6. Enlightenment in Global Networks
European culture is connected with the different areas of the world, and not only since the colonial era. Besides the missions and colonies in the Americas, in both Indias as well as in other parts of the world, a significant strain on the traditional powers and cultures, as well as hegemonic claims, can also always be found.
What can, aspires to or should be considered enlightened in the face of this global constellation? What should not? The topic “Enlightenment in global networks” will accordingly resituate these questions in relationship to missionary endeavours and colonialism.
‘The best thing we can do for our Indians is to Anglicise them in all agreeable Instances’: Missions to the New World and the Enlightenment
My project explores and compares writings about Native American peoples by European thinkers and missionaries in roughly the first half of the eighteenth century. The study of the complex relationship between religious and Enlightenment thought in the Atlantic world brings to light the intellectual and political processes which shaped the Enlightenment's conception of Man and religion.
“Mission” and Halle’s International Relations in the Sources of the 18th Century
At the beginning of the 18th century, a number of institutions were established in Halle to maintain the international public relations and the informal and personal networks of the so-called Francke Foundations.
Andreas Pečar, Damien Tricoire
For several decades, historians of ideas, philosophers, historians and philologists have discussed the question as to whether the origins of modern colonialism are to be found in the Enlightenment.
Enlightenment in Spain, Portugal and Latin America
The project aims to study the peculiarities of Enlightenment culture and literature in the Iberian Peninsula and in its colonies (Latin America).
Lumières vs. Illuminismo: the French and Italian Enlightenments in Conflict
The relationship between French and Italian Enlightenments can be described - at least at first sight - as the archetype of the conflict between center and periphery. Their respective importance seems clear: in the decades between 1740 and 1790, Paris is regarded across Europe as the imaginary center stage of an epochal discourse that reevaluates and reorganizes the knowledge of the world.