All rooms are equipped with an overhead projector
Rooms C, D, E, F, G and H (H only on Saturday): slide projector (framed slides, carrousel. There are extra carrousels available to set up your presentation in advance)
Rooms C, D, M, N, O, U and Committee Room 2: beamer to connect your laptop. You have to bring you own laptop. (If you want to use your Apple notebook, please contact us, as it may be incompatible.)
Rooms C, T and U: VCR
|Explaining Religious Revivalism in a Northern Karelian Village - A Microhistorical Approach |
|Much has been written on the subject why religious revivalism movements got support in certain regions or localities. Explanations vary from the frustration of the lower strata of the peasant society to the growing self-awareness of the peasants. Diverse changes in society, culture and economy have also been suggested to have caused religious revivalism. Also geographical factors have been brought up. Microhistory, however, puts the question differently: in stead of "Why here?" it asks "Why these people?" One can also apply a more holistic view of the conversion.
First, there were factors that made those who got into the revival interested in new views of the world. My studies on the village of Oravisalo in eastern Finland in the 1820's show that religious revivalism there probably had its roots in the low status and poor expectations of the future of those who got into the revival. They were mostly younger sons and daughters-in-law who had to leave the farm, servants and crofters. Some of them had had illegitimate children or constant quarrels with their neighbours but for the most part were quiet and honest people. These facts make it necessary to discuss their conversion from the psychological point of view. Second, there were factors that attracted them in the message and the character of the preacher, Henrik Renqvist. Third, certain conditions and circumstances were needed in order that they in practice could get into the revival. The fact that Oravisalo was located right next to the villages in the neighbouring parish where the revivalism got started and where many of the villagers had relatives was probably crucial for the outburst of the revival in the village. Furthermore, it appears that cases where an individual got into the revivalism movement without his or her family or its acceptance were very rare.|