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Ute Lotz-Heumann, Director

Prof. Ute Lotz-Heumann

Director and Heiko A. Oberman professor of Late Medieval and Reformation History
In the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies

In my research I am interested in the history of Europe from the fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries. The religious, social and political face of Europe changed dramatically during these centuries, making this a very dynamic period in history. The Reformation, colonization and the enlightenment were movements originating in Europe that shape the world until this day -- for better or for worse.

My scholarship has been devoted to early modern Irish, British and German history. My book on the process of dual confessionalization in Ireland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (2000) is concerned with confessional conflict and coexistence in a politically diverse and multi-ethnic environment. It poses the question of why England's attempt to introduce the Protestant Reformation in Ireland ended in warfare, colonization projects, and fierce confessional resistance.

I am currently working on two projects in German history. One is concerned with holy wells as popular worship sites in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Lutheranism and Catholicism. The other is a study of eighteenth-century German spas as meeting places of the nobility and the bourgeoisie.

My research interests encompass the success or failure of the Reformation in different European countries, church discipline in early modern Europe, conversion as an indicator of confessional conflict and coexistence, prophecies and other aspects of popular religion, the formation of religious and confessional identities, urban history, and space and discourse as historiographical methods and concepts.

I have co-authored an introduction to the historiography of the Reformation for advanced students. This book focuses on historiographical controversies in the last fifty years with chapters on periodization, the urban Reformation, the radical Reformation, the concept of confessionalization, iconoclasm and the role of pamphlets, and gender and the Reformation.

I teach an array of specialized courses in early modern European history with a particular emphasis on Ireland, Britain and Germany. For example, I teach courses on early modern and modern Irish history, the confessional churches in early modern Europe, British history in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the diary of Samuel Pepys, a seventeenth-century Englishman, the cultural history of early modern Germany, the political and social makeup of the Holy Roman Empire, as well as historiographical and methodological courses and aspects of the enlightenment in central Europe.

Publications Include

Die doppelte Konfessionalisierung in Irland: Konflikt und Koexistenz im 16. und in der ersten Hälfte des 17. Jahrhunderts (Spätmittelalter und Reformation, Neue Reihe, vol. 13), Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2000
[The Process of Dual Confessionalization in Ireland: Conflict and Coexistence in the 16th and the First Half of the 17th Centuries]

Säkularisierungen in der Frühen Neuzeit: Methodische Probleme und empirische Fallstudien (Beiheft der Zeitschrift für historische Forschung 41), Berlin, Duncker & Humblot: 2008 (co-authors: Matthias Pohlig, Vera Isaiasz, Ruth Schilling, Heike Bock, and Stefan Ehrenpreis)
[Secularizations in the Early Modern Period: Methodological Problems and Case Studies]

Reformation und konfessionelles Zeitalter (Kontroversen um die Geschichte), Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2002 (co-author: Stefan Ehrenpreis)
[Reformation and the Confessional Age (Controversies in History)]

Konversion und Konfession in der Frühen Neuzeit (Schriften des Vereins für Reformationsgeschichte, vol. 205), Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2007 (co-editors: Jan-Friedrich Mißfelder and Matthias Pohlig)
[Conversion and Confession in the Early Modern Period]

Stadt und Religion in der Frühen Neuzeit: Soziale Ordnungen und ihre Repräsentationen(Eigene und Fremde Welten, vol. 4), Frankfurt a.M., New York: Campus, 2007 (co-editors: Vera Isaiasz, Monika Mommertz, and Matthias Pohlig)
[Town and Religion in the Early Modern Period: Social Orders and Their Representations]

"Between Conflict and Coexistence: The Catholic Community in Ireland as a 'Visible Underground Church' in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries," in Catholic Communities in Protestant States: Britain and the Netherlands, 1580-1720, ed. Benjamin Kaplan, Bob Moore, Henk van Nierop, and Judith Pollmann (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009), 168-182

"Repräsentationen von Heilwassern und -quellen in der Frühen Neuzeit: Badeorte, lutherische Wunderquellen und katholische Wallfahrten," in Matthias Pohlig, Ute Lotz-Heumann, Vera Isaiasz, Ruth Schilling, Heike Bock, and Stefan Ehrenpreis, Säkularisierungen in der Frühen Neuzeit: Methodische Probleme und empirische Fallstudien (Beiheft der Zeitschrift für historische Forschung 41), Berlin, Duncker & Humblot: 2008, 277-330
["Representations of Healing Waters in the Early Modern Period: Spas, Lutheran Holy Wells, and Catholic Pilgrimages"]

“Überlegungen zum Räumlichen des Festes - oder: das Fest als Heterotopie,”
in: Erwägen Wissen Ethik / Deliberation Knowledge Ethics 19 (2008): 237-239
["Reflections on the Spatial Aspect of Festivities and Festivals: Heterotopia as a Concept"]

"Confessionalization," in Reformation and Early Modern Europe: A Guide to Research, ed. David Whitford (Kirksville, Missouri: Truman State University Press, 2008), 136-157

"Imposing Church and Social Discipline", in The Cambridge History of Christianity, vol. 6: Reform and Expansion, 1500-1660, ed. R. Po-chia Hsia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), 244-260

"Confessionalization and Literature in the Empire, 1555-1700", Central European History 40 (2007): 35-59 (co-author: Matthias Pohlig)

"Confessionalization in Ireland: Periodization and Character, 1534-1649," in The Origins of Sectarianism in Early Modern Ireland, ed. Alan Ford and John McCafferty (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), 24-53

"Gewaltpraktiken und ihre Diskursivierung: Die irische Rebellion von 1641," in Gewalt in der Frühen Neuzeit , ed. Claudia Ulbrich, Claudia Jarzebowski, and Michaela Hohkamp (Berlin: Duncker and Humblot, 2005), 375-389
["Practices of Violence and their Discursive Transformation: the Irish Rebellion of 1641"]

"Church Discipline in a Biconfessional Country: Ireland in a European Context," in Social Control in Europe, vol. 1: 1500-1800, ed. Herman Roodenburg and Pieter Spierenburg (Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State University Press, 2004), 99-112

"Kurorte im Reich des 18. Jahrhunderts - ein Typus urbanen Lebens und Laboratorium der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft: Eine Problemskizze," in Bäder und Kuren in der Aufklärung: Medizinaldiskurs und Freizeitvergnügen , ed. Raingard Esser and Thomas Fuchs (Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, 2003), 15-35
["Spas in the Empire in the 18th Century - a Type of Urban Life and a Laboratory of Bourgeois Society"]

"'The Spirit of Prophecy Has Not Wholly Left the World': The Stylisation of Archbishop James Ussher as a Prophet," in Religion and Superstition in Reformation Europe , ed. Helen Parish and William G. Naphy (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002), 119-132

"The Irish Reformation in European Perspective," Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte / Archive for Reformation History 87 (1998): 268-309 (co-author: Karl S. Bottigheimer)

"The Protestant Interpretation of History in Ireland: The Case of James Ussher's Discourse," in Protestant History and Identity in Sixteenth-Century Europe, vol. II: The Later Reformation, ed. Bruce Gordon (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1996), 107-120


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