Dr. Urszula Pękala
Member of the academic staff, Department "Abendländische Religionsgeschichte"Room: 04-18, Diether-von-Isenburg-Str. 9-11, 55116 Mainz (Besucheranschrift)
Phone: +49 6131 39 39359
Fax: +49 6131 39 30153
PhD scholarship from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung(2005-2010). Managing editor for theology and religious studies at an international academic publishing company (2010). Since 2011 researcher at the IEG.
2016 Karl-Ferdinand-Werner-Fellowship at the German Historical Institute in Paris. 2014-2016 coordination of the German-Polish research network »Struggeling for Reconciliation. The Interplay between Religion and Politics in the German-Polish Relations 1945-2010« (joint project of the IEG and the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw; financed by the German-Polish Science Foundation).
Current research projects:
Between Theological Positions and National-Political Interests. Catholic Bishops as Actors in the German-French and German-Polish Reconciliation after World War II (1945-1990)
Dr. Urszula Pękala investigates in her project the interdependence of religious and political factors in two bilateral reconciliation processes after World War II – the German-French and the German-Polish. It employs an actors-focused perspective which centers on Catholic bishops.
The research training group examines reactions in the process of European unification, as well as the repercussions and activities that the process gave rise to in the area of the churches. The project also focuses on the efforts of the churches to insert religious concepts of values into the political processes.