Schleiermacher, the Study of Religion, and the Future of Theology: A Transatlantic Dialogue

Wednesday, October 29 to Friday, October 31
The Divinity School, University of Chicago


Saturday November 1
The Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Downtown Chicago


The past three decades have witnessed a significant transatlantic and trans-disciplinary resurgence of interest in the early nineteenth-century Protestant theologian and philosopher, Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834). As the first major Christian thinker to theorize religion in a post-Enlightenment context and re-conceive the task of theology accordingly, Schleiermacher holds a seminal place in the histories of modern Christian thought and the modern academic study of religion alike. Whereas his 'liberalism' and humanism have always made him a controversial figure among theological traditionalists, it is only recently that Schleiermacher's understanding of religion has become the target of polemics from Religious Studies scholars keen to disassociate their discipline from its partial origins in liberal Protestantism. The purpose of "Schleiermacher, the Study of Religion, and the Future of Theology" is to bring leading experts from Europe and North American together to probe the viability of key features of Schleiermacher's theological and philosophical program in light of its contested place in the study of religion.

The conference especially welcomes those traveling to the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (November 1-3) and encourages these visitors to extend their AAR hotel reservation accordingly (at the AAR special rate). You may do so by faxing the form at to 1-330-963-0319. Please list the Chicago Hilton Towers as your first and only choice, as this is the only conference hotel with the special rate available on Wednesday night. In the space for Other Special Requests, please note that you are participating in the Schleiermacher Conference.

Organizational support comes from the Schleiermacher Group of the AAR and Schleiermacher-Gesellschaft e.V. Funding has been provided by Stanford University, the Martin Marty Center of the University of Chicago Divinity School, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).