Conference Program “Humanity – a History of European Concepts in Practice”

Convenors:    Fabian Klose and Mirjam Thulin as well as all members                                      of the Leibniz Institute of European History Research Area II

Venue:            Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz, Germany

Date:               October 8 to 10, 2015

2015-10-08 -10  Poster Humanity

Conference Program

Thursday, October 8, 2015

16:00: Welcome and Introduction, Johannes Paulmann (Mainz), Fabian Klose (Mainz), Mirjam Thulin (Mainz)

16:30-17:30: Keynote Lecture: Humankind from Division to Recomposition, Francisco Bethencourt (London)

18:00 Dinner


Friday, October 9, 2015

09:00-10:30: Panel I: Morality and Human Dignity, Part I: Early Modern Concepts

  • Humanism and Its Humanitas. The Transition from humanitas Christiana to humanitas politica in the Political Writings of Erasmus, Mihai-D. Grigore (Mainz)
  • All People have Reason and Free Will. The Debate about the Nature of the Indigenous Americans in the 16th Century, Mariano Delgado (Fribourg)
  • Chair: Jorge Luengo (Mainz)
  • Commentary: Wolfgang Schmale (Vienna)

10:30-11:00: Coffee Break

11:00-13:00: Panel II: Morality and Human Dignity, Part II: Modern Concepts

  • Humanitarianism before Humanitarianism? Spanish Discourses on Slavery, c. 16th to 19th Centuries, Thomas Weller (Mainz)
  • Conceptions of Humanity in Nineteenth Century German Protestant Missions, Judith Becker (Uppsala/Mainz)
  • Chair: Katharina Stornig (Mainz)
  • Commentary: Johannes Paulmann (Mainz)

13:00-14:00: Lunch Break

14:00-15:30: Panel III: Social Inequalities

  • Global Justice: Equal Rights of All Members of the Human Family, Gerhard Kruip (Mainz)
  • Between Christian Solidarity and Human Solidarity: „Humanity” and the Mobilization of Aid for “Distant Children” in Catholic Europe, c. 1840-1930, Katharina Stornig (Mainz)
  • Chair: Thomas Weller (Mainz)
  • Commentary: Gregor Feindt (Mainz)

15:30-16:00: Coffee Break

16:00-18:00: Panel IV: Violence and International Law

  • „A War of Justice and Humanity“ – Abolition and Establishing “Humanity” as an International Norm, Fabian Klose (Mainz)
  • Fulfilling the Marten’s Clause: the Debate to Develop Crimes Against Humanity, Kerstin von Lingen (Heidelberg)
  • Humanity as a Polemical Concept within the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Esther Möller (Mainz)
  • Chair: Bernhard Gißibl (Mainz)
  • Comment: Martin Aust (Bonn)

18:30               Dinner


Saturday, October 10, 2015

09:00-11:00: Panel V: Philanthropy

    • Justice and Charity: The Concept of Zedakah in Judaism, Mirjam Thulin (Mainz)
    • „Humanity“ and the Social Implications of Pietism in German Reformed Communities, Peter Yoder (Berry College, USA)
    • Charity, bienfaisance, solidarietà. The “Appeal to Humanity” in International Masonic Relations, Joachim Berger (Mainz)
    • Chair: Judith Becker (Uppsala/Mainz)
    • Commentary: Manfred Sing (Mainz)

11:00-11:15: Coffee Break

11:15-12:15: Keynote Lecture II, Paul Betts (Oxford)

12:15-13:00: Final discussion: Johannes Paulmann (Mainz)

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