EuroStorie research seminar: Katharina Kunter 24.9.2021

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Time: Friday, 24 September 2021 at 1:00pm - 2:00pm EEST

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Protestant Narratives on Europe after 1945

In contrast to Catholicism in Europe, which quickly became a supporter of European Integration after 1945, Protestantism's attitude towards Europe was much more diverse and ambivalent. Federal ideas of Europe emerged during the Second World War in the context of the Ecumenical Movement, but did not enter the Protestant mainstream after 1945. Much more dominant, on the other hand, was a Eurosceptic narrative, which was represented above all by German and some Eastern European Protestants and in the World Council of Churches. The talk unfolds this as well as other Protestant narratives on Europe after 1945, such as the pan-European bridge-building idea of the Conference of European Churches or the pastoral interpretation of Europe among Protestants in Strasbourg and Brussels.

About the speaker

Katharina Kunter studied History and Protestant Theology at the Universities of Gießen and Heidelberg in Germany and is Professor for Contemporary Church History at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Helsinki.  Since her dissertation on the "Churches in the Helsinki Process", she has been researching the history and historical narratives of European Protestantism after 1945. For further information visit here.