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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 (2012–2021)
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:

Vielfalt – Ordnung – Einheit. Kirchengeschichtliche Studien zur Frühen Neuzeit, hg. v. Henning P. Jürgens, Christopher Voigt-Goy, Christian V. Witt, Göttingen 2021 (Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Europäische Geschichte Mainz. Abt. für Abendländische Religionsgeschichte Beih. 133).
Irene Dingel, Michael Rohrschneider, Inken Schmidt-Voges, Siegrid Westphal und Joachim Whaley (Hg.), Handbuch Frieden im Europa der Frühen Neuzeit / Handbook of Peace in Early Modern Europe, Berlin Boston 2021.
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.

European Religious Peace Agreements - A Digital Edition (EuReD)

Long-term project at the Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz in cooperation with the Leibniz-Institute of European History Mainz and the University and State Library Darmstadt
Project leaders: Prof. Dr. Irene Dingel (IEG Mainz) and Prof. Dr. Thomas Stäcker (ULB Darmstadt)

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 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.