Finn Schulze-Feldmann

PhD Student

finn.schulzefeldmann@postgrad.sas.ac.uk
 

The Reception of the Sibylline Prophecies in the Context of the Reformation

Supervisors: Guido Giglioni, Alastair Hamilton


Research interests

Cultural History| History of Religion| History of Ideas| Reformation Studies

Funding

2017–2018 Yvonne Hackenbrock Student Support Fund

2015–2017 Saxl Fund Trustees Doctoral Bursary

2015–2017 Scholarship from the Spalding Trust

Profile

Finn Schulze-Feldmann’s doctoral research focuses on the reception of the Sibylline oracles in the context of the Reformation, particularly the willingness with which the Sibyls were absorbed into the European culture of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, as Christian prophets of pagan origin; and the theological debates about the appropriation of the Sibylline oracles as divine testimonies.

After completing a BA in History and Musicology at the University of Potsdam, Finn obtained an MA in Cultural and Intellectual History from the Warburg Institute, London.

Teaching

2015–2016 ‘Reformation or Reformation movements? The Sixteenth Century in Southern Germany’ at the Universität Potsdam 

2014–2015 German for academic purposes at the Warburg Institute

Publications

— Cultural Encounters. Cross-disciplinary studies from the Late Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, ed. J. Christie, L. Gay, F. Schulze-Feldmann et al. (forthcoming, New York: Vernon Press, 2018)

—  ‘Frenzied Sibyls and most venerable prophets. Sebastian Castellio’s struggle with the Biblical canon and the responses within the Reformation camp’, in Inexcusabiles. The Debate on Salvation and the Virtues of the Pagans in the Early Modern Period (1595–1772), ed. A. Frigo & G. Giglioni, forthcoming, Dordrecht: Springer

— ‘The Sibyls at the Gateway to the Renaissance. The Representation of Sibyl Cycles in Fifteenth-Century Europe’, Bruniana & Campanelliana, XXIII.1 (2017), 203–209.

— ‘Kurfürst Joachim II. 1535–1571. Gedrucktes Gedächtnis’, in Die Hohenzollern in Brandenburg. Gesichter einer Herrschaft, ed. T. Fischbacher, Regensburg: Friedrich Pustet, 2015, 72–79

— ‘Kurfürst Johann Sigismund 1608–1619. Eigener Glaube und dynastische Zugehörigkeit’, in Die Hohenzollern in Brandenburg. Gesichter einer Herrschaft, ed. T. Fischbacher, Regensburg: Friedrich Pustet, 2015, 102–111

Conference and Seminar papers

‘Unsanctified Dogma. Popular Belief, Devotional Dissent and Clerical Silence at the Eve of the Reformation’, Medieval History Seminar at the German Historical Institute London, 12–14 October 2017

 ‘The Sibyl as a champion of tolerance? The 1545/46 editions of the Sibylline oracles as an Italian-German effort to promote religious reconciliation’, Annual Sixteenth-Century Society Conference, Bruges (Belgium), 18 August 2017

 ‘Persisting devotional practices as a challenge for the established churches. The discrepancy between dogma and belief in early modern Christendom’, The Rethinking of Religious Belief in the Making of Modernity, 30 May–1 June 2017

 ‘Frenzied Sibyls and most venerable prophets. Sebastian Castellio’s struggle with the Biblical canon and the responses within the Reformation camp’, Director’s Work in Progress Seminar, The Warburg Institute, 10 May 2017

‘The Sibylline lore in the century of the Reformation’, Postgraduate Conference at the German Historical Institute London, 12 January 2017

 ‘Sebastian Castellio (1515–1563) and the Legacy of the Sibyl. The Impact of Non-Christian Prophecies on His Theology and the Sixteenth-Century Debate about Religious Tolerance’, EMPHASIS (Early Modern Philosophy and the Scientific Imagination) Seminar, University of London, 7 January 2017 

‘Gentile Prophetesses and Christian Apocalyptic. The Sibylline lore at the dawn of the Reformation’, Conference ‘Shifting Cultures and Rituals in the Medieval Mediterranean’, Institute for Advance Study, Konstanz (Germany), 18–20 July 2016

Conference organisation

The Warburg Institute Postgraduate Symposium, Singular Acts: The Role of the Individual in the Transformation of Collective Culture, The Warburg Institute, London, 16 November 2017.

 The Warburg Institute Postgraduate Symposium, Cultural Encounters: Tensions and Polarities of Transmission from the Late Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, The Warburg Institute, London, 17 November 2016