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Updated December 18, 2020

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

9:30 am WELCOME
10:00 – 11:30 am Walter Vivian Moses Lecture in Moravian Studies

When the Moravians Returned to Georgia: A Forgotten Mission During the American Revolution

Jon Sensbach, University of Florida

Lunch Break
1:00 – 3:00 pm SESSION 1: Panel

“Obedient subjects” “mingling in worldly affairs”? Social and Political Entanglements of Moravian Communities in the Transatlantic World
  • Jessica Cronshagen (Panel Chair), Oldenburg University, “Necessary Presents”: Moravian Missionaries, British Privateers and Local Colonial Rulers in late 18th -Century South America
  • Frank Marquardt, Oldenburg University, Avoiding Contraband and Privateers? Moravian networks of trust in the Caribbean colonial setting of the 18th century
  • Jonas Schwiertz, Oldenburg University, “Agitator” and “Trouble Maker”: The Expulsion of Gottlob Fischer from the Moravian Church
SESSION 2: Presentations

  • Katherine Faull, Bucknell University, Experiencing the Digital: Moravian Lives in a Time of Separation
  • Grant McAllister, Wake Forest University, Odes to the Schreiber Collegium: a Textual Communion
  • Stephanie McCormick-Goodhart, Independent Scholar, Moravian Footsteps: Single Sister, Missing Persons and Bastardy Bonds


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

8:30 – 10:00 am SESSION 3: Lecture, Film and Participation

Singing Box 331:  Re-Sounding Eighteenth-Century Mohican Hymns from the Moravian Archives
  • Sarah Eyerly, Florida State University
  • Rachel Wheeler, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
10:30 – 12:00 Noon SESSION 4: Presentations

  • Nicole Crabbe, Moravian Archives, Winston-Salem, My Dear Miss Fries: The Correspondence of Archivist Adelaide Fries, 1911-1949
  • Rowena McClinton, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Early Nineteenth Century Voices of Cherokee Converts, Second Principal Chief Charles Renatus Hicks and Margaret Scott Vann Crutchfield: Sharing Their Concerns with Moravian Missionaries about the Cherokee Land Base
SESSION 5: Presentations

  • Stewart Carter and Kirk Lyons, Wake Forest University, Whatever Happened to Julius Leinbach’s Cornet?
  • John Watson, Independent Scholar, A Moravian Piano Gains a Voice and Speaks About Its Mid-18th Century Origins
  • C. Riddick Weber, Moravian College, Brother Bowles and the Builders in the Basement
12:00 Noon – 1:15 pm Lunch Roundtable


Moderator: Paul Peucker

Lunch Roundtable


Moderator: Nola Reed Knouse

1:30 – 3:00 pm SESSION 6: Presentations

  • Christoph Beck, Independent Scholar, Sexual Counseling and Pastoral Care: Peter Swertner’s essay about the nocturnal seminal flow (1779)
  • Pieter Boon, University of the Free State, South Africa, Self-Sacrificing Ministry or Fundraiser? Moravian Ministry to South Africa’s Leprosy Institution in the 19th Century
  • Stephen McGeary, Florida Atlantic University, Fanaticism and Funding: Obeah Acts in Jamaican Moravian Missionary Communities, 1834-1850
SESSION 7: Presentations

  • Alice Caldwell, University of Bridgeport, What Lutherans (and Other Denominations) Can Learn from the Moravian Lovefeast
  • Mary Kategile, Teofilo Kisanji University, The Heritage of Music in the Mission of Women in the Moravian Church in Tanzania
  • Donna Rothrock, Salem College, The Salem Band at 250


Thursday, April 22, 2021

8:30 – 10:00 am SESSION 8: Presentations

  • Jared Burkholder, Grace College, Digging out the Well: Herrnhut in the Pentecostal Imagination
  • Chaz Snider, Calvary Moravian Church, Bonhoeffer a Bohemian Brethren? Moravian Influence in the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Jill Vogt, Moravian Church, Herrnhut, The Readings for Holy Week: History, Practice, and Spiritual Relevance
SESSION 9: Presentations

  • Claudia Mai, Unity Archives, Herrnhut, Stammtafeln: Allegorical Representations of Moravian Congregations as an Archival Object and Source
  • Wilson Nkumba, Teofilo Kisanji University, The Beginning of the Moravian Church in Western Tanzania
  • Lorraine Parsons, Moravian Archives, London, Digitization of the Lantern Slides of Moravian Missions
10:00 – 11:30 am SESSION 10: Panel

Medical Knowledge, the Church, and a Chapel: Moravians and Global Connections, 1750-1970
  • Heikki Lempa (Panel Chair), Moravian College, Moravian Medical Knowledge in a Global Context: The Case of Christian Oldendorp, 1721-1787
  • Jenna Gibbs, Florida International University, Multi-Racial Culture and the Challenge of Apartheid: The Moravian Chapel in District Six, Cape Town, 1800-1966
  • Felicity Jensz, University of Münster, Moravian Church in the Aftermath of WWI: Global Connections
SESSION 11: Presentations

  • Devandré Boonzaaier, University of Fort Hare, The Moravian Music Heritage in South Africa
  • Tom Gordon, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Christian Ignatius LaTrobe in Labrador
  • Mark Turner, Memorial University, The Transmission of the Moravian Labrador Inuit Wind Tradition After 1959
Lunch Break
1:00 – 3:00 pm SESSION 12: Panel

The Moravians and Eighteenth-Century Politics
  • Christina Petterson (Panel Chair), Australian National University
  • Josef Köstlbauer, University of Bremen, Subjects, Serfs, and Slaves: Semantics and Practices of Dependence
  • Paul Peucker, Moravian Archives, Bethlehem, Zinzendorf on Church and State
  • Benjamin Pietrenka, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Bodies of Dissimilarity: Transporting Moravian Notions of Equality to the New World
SESSION 13: Presentations

  • David Blum, Moravian Music Foundation, Beethoven among the Moravians
  • Jewel Smith, University of Cincinnati, The Van Vleck Sisters: Dynamic Moravian Musical Women


Friday, April 23, 2021

9:30 – 11:30 am SESSION 14: Panel

Brothers and Sisters: Moravian Identity and Community within Eighteenth-Century Protestantism
  • Alexander Schunka (Panel Chair), Freie Universität Berlin, Brethren’s Commons: Resource Management and Community Building in the Early Years of Moravian Bethlehem
  • Lennart Gard, Freie Universität Berlin, “Beloved Brother”, “Angelic Sister”: Religious Semantics of ‘Brother’ and ‘Sister’ in Early Eighteenth-Century Protestantism
  • Michael Leemann, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, The Limits of Spiritual Kinship: Race and Religion in the Moravian Mission to the Danish West Indies, 1750–1770
SESSION 15: Panel

New Perspectives on Material Culture
  • Scott Gordon (Panel Chair), Lehigh University, The Puzzle of Signatures
  • Laurence Libin, Metropolitan Museum of Art (retired), Three Spinets from David Tannenberg’s Workshop
  • Christopher Malone, Winterthur, Within and Without: Strangers in a Communal World
  • Mark Turdo, Museum of the American Revolution, The Best Mode: Moravian Mission Material Culture
Lunch Break Book Roundtable

Moravian Soundscapes: A Sonic History of the Moravian Missions in Early Pennsylvania

Author: Sarah Eyerly
Moderator: Heikki Lempa

  • Tanya Kevorkian, Millersville University
  • Nola Reed Knouse, Moravian Music Foundation
  • Rachel Wheeler, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
1:00 – 2:30 pm Concert

Beethoven in Bethlehem

presented by Moravian Music Foundation
Introduction by Nola Reed Knouse

Saturday, April 24, 2021

10:00 – 11:30 am SESSION 16: Presentations

  • Craig Atwood, Moravian Theological Seminary, Confronting or Avoiding the Challenges of American Culture Since 1957? An Examination of the Synods of the Northern Province
  • Peter Vogt, Moravian Church, Herrnhut, The Victorious Lamb: History, Iconography, and Theology of the Moravian Seal
  • Fabian Zubia-Schultheis, Biblioteca Nacional de Argentina, The Influence of the Brüdergemeindekolonie Sarepta Among the German Protestant Colonies of the Volga
SESSION 17: Presentations

  • Christina Ekström, University of Gothenburg, Scandinavian Perspectives on Women’s Musicking within the Moravian Church
  • Nola Reed Knouse, Moravian Music Foundation, A Moravian Music Timeline
  • Dianne McMullen, Union College, Eighteenth-Century Halle Pietists and Herrnhut Brethren in Sound: Aural Vignettes from Freylinghausen 1741 and Gregor 1784
Lunch Break Center for Moravian Studies presentation
‘David A. Schattschneider Award of Merit’
1:00 – 3:00 pm Keynote Lecture

Conversion and Conflict: Christian Ignatius Latrobe Visits South Africa, 1807-1816

presented by Moravian Historical Society
Jenna Gibbs, Florida International University