zu verstehen, ist ein psychologischer Zugang unabdingbar: Inwieweit lassen sich auf die mittelalterlichen Visionen moderne Studien zur Halluzination anwenden? Sind Visionen generell als Krankheitssymptome zu verstehen und differieren mittelalterliche und moderne Psychen? Wie wurden Visionäre im Urteil der Zeitgenossen rezipiert? Ein Ausblick auf Vision und Visionsliteratur in der Neuzeit beschließt den Band, wobei auch die konträre Entwicklung im Katholizismus und Protestantismus thematisiert wird.