„On the Borderline“ – Prague-Marburg Summer School of Theology

10. 1On 6-9 May 2019 the first Prague-Marburg Summer School of Theology took place at the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague. Four Czech students and five German ones met together under the direction of Prof. Dr. Malte D. Krüger (Marburg) and Dr. Petr Gallus (Prague) in order to exchange views on the wide-ranging theme of borders.

And not only on the theoretical level. Apart from extensive discussions on theological, philosophical, and political texts relating to the theme, each with an introduction by one of the participants, the students also had the experience of crossing several borders empirically, at first hand. The German participants had to cross the state border – for some of them it was the first time they had been in the Czech Republic; all of them had to overcome language barriers (the seminar took place mainly in German, but also partly in English); and as part of the seminar the whole group took part in two excursions, firstly a visit to the Jewish quarter in Prague, and secondly a tour of Protestant Prague with a commentary by the church history specialist, Associate Professor Ota Halama.

 10.It is planned to continue the project of the Prague-Marburg Summer School with further regular meetings. The theme of borders turned out to be a good choice and will continue to accompany the entire project, as it promises to provide interesting points for further discussion. While the first meeting examined the phenomenology or topography of the border theme, the next time the theme will have a more concrete focus. It has already been decided that the next joint seminar will take place in Marburg in October 2020. The seminar in Prague was an excellent start to the project, and we hope for equally interesting and friendly meetings and discussions in the future.

 Petr Gallus