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The Jonathan Edwards Center Germany was successfully inaugurated last week with an excellent talk by Prof. Thuesen and a day-long symposium on new directions in Jonathan Edwards studies.

We here at JEC Germany are especially interested in and excited by the connections that were made. Scholars from the U.S. and Germany, but also the U.K., Belgium, the Czech Republic, and elsewhere came to the Heidelberg Center for American Studies last week, shared, and connected. There were multiple conversations over the two days of the conference about how different projects can come together. How there are possibilities for mutual aid and cooperation, and how available resources and information can be shared.

More photos of the conference can be seen here.

Getting to the Jonathan Edwards Center Germany inauguration

The Heidelberg Center for American Studies, where the Jonathan Edwards inauguration and symposium will be held, is at Hauptstrasse 120.

It’s easy to get there from Bismarkplatz, which is a main square, centrally located. There are a large number of trolleys going to Bismarkplatz from the train station as well as other parts of the city. The HCA is about a 15 minute walk from Bismarkplatz. Map here.

Even easier, if you takebus #31 or #32 to Universitätsplatz, the HCA is around around the corner. The #32 leaves from the train station for Universitätsplatz every 10 minutes or so during the day throughout the week. Map here.

The building is well marked, and easily visible. Pictures of the outside of the building are online here.

If you need any assistance on the day you’re to arrive, feel free to call me at [deleted].

Look forward to seeing you all there!


— Daniel Silliman

Invitation to an inauguration

The Theology Faculty of the University of Heidelberg and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies cordially offer an open invitation to the inaugural lecture of the Jonathan Edwards Center Germany:

Peter J. Thuesen
Professor of Religious Studies
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
“Jonathan Edwards and the Transatlantic World of Books”

On: Wednesday, 11 July, 2012, 18:15
At: The Atrium of the Heidelberg Center for American Studies
Curt and Heidemarie Engelhorn Palais
Hauptstraße 120
69117 Heidelberg

To be followed by a reception.

A symposium will be held the next day, on Thursday, 12 July, on “New Avenues in Jonathan Edwards Studies and Eighteenth-Century Religious History,” in the Stucco at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies.

The full schedule:

Wednesday, 11 July
Kenneth P. Minkema (Yale Divinity School) and Jan Stievermann (Universität Heidelberg)
“What is the Jonathan Edwards Center?”

Peter J. Thuessen (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis)
“Jonathan Edwards and the Transatlantic World of Books”

Thursday, 12 July
“New Avenues in Jonathan Edwards Studies and Eighteenth-Century Religious History”

Hermann Wellenreuther (Universität Göttingen)
“Is Religion Affected by Atlantic Transfers in the Early Modern Period?”

Andreas Beck (Evangelische Theologische Fakulteit, Leuven)
“Jonathan Edwards and Reformed Orthodoxy on Free Will and Determinism”

Lunch Break

Sarah Rivett (Princeton University)
“Savage Sounds: Indigenous Words and Missionary Linguistics in New Light Theology”

Reiner Smolinski (Georgia State University)
“Cotton Mather and Jonathan Edwards and the Challenge of Philosophical Materialism”

Round Table
“New Projects and Archives in Eighteenth-Century Religious History”

To register for the lecture or the symposium, call the HCA at 06221/54-3710 or e-mail dsilliman@hca.uni-heidelberg.de by 1 July.