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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

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Personal Details:

Born in 1978 in Cracow, Poland; MA in Catholic Theology at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow (1997-2002); there also Licentiate of Sacred Theology (2002-2004); PhD at the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg (2005-2010).
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).

Memberships

European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (ESITIS)
Polish Society for Theology (PTT)

Research interests

Processes of reconciliation in Europe after the Second World War
Reconciliation in systematic theology
Polish-German and German-French relations within the Catholic Church
Interfaith dialogue

Selected publications

Eine Offenbarung – viele Religionen. Die Vielfalt der Religionen aus christlicher Perspektive auf der Grundlage des Offenbarungsbegriffs Wolfhart Pannenbergs [One Revelation – Many Religions. Religious Diversity from the Christian Point of View on the Basis of Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Revelation Notion], (Series Bonner Dogmatische Studien, vol. 48), Echter: Würzburg 2010.
The Abuse of Forgiveness in Dealing with Legacies of Violence, in: Tim McKenry, Charlotte Bruun Thingholm, Forgiveness: Philosophy, Psychology and the Arts, Inter-Disciplinary Press: Oxfordshire 2013, pp. 77-84.
Wechselwirkungen von Religion und Politik beim Briefwechsel der polnischen und deutschen Bischöfe 1965 [The Interplay between Religion and Politics in the 1965 Correspondence between the Polish and German Bishops]. In: »Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte« 26 (2013), vol. 2, pp. 468-485.
Theologische Annäherungen an Auschwitz in Deutschland und Polen. Zwei Parallelwelten? [Theological Approaches to Auschwitz in Germany and Poland. Two Parallel Worlds?], in: A. Chylewska-Tölle, Ch. Heidrich (eds.): Mäander des Kulturtransfers. Polnischer und deutscher Katholizismus im 20. Jahrhundert (Series: Wissenschaftliche Reihe des Collegium Polonicum, vol. 22), Logos: Berlin 2014, pp. 107-126.
Versöhnungsasymmetrien. Die deutsch-polnische und die deutsch-französische Versöhnung nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg [Assymetries of Reconciliation. The German-Polish and German-French Reconciliation after the World War II], in: A. Chylewska-Tölle (ed.), Perspektiven eines Dialogs. Studien zu deutsch-polnischen Transferprozessen im religiösen Raum (Series: Thematicon, Bd. 28), Logos: Berlin 2016, pp. 83-99.

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.

Research Training Group: "The Christian Churches and the Challenge of 'Europe'"

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.