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PD Dr. Christian V. Witt

Heisenberg fellow
Room: 04-16, Diether-von-Isenburg-Str. 9-11, 55116 Mainz (Besucheranschrift), Alte Universitätsstraße 19, 55116 Mainz (Postanschrift)
Phone: +49 6131 39 39406
Fax: +49 6131 39 21050


Personal Details:

Born 1980. Studied Protestant Theology, History and Educational Science in Wuppertal. 2006 Final Exam. 2006 to 2010 member of the academic staff at the Chairs of Church History at the Universities of Wuppertal, Bonn and Cologne. 2010 Dr. theol. at Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel. 2012 to 2017 Lecturer at the Chair of Systematic and Historical Theology at Bergische Universität Wuppertal. 2015 Habilitation at Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel.

2017 to 2018 member of the academic staff at the Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz. Since November 2017 editor for the issues Reformation/Church History at the online review journal sehepunkte. 2014 and 2018 teaching award of the Bergische Universität Wuppertal.

Since September 2018 Heisenberg Fellow of the German Research Foundation (DFG). In 2019 representation of Prof. Dr. Irene Dingel at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, 2020 appointment as lecturer in the subject Church History there.

Since the winter term 2021/22 representation of the Chair of Church History I - Institute of Late Medieval and Reformation Studies at the Faculty of Protestant Theology of the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen.


German Research Foundation Network "Confessio im Konflikt. Religiöse Selbst- und Fremdwahrnehmung im 17. Jahrhundert"
German Research Foundation Network "Lutherische Orthodoxie revisited"
German Research Foundation Network "Religion im Plural. Wahrnehmung religiöser Differenzierung im Spiegel der Künste, Theologien und Gesellschaft im langen 19. Jahrhundert"
Gesellschaft zur Herausgabe des Corpus Catholicorum
Forschungsplattform Frühe Neuzeit der JGU Mainz
Verein für Reformationsgeschichte
Verein für Rheinische Kirchengeschichte
Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Theologie, Sektion Kirchengeschichte
Societas Mediaevistica

Research focuses:

History of the Church and Theology of the Middle Ages and the Reformation
Adoptions and transformations of concepts of nation in the theology of the High and Late Middle Ages
Contemporary Church History in its European contexts
History of theological concepts
History of protestant diaspora communities
History of Canon Law and Theology of Marriage and Sexuality
History and Concept of Theological Church Historiography

Selected Publications:

Protestanten. Das Werden eines Integrationsbegriffs in der Frühen Neuzeit (Beiträge zur historischen Theologie Bd. 163), Tübingen 2011.
Martin Luthers Reformation der Ehe. Sein theologisches Eheverständnis vor dessen augustinisch-mittelalterlichem Hintergrund (Spätmittelalter, Humanismus, Reformation Bd. 95), Tübingen 2017.
Lutherische „Orthodoxie“ als historisches Problem. Leitidee, Konstruktion und Gegenbegriff von Gottfried Arnold bis Ernst Troeltsch (Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Europäische Geschichte, Abteilung für Abendländische Religionsgeschichte Bd. 264), Göttingen 2021.
Mona Garloff, Christian Volkmar Witt (Hgg.), Confessio im Konflikt. Religiöse Selbst- und Fremdwahrnehmung in der Frühen Neuzeit. Ein Studienbuch (Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Europäische Geschichte, Abteilung für Abendländische Religionsgeschichte, Beihefte Bd. 129), Göttingen 2019.
Das Christentum als „bekennende Religion“. Kursorische Überlegungen zu Formen und Formeln christlicher Bekenntnisse, in: Christine Bischoff, Carsten Juwig, Lena Sommer (Hgg.), Bekenntnisse. Formen und Formeln (Schriftenreihe der Isa Lohmann-Siems Stiftung Bd. 12), Berlin 2019, S. 37 – 66.

Research projects:

Differences as Wealth. A History of the "Communion of Protestant Churches in Europe" (CPCE)

The project fundamentally asks how and why, since the second half of the 20th century, inter- and intra-confessional differences could be interpreted as an expression of religious richness and constructively integrated into specific forms of church community building. To this end, it examines, against the background of 20th century European history, the emergence and development of the "Communion of Protestant Churches in Europe" (CPCE) as a specific organisational form of inner-Protestant diversity.

Reformed Confessional culture in North and Baltic Sea regions

In view of the plurality of early modern Reformedism, can a specific Reformed confessional culture be determined? The cooperative project is pursuing this central question along central fields of interaction in which possible confessional imprints are expected: Cultures of knowledge and economics will be considered as well as aesthetic and political-legal cultures.

The Politicization of the "Nation" through Religious Claims since the Late Middle Ages. On the Profiling of a Political Unity of Action in the Field of Tension of Ecclesiastical Order Competitions and Institutional Differentiations

What role have ecclesiastical competitions for order played since the late Middle Ages in the development of those political units of action which were later to be called "nationes" and which then called themselves such? What significance do theological discourses and religious claims to the concept of nation have for its politicisation and affirmative-self-descriptive establishment, and what interactions can be identified?