Zinzendorf als Lehrer der Všlker, by Johann Valentin Haidt, ca. 1747. Credit: Courtesy of the Moravian Archives Postfach 21, 02745 HERRNHUT, GERMANY Leading scholars from around the world will convene at Moravian College's Hurd Campus on Friday October 10 for a two-day Biennial Conference on Moravian History and Culture.

This biennial conference is sponsored by Moravian College, the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, and the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Pietism at the University of Halle, Germany. The conference will examine the history and culture of the Moravians (also known as Unitas Fratrum or Herrnhuters) within their context.

Thirty-four leading scholars participating from North America, Nicaragua, South Africa, Denmark, United Kingdom, and Germany, will present papers on a wide range of topics encompassing the founding of the renewed Moravian Church in Herrnhut, Saxony, in 1722, the establishment of a transatlantic Moravian network and its preservation throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, and more recent Moravian history in the 20th century. The specific themes for this conference are:

  • Moravians and Native Americans
  • Rituals and Practices
  • The Historical Self-Concept of the Moravians
  • Encounters with Foreign Worlds
  • Transatlantic Networks
  • The Origins of Subjectivity in Autobiography and Biography (Moravian Lebensläufe or Memoirs)

The Conference on Moravian History and Culture is a joint venture with the 8th Annual Moravian Music Conference, which starts a day earlier (October 9) and runs parallel to the conference on Friday. For other related events, registration, and detailed programs, please visit the web site: