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Prof. Dr. Irene Dingel

Director, Department "Abendländische Religionsgeschichte" (executive Director)
Room: 03 302
Phone: +49 6131 39 39340
Fax: +49 6131 39 30153


Personal Details:

1974–1981: studies in Protestant theology and Romance languages in Heidelberg and Paris. 1981–1982: lecturer and "Élève à titre étranger" at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) de Fontenay-aux-Roses. 1982–1994: academic assistant at the Theology Faculty of Heidelberg University. 1986: awarded PhD. 1993: Habilitation in Heidelberg. 1994–1998: Professorship of Historical Theology at the department of Protestant Theology, Goethe-University, Frankfurt-on-Main. Since 1998: Professorship of Church History and History of Dogma at the Faculty of Protestant Theology, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. Since 2005: Director at the IEG.

Memberships (Selection):

Chairperson of the Scientific Commission of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities
Member of the German Council of Science and Humanities (2012–2018)
Member of Evaluation Committee of the German Council of Science and Humanities
Member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur , Mainz
Board member of the Verein für Reformationsgeschichte
Member of the University Council of Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
Member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Interdisziplinäres Institut für Kulturgeschichte der Frühen Neuzeit (IKFN) at the University of Osnabrück
Member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Scio-Stiftung für Kirchen- und
Member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Johannes a Lasco Library, Emden
Member of the UNESCO-Nomination Committee »Memory of the World«
Board member of the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Gesellschaft Hannover
Member of the Academic Advisory Commission of the Kalkhof-Rose-Stiftung of the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz
Member of the scientific advisory board of the Reformationsgeschichtliche Forschungsbibliothek Wittenberg
Member of the board of trustees of the Deutsche Literaturarchiv Marbach
Member of the directorate of the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften of the Goethe University in cooperation with the Werner Reimers Foundation

Research Interests:

Reformation and Confessionalisation
Early Enlightenment in its Western European context
The Churches and Europe (20th century)

Editorships (Selection):

Chief editor (with Johannes Paulmann) of the website European History Online (EGO) of the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz
Revue d’Histoire et de Philosophie Religieuses (Co-Editor)
Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Europäische Geschichte, Abteilung für Abendländische Religionsgeschichte (Editor)
Controversia et Confessio (Editor)
Quellen und Forschungen zur Reformationsgeschichte (Editor)
Reformed Historical Theology / Reformierte Historische Theologie (Co-Editor)
Leucorea-Studien zur Geschichte der Reformation und der Lutherischen Orthodoxie (Editor)
Zeitschrift für Kirchengeschichte (Co-Editor): Editor Reviews

Selected Publications:

Irene Dingel und Christiane Tietz (Hg.), Säkularisierung und Religion. Europäische Wechselwirkungen, Göttingen 2019 (Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Europäische Geschichte Mainz. Abt. für Abendländische Religionsgeschichte, Beiheft 123).
Irene Dingel, Reformation. Zentren – Akteure – Ereignisse, Göttingen 2016.
Robert Kolb, Irene Dingel, L’ubomír Batka (Hg.), The Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther’s Theology, Oxford 2014.
Controversia et Confessio. Theologische Kontroversen 1548-1577/80. Kritische Auswahledition, Göttingen 2008 ff.
Irene Dingel, Concordia controversa. Die öffentlichen Diskussionen um das lutherische Konkordienwerk am Ende des 16. Jahrhunderts, Gütersloh 1996 (Quellen und Forschungen zur Reformationsgeschichte 63).


Order of Merit of Rhineland-Palatinate
Hermann Sasse Award for the edition of the „Bekenntnisschriften der Evangelisch-Lutherischen Kirche“

Research projects:

"Controversia et Confessio". Digital Edition on Creed Formation and Confessionalization (1548–1580)

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.

ReIReS - Research Infrastructure on Religious Studies

The IEG is one of the cooperation partners of the Horizon 2020 funded project "Research Infrastructure on Religious Studies" (ReIReS). ReIReS is a starting community whose aim is to create a unique and groundbreaking research infrastructure on religious studies within the European Research Area.

Religious Peace Treaties in Europe as Legal Orders of Confessional Diversity in a Comparative Perspective

Overcoming those conflicts that had arisen from the denominational pluralisation of Europe since the Reformation represented a peculiar challenge for peacekeeping and peace building between 1500 and 1800. Important for this resolution of conflicts were the various decrees, edicts, capitulations and treaties by which secular, i.e. non-religious powers legally regulated the coexistence of different Christian belief systems since the 16th century.

Religious Preservation of Peace and Peace-making in Europe (1500–1800) – Digital Edition of Early Modern religious Peace Treaties

The edition provides for the first time the textual basis for comparative research on Early Modern religious peace-making in Europe. It includes detailed introductions and commentaries and covers the period from 1485 (Peace of Kuttenberg) to 1788 (so-called Woellner Edict of Religion).

Religious Toleration and Peace (RETOPEA)

Narratives on Europe today, are often characterised by conflicting views on the relationship between religion and society. However, historical dimensions of these narratives have often been neglected in sociological research, and at the same time, the voices of religious people remain largely absent from legal and political discourses. The RETOPEA project will carry out both research and innovation activities to tackle this challenge.