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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Irene Dingel

Director, Department Abendländische Religionsgeschichte 2005–2022
Room: Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Projekt »Europäische Religionsfrieden Digital« (EuReD), Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 2, 55131 Mainz


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. 1998-2022: Professorship of Church History and History of Dogma at the Faculty of Protestant Theology, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. 2005-2022: Director of the IEG.

Since April 2022 Senior Research Professor of the Johannes Gutenberg University and the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz.

Information of Professor Dingel's current research and publications can be found on her personal websites of JGU and the Academy of Sciences and Literature, see the links in the right-hand column.

Research Interests:

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


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.

European Religious Peace Agreements - A Digital Edition (EuReD)

The long-term project "European Religious Peace Digital" was approved within the framework of the Academies Programme jointly funded by the federal and state governments. It is being carried out at the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz in cooperation with the Leibniz Institute for European History (IEG) and at the University and State Library Darmstadt (ULB).

ReIReS - Research Infrastructure on Religious Studies

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

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.

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

The research training group examined 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 focused on the efforts of the churches to insert religious concepts of values into the political processes.