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First Name
Kelly
Last Name
Douma-Kaelin
Affiliation
The Pennsylvania State University
Website URL
https://history.la.psu.edu/directory/ked17
Keywords
Religion, Pietism, Migration, German, 18th-Century, Early Modern
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About Me

For the 2020-2021 academic year, I am a Fulbright Fellow in residence at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenb├╝ttel, Germany. My dissertation, “To Be Proposed as Useful: Religion, Gender, and Migration in the Eighteenth Century Moravian Church”, focuses on gender, sexuality, and marriage within the early modern Moravian Church with broader implications for what I consider the early modern German world. I particularly focus on the ways in which women were able to migrate throughout Europe and the Atlantic world through the avenues created by the Church, which in its own way exploited pre-existing imperial structures. Given this theoretical and imperial infrastructure, women from the peripheral areas of east central Europe were able to become part of a global missionary enterprise. I explore how Moravian women navigated both these systems and the institution of marriage in a Moravian theological context to become some of the most forgotten but pervasive German migrants in the eighteenth century. In a larger sense, this project is also about how an ethnic German population that was not a state nor an imperial power could still participate in the imperial project.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Germany
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, Germany, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Migration & Immigration, Religion, Sexuality, Women