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Archiwum - Konferencje 2005


The international scientific conference

Legnica, December 8-10, 2005

Polish Society for Reformation Research, Division of Renaissance and Reformation Art History of Wrocław University, in co-operation with Copper Museum in Legnica are pleased to invite to the international scientific conference Heritage of the Reformation in the Duchy of Legnica and Brzeg which will be held in Legnica, December 8-10, 2005.

Heritage of the Reformation in the Duchy of Legnica and Brzeg

The subject of the proceedings will be a generality of problems connected with the introducing and consolidation of the Reformation in this most important Duchy of Silesia in the Early Modern Era as well as the questions concerning a defence of the Reformation's heritage after the extinction of the Piast dynasty in 1675 and Silesia as well as after coming under Prussian rule in the years 1742-1763. Following problems will be especially welcome by the organisers:

  • religious politics and cultural patronage of Duke Fryderyk II of Legnica and Brzeg: secularization of church properties, attempt to found an university in Legnica and bringing to life a humanist college in Złotoryja; the role of Kaspar Schwenckfeld, Valentin Krautwald and Valentin Trotzendorf;
  • economical and religious politics, cultural patronage of Duke Jerzy II of Brzeg: initiating a process of the Lutheran confessionalization (Formula concordiae Heidersdorfiensis), education reforms, supporting ecclesiastical and secular architecture;
  • Lutheran church orders for Brzeg (1592) and Legnica (1594) as closing acts of the process of forming the doctrinal and organisational basis of the local Lutheran Church;
  • situation of the Lutheran Church after Jerzy Rudolf's and Jan Chrystian's conversion to Calvinism (a. o. resistance of the Lutheran clergy - Brzeg, Lewin Brzeski); Jan Chrystian's concept of "ideal Christian duchy" (Das Briegische Bedencken);
  • Duchy of Legnica and Brzeg in the years 1648-1675 as a religious refuge for oppressed Silesian Protestants from hereditary duchies of the Bohemian Crown, formation of the border and fugitive churches (Grenz- und Zufluchtskirchen); church visitations carried out with the supervision of the last Piasts;
  • culture at the Lutheran-Calvinist court of the Dukes of Legnica and Brzeg in the 17th century: historiography, poetry, drama, music, fine arts; forming the court ritual, the role of occasional literature;
  • the role of the states of Duchy of Legnica and Brzeg in the struggle for denominational liberties in 1675; new phenomena within the devotion: the influence of Pietism, the movement of "praying children";
  • reconstruction of the property of the Lutheran Church after the Treaty of Altranstädt (Altranstädter Konvention) in 1707: return of previously taken away churches, the establishing of the Knights Academy in Legnica, based on denominational parity;
  • heritage of the Reformation in Legnica and Brzeg versus the centralised Evangelical Church of Prussian State; introducing the Church Prussian Union in Legnica and Brzeg;
  • Reformation traditions of Legnica and Brzeg in the religious life of Polish Christian communities after World War II.

dr Aleksandra Lipińska,
Zakład Historii Sztuki Renesansu i Reformacji Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego,
ul. Szewska 36, 50-139 Wrocław,
e-mail: al_lipinska@poczta.onet.pl

Head of Organisation Committee
President of Polish Society for Reformation Research

Prof. dr habil. Jan Harasimowicz