Get an overview of the current project at the Schlegel Professorship for Church History with a focus on Reformation and Enlightenment. If you would like to know more about the individual projects, please contact the responsible person.

Vera Gretges
© Ilona Schimmel

Johann Gottfried Herder in Bückeburg

Vera Gretges’ dissertation project on Johann Gottfried Herder's period of activity in Bückeburg (1771-1776)

Vera Gretges’ doctoral project is dedicated to Johann Gottfried Herder’s period of activity in Bückeburg (1771-1776), where he initially worked as a consistorial councillor and senior preacher and eventually also held the office of superintendent. The activities of Herder, who had an extremely wide range of interests, are to be traced in their aspects of church history as well as cultural history. Among other things, the project focuses on Herder's preaching activities and analyses his correspondence with Countess Marie Barbara Eleonore of Schaumburg-Lippe.

Netzwerke der Verfolgung von Täufern

Argelander-Projekt of Dr. Aneke Dornbusch on networks of defamation and persecution of reformatory deviance in southern Germany, 1525-1530.

The aim of this project is to analyse processes of defamation and persecution of deviant reformatory movements, such as the Anabaptists, in southern German imperial cities in the early Reformation period. The project wants to explore how these processes took place supra-regionally and as a “joint effort” of these cities, which were themselves in the process of forming a protestant identity. The project investigates the thesis that “persecution networks” were established, With the help of these networks, stereotypes of the “others” were spread, information was exchanged and concrete persecution was made possible. Methodologically, the project works with the concept of “othering” from social sciences as well as  aspects from social network analysis.

Within the project, the relevant sources, especially letters, are collected and analysed using a  database created with Nodegoat. The project contributes to the research of religious conflict and violence against (religious) minorities.

Aneke Dornbusch II
© Lisa Bössen

Jan Huber
© Jan Huber

Jakob Strauß (ca. 1480–1527/32)

Dissertation project by Jan Huber on Jakob Strauß: A "mind of his own" among the preachers and publicists of the early Reformation.

Jakob Strauß (1480/1–1527/32) was one of the most prolific Reformation pamphleteers of the 1520s – but remains one of the most enigmatic and enigmatic theologians of his time to this day. As of right now, there is no detailed critical account of his life and work that fulfils current scholarly standards.

The focus of the project lies in tracing Jakob Strauss' work as a reformer and his theological positions in their various historical and biographical situations. The project will also investigate possible developments and dependencies of Strauß as well as his impact on later generations  and the history of research on Strauß.

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