Monday, September 29, 2008

Symposium on Monarchy in Laufen

The first Monarchy Forum organized by the German Monarchist Society was held from 26 through 28 September 2008 in Laufen in Bavaria. The purpose of this conference was to set new courses that promote the interdisciplinary discourse among political sciences, jurisprudence, and historical sciences.

The symposium began on Friday evening with a welcome speech by the first governing mayor of Laufen, Mr. Hans Feil. Professor Dr. Karl Otmar Freiherr von Aretin followed immediately with a lecture on the “shipwreck of the Weimar Republic, resistance from 1932-33 in the Bavarian monarchist movement against the NS-regime, and the 1950-52 efforts towards the reintroduction of monarchy.” Freiherr von Aretin has lectured for many years at the Technical University of Darmstadt in the faculty for social and historical sciences. He is also the former director of the Institute for European History.

The next day, Dr. Götz Freiherr von Boyneburg-Lengsfeld-Dornkasch provided some future insight with his topic “relevance of inherited values for the 21st century.” The distinguished jurisprudent and historican Prof. Dr. Reinhard Heydenreuter talked about the legal status of the bavarian nobility after the year 1918.

On Sunday there was an opportunity for all participants to discuss and debate before the forum officially closed. Many questions remained unanswered, but the debate provided some suggestions for topics for the second Monarchy Forum in 2009.

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