Short CV/Education and training

  • 1974
    Abitur (A-levels) in Altena, Westphalia

  • 1974 – 1981
    Studied Protestant theology and Romance philology at Heidelberg University, Germany, at the Sorbonne Paris IV and at the Faculté de Théologie Protestante in Paris, France

  • 1981 – 1982
    Editor and Élève à titre étranger at the École Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-aux-Roses (ENS), France

  • 1982 – 1994
    Lecturer, then assistant professor at the Faculty of Theology at Heidelberg University

  • 1994 – 1998
    Acting professor, then professor, of historical theology in the Department of Protestant Theology at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

  • 1998
    Full professor of church history and history of dogma in the Faculty of Protestant Theology at Mainz University

  • Since 2005
    Director of the Institute for European History Mainz, department for Western Church History

Selected publications

  • Dingel, I.: Concordia controversa. Die öffentlichen Diskussionen um das lutherische Konkordienwerk am Ende des 16. Jahrhunderts, Gütersloh 1996 (Quellen und Forschungen zur Reformationsgeschichte 63).

  • Dingel, I.: La traduction du Dictionaire historique et critique de Pierre Bayle en allemand et sa réception en Allemagne. In: Critique, savoir et érudition à la veille des Lumières / Critical spirit, wisdom and erudition on the eve of the Enlightenment: le/the Dictionaire Historique et Critique de/of Pierre Bayle (1647-1706). Actes du colloque international, Nimègue, octobre 1996, publié par / edited by Hans Bots, Amsterdam & Maarssen 1998 (Études de l'Institut Pierre Bayle, Nimègue / Studies of the Pierre Bayle Institute, Nijmegen 28). S. 109-123.

  • Dingel, I.: Instrumentalisierung von Geschichte: Nationalsozialismus und Lutherinterpretation am Beispiel des Erlanger Kirchenhistorikers Hans Preuß. In: Wege der Neuzeit. FS für Heinz Schilling zum 65. Geburtstag, hg. v. Stefan Ehrenpreis, Ute Lotz-Heumann, Olaf Mörke und Luise Schorn-Schütte, Berlin 2007 (Historische Forschungen 85). S. 269-284.

  • Dingel, I.: Augsburger Religionsfrieden und "Augsburger Konfessionsverwandtschaft" – Konfessionelle Lesarten. In: Der Augsburger Religionsfrieden 1555, hg. v. Heinz Schilling und Heribert Smolinsky, Gütersloh 2007 (Schriften des Vereins für Reformationsgeschichte 206). S. 157-176.

  • Dingel, I.: Protestantische Stellungnahmen zu Europa und zur Europäischen Integration. Eine Problemanzeige. In: Jahrbuch für Europäische Geschichte 9, 2008. S. 31-47.

  • Dingel, I.: Controversia et Confessio, Bd. 1: Reaktionen auf das Augsburger Interim. Der Interimistische Streit (1548-1549), Bd. 8: Die Debatte um die Wittenberger Abendmahlslehre und Christologie (1570-1574), hg. v. Irene Dingel, Göttingen 2010 und 2008.

  • Dingel, I.: The Culture of Conflict in the Controversies leading to the Formula of Concord (1548-1580). In: Lutheran Ecclesiastical Culture, 1550-1675, ed. by Robert Kolb, Leiden, Boston 2008. S. 15-64.

  • Dingel, I.: Wie orthodox ist die Heterodoxie? Religiöse Wertung und Toleranz – Eine Spurensuche in Enzyklopädien der Aufklärung. In: Toleranz und Identität. Geschichtsschreibung und Geschichtsbewusstsein zwischen religiösem Anspruch und historischer Erfahrung, hg. v. Kerstin Armborst-Weihs und Judith Becker, Mainz, 2010 (Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Europäische Geschichte Mainz 79). S. 227-251.

  • Dingel, I.: Der Abendlandgedanke im konfessionellen Spannungsfeld. Katholische und evangelische Verlautbarungen (um 1950/60). In: Auf dem Weg nach Europa. Deutungen, Visionen, Wirklichkeiten, hg. v. Irene Dingel und Matthias Schnettger, Göttingen 2010 (Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Europäische Geschichte Mainz. Beiheft 82). S. 215-236.

  • Dingel, I.: Philipp Melanchthon – Freunde und Feinde. In: Theologische Literaturzeitung 135, 2010. S. 775-804.


Selected projects

  • "Controversia et Confessio". An Edition of Sources for the Development of Confessional Documents and Confessionalisation (1548-1580), a long-term project of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities in cooperation with the Johannes Gutenberg-University and the Institute for European History; To the homepage of the project, To the project database

  • Edition of the Confessional Writings of the Evangelical Lutheran Church; commissioned by the Evangelical Churches of Germany (EKD)

  • Scholarly edition of the Formula of Concord within the framework of the new edition of the confessional writings of the Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • Organization of the Spring Conference on the Wittenberg Reformation, together with the Institute for Church History of the University of Leipzig and the Leucorea-Foundation of the University of Halle in Wittenberg

  • Research Training Group at the Institute for European History and Mainz University, funded by the DFG: "The Christian churches and the Challenge of Europe" (vice chair)

  • Letters and Disputes – The correspondence networks of Matthias Flacius Illyricus (in preparation)

  • Digital edition of early modern religious peace treaties. Project in cooperation with the Herzog August Bibliothek, with funding from the German Research Foundation

  • Justice and Peace kissing – Representations of peace in premodern Europe. Joint project with the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg, the German Historical Institute in Rome, the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel and the Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, with funding from the Leibniz Association

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat)

  • Member of the university council at Mainz University, Germany

  • Regular member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz; chair of and membership in various committees

  • Member of the executive committee of the Verein für Reformationsgeschichte (Society for Reformation History)

  • Member of the Commission for Evangelical Church Orders of the sixteenth century of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences

  • Member of the governing board of the Hessian Luther Foundation

  • Member of the Inter-Academic governing committee (at the Göttingen Academy of Sciences) of the edition of the works of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

  • Member of the academic council of the Interdisciplinary Institute for Church History of the Early Modern Period (IKFN) at the University of Osnabrück

  • Member of the Academic Council of the Scio-Foundation for Church History and Contemporary Church History of the Evangelical Church of Hesse and Nassau (EKHN)

  • Member of the scientfic council of the Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek, Emden

  • Member of the scientfic council of the exhibition "The Luther Effect – 500 Years of the Reformation" of the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin

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