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Jun.-Prof. Dr. Stanislau Paulau

Affiliated scholar


Personal Details:

Born in 1989 in Mogilev, Belarus. Stanislau Paulau studied Theology and Religious Studies in Minsk, Berlin, Göttingen and Addis Abeba. He holds a Master’s degree in Orthodox Theology and Religious Studies from the Belarusian State University (2012) and a Master’s degree in Intercultural Theology from the University of Göttingen (2014). 2016 he obtained a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Interreligious Studies from the University of Geneva. 2019 Stanislau Paulau received a doctoral degree (summa cum laude) from the University of Göttingen for a dissertation under the title: “The Other Christianity. Towards an Entangled Transconfessional History of Ethiopian Orthodoxy and European Protestantism”.
Stanislau Paulau was a scholarship holder of Klaus Murmann Fund of the Foundation of German Business (2013–2016), of the Alfred Toepfer Trust F.V.S. (2016–2018) as well as of the program “Dialogue/Perspectives: Religions and World views in Conversation” of the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Scholarship Fund (2015–2016).
Since March 2019, he was research associate at the Leibniz Institute for European History (IEG) in Mainz. As of 1 October 2022, Stanislau Paulau was appointed Junior Professor of Global Christian History with a focus on Orthodoxy (W1 with tenure-track to W2) at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

Research Interests:

Theology and history of the Orthodox and Oriental churches in modern era (Eastern Europe, Northeast Africa, and the Middle East)
Entangled and global history of Christianity
History of the ecumenical movement
Interconfessionality and transconfessionality
Intercultural Theology

Selected Publications:

Stanislau Paulau / Martin Tamcke (eds.), Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity in a Global Context. Entanglements and Disconnections (Texts and Studies in Eastern Christianity 24), Leiden / Boston 2022. Open Access: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004505254
Das andere Christentum. Zur transkonfessionellen Verflechtungsgeschichte von äthiopischer Orthodoxie und europäischem Protestantismus (Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Europäische Geschichte, Abteilung für Abendländische Religionsgeschichte 262), Göttingen 2021. Open Access: https://doi.org/10.13109/9783666336041
Neuvermessung der Ränder des Orbis Christianus. Die Ambivalente Marginalität des äthiopischen Christentums in der protestantischen Wahrnehmung des 16. Jahrhunderts, in: Henning P. Jürgens / Christian Volkmar Witt (eds.), An den Rand gedrängt – den Rand gewählt. Marginalisierungsstrategien in der Frühen Neuzeit (Leucorea-Studien zur Geschichte der Reformation und der Lutherischen Orthodoxie 41), Leipzig 2021, 75–95.
Visions of Resettlement and Contested Belongings. Letters of Pavel Cicianov to Mar Shemʿon XVI Yohannan and Mar Yohannan of Urmia in the Context of Early Contacts between East Syriac Christianity and Imperial Russia, in: Martin Tamcke / Egbert Schlarb (Hg.), Überleben, Pilgern, Begegnen im orientalischen Christentum. Festschrift für Wolfgang Hage zum 85. Geburtstag (Göttinger Orientforschungen I. Reihe: Syriaca 60), Wiesbaden 2020, 201–210.
A Search for Traces: Karl Rahner in the USSR, in: Philosophy and Theology 32, 1&2 (2020): 283–289.

Research projects:

Leibniz Research Alliance "Value of the Past"

The Leibniz Research Alliance "The Value of the Past" investigates the significance of the past for societies in the past and present. The first phase runs from 1 September 2021 until 31 August 2025.

Transconfessional Mobility. The Russian Orthodox Mission and East Syrian Christianity in Iran, 1898–1918

The Russian-Iranian-Ottoman border region became a contact zone of transregional importance in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This trans-imperial space was characterised not least by the fact that the power-political dispute over influence in Central Asia was fought out there. For the first time, the negotiations of religious difference between Russian Orthodoxy and East Syrian Christianity and their interactions were analysed. The project is completed.