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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Early Modern and Modern History of Christianity

Prof. Dr. Judith Becker


Prof. Dr. Judith Becker

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Faculty of Theology
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
Sitz: Burgstraße 26
Room 517

Tel.: 030-2093 91812
Fax: 030-2093 5872
E-Mail: Judith.Becker[at]hu-berlin.de



Consultation hours during semester break (after registration):

Friday, 21 February 09:00 - 10:00

Tuesday, 10 March 10:00 - 11:30

Friday, 3 April 11:00 - 12:00

and on appointment



Studied Protestant Theology, Philosophy and History
in Bochum, Wuppertal and Paris.

1999 Erstes Theologisches Examen (General Ministerial Examination)/Diploma
2002 Zweites Theologisches Examen (Ministerial Examination)
2006 Dr. theol., Faculty of Protestant Theology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
2014 Habilitation, Faculty of Protestant Theology, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

1999-2000 Graduate Research Assistant at the Chair of Reformation History and Modern Church History and at the Chair of North American History, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
2000-2003 Curate of the Evangelische Kirche von Westfalen
2006-2007 "Assistentin" (lecturer) at the Chair of Historical Theology, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
2007-2017 Senior researcher at the Leibniz Institute of European History
2010-2014 Project leader of the BMBF junior research group "Transfer and Transformation of Missionaries' Images of Europe in Contact with the Other, 1700-1970". Humanities junior research group: Europe seen from the outside


2015/16 Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala
2010-2012 Scholarship, Fast Track Programme of the Robert Bosch Stiftung
2003–2006 Doctoral scholarship, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Awards received for the Dissertation thesis: 2006 Caspar-Olevian-Preis, 2007 J. F. Gerhard Goeters-Preis
Award received for the Habilitation thesis: 2017 Preis "Begegnung der Kulturen"



  • Editor: "Kirchen und religiöse Kulturen. Protestantismus", Encyclopedia of Early Modern History online
  • Member of the board of the Society for the History of Reformed Protestantism
  • Member of the editorial board of the Edition Reformierter Bekenntnisschriften
  • Member of the advisory board of the Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Asian Review of Humanities
  • Member of the editorial board, "Verkündigung und Forschung"
  • Member of the advisory board of the Archive and Museum Foundation of the VEM


Research Interests

  • Ecumenical Christianity in the 19th and early 20th centuries: conceptions of unity at times of nationalism
  • The transformation of "European" values and spirituality in contact with the "Other"
  • Difference and unity: multiple religious perspectives about Humanity
  • Christianity in contact zones: mission histories
  • Religious conversion
  • Formation of the Protestant confessions, religious migration
  • Protestant church orders of the Reformation


Publications (selection)

  • Conversio im Wandel: Basler Missionare zwischen Europa und Südindien und die Ausbildung einer Kontaktreligiosität, 1834–1860 (VIEG 238), Göttingen 2015.
  • Gemeindeordnung und Kirchenzucht. Johannes a Lascos Kirchenordnung für London (1555) und die reformierte Konfessionsbildung (SMRT 122), Leiden u.a. 2007.
  • (ed.), European Missions in Contact Zones. Transformation through Interaction in a (Post-)Colonial World, (VIEG Beiheft 107), Göttingen 2015.
  • Individualisierung durch Bekehrung? Erfahrungen Basler Missionare in Indien in der ersten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts, in: Wolfgang Reinhard/Martin Fuchs/Antje Linkenbach-Fuchs (Hg.), Individualisierung durch christliche Mission?, Wiesbaden 2015, 187-203.
  • Die Rolle der Obrigkeit in reformierten Kirchenordnungen der Frühen Neuzeit, in: Heinrich de Wall (Hg.), Reformierte Staatslehre in der Frühen Neuzeit (Historische Forschungen 102), Berlin 2014, 235-261.