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Prof. Dr. Judith Becker

Affiliated scholar, Project "People – Images – One World. Images of People in German-speaking Missionary Journals from Imperial Germany"
Room: Seit 1.10.2017 lehrt Judith Becker am Lehrstuhl für Mittlere und Neuere Christentumsgeschichte / Reformationsgeschichte der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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Personal Details:

Born in 1971 in Schwelm. Studied Protestant Theology, Philosophy and History in Bochum, Wuppertal and Paris. 1999: First Theological Examination/Diploma; 2002: Second Theological Examination; 2006: Dr. theol. at Ruhr-Universität Bochum; 2014: Habilitation (Department of Protestant Theology, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz).
1999–2000: member of the academic staff at the Chair of Reformation History and Modern Church History and at the Chair of North American History, Ruhr-Universität Bochum; 2000–2003: period of ministry; 2003–2006: received a doctoral scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes; 2006–2007: assistant at the Chair of Historical Theology, Ruprecht Karls University, Heidelberg.
2007–2017: member of the academic staff at the IEG.
2010–2012: holder of a scholarship from the Fast Track Programme of the Robert Bosch Stiftung
2010-2014: project leader of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research young academics group Transfer und Transformation der Europabilder evangelischer Missionare im Kontakt mit dem Anderen, 1700-1970. Humanities young academics group: Europa von außen gesehen.
2015/16 Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala.
Dissertation received the following awards: 2006 Caspar-Olevian-Preis, 2007 J. F. Gerhard Goeters-Preis.
Since October 2017: Professor at the Faculty of Theology at the Humboldt University Berlin.

Research focuses

The hardening and overcoming of difference: shared humanity from multiple religious perspectives
European religion in contact zones beyond Europe: missionary history
The transformation of European value concepts and spirituality in contact with the “other”
Religious conversion
Formation of the protestant confessions, religious migration
Protestant church orders of the Reformation period

Memberships

Editor: "Churches and religious cultures. Protestantism", Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit Online
Member of the circle of editors of the Edition Reformierter Bekenntnisschriften
Member of the academic advisory board of the Europäische Melanchthon-Akademie Bretten

Publications (selection)

Conversio im Wandel: Basler Missionare zwischen Europa und Südindien und die Ausbildung einer Kontaktreligiosität, 1834–1860 (VIEG 238), Göttingen 2015.
Gemeindeordnung und Kirchenzucht. Johannes a Lascos Kirchenordnung für London (1555) und die reformierte Konfessionsbildung (SMRT 122), Leiden u.a. 2007.
(ed.), European Missions in Contact Zones. Transformation through Interaction in a (Post-)Colonial World, (VIEG Beiheft 107), Göttingen 2015.
Individualisierung durch Bekehrung? Erfahrungen Basler Missionare in Indien in der ersten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts, in: Wolfgang Reinhard/Martin Fuchs/Antje Linkenbach-Fuchs (Hg.), Individualisierung durch christliche Mission?, Wiesbaden 2015, 187-203.
Die Rolle der Obrigkeit in reformierten Kirchenordnungen der Frühen Neuzeit, in: Heinrich de Wall (Hg.), Reformierte Staatslehre in der Frühen Neuzeit (Historische Forschungen 102), Berlin 2014, 235-261.

Current research projects:

People – Images – One World. Images of People in German-speaking Missionary Journals from Imperial Germany

This project from Judith Becker is dedicated to investigating visual constructions and representations of one’s “own” and of “foreign” in religious publications in Imperial Germany.