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PD Dr. Kęstutis Daugirdas

Affiliated scholar, scientific Director of Johannes-a-Lasco-Library


Personal Details:

*1973 in Kaunas, Lithuania. 1993–1999 Studies of Protestant Theologie in Frankfurt/M and Mainz. 1999–2001 Ministry in Evangelical-Reformed Church of Lithuania (Unitas Lituaniae). 2001–2003 Fellowship at Institute of European History Mainz. 2003–2010 Assistant Professor at Faculty of Protestant Theology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. 2007 doctoral thesis in Protestant Theology. 2009 J.F. Gerhard Goeters-Award for the doctoral thesis.
Since 2010–2017 scientific employee at Institute of European History Mainz, project Controversia et Confessio. From 2012–2017 leader of the project Socinian networks and their influence on the European Enlightenment. In 2016, he was habilitated at the University of Tübingen with a thesis on socianism. His habilitation thesis "The beginnings of Socianianism" has been published in the series "Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Europäische Geschichte".

Research focuses

Biblical hermeneutics in the 16th and 17th centuries
Scientific networks in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries
History of the Reformation in Poland-Lithuania

Current research projects:

»Controversia et Confessio«

The long-term research and editorial project "Controversia et Confessio" has been based at and supported by the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz since 2007. It is integrated into the research programme of the Leibniz Institute of European History and also involves the cooperation of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel.

Socinian Networks and their Influence on the Early Enlightenment

The project was based on the assumption that the biblical hermeneutics and anthropology of the Socinians were based on human reason and aimed to dissolve the confessional order.