Department of History
Institute of Modern History
Fax: 07071/ 29-5874
Office hours during semester break WS 18/19:
11.02.: 2-3 pm
11.03.: 2-3 pm
08.04.: 2-3 pm
Office: Hegelbau, Room 202
Renate Dürr has been professor of Modern History at the University of Tübingen since October 2011. She alternates with Prof. Ewald Frie as director of the Institute of Modern History. From 2006 to 2011, Dürr was professor of Early Modern History at the University of Kassel; prior to that, she worked as an assistant professor in Early Modern History at the University of Frankfurt am Main and was a visiting instructor at several universities, including the University of Basel. In 2006, Dürr published her habilitation thesis on “Politische Kultur in der Frühen Neuzeit: Kirchenräume in Hildesheimer Stadt- und Landgemeinden, 1550-1750” (Political Culture in the Early Modern Period: Ecclesiastical Spaces in Communities in and around Hildesheim, 1550–1750). Her dissertation for the Free University in Berlin dealt with the experience of female house servants in Schwäbisch Hall during the Early Modern period (“Mägde in der Stadt: Das Beispiel Schwäbisch Hall in der Frühen Neuzeit” (Maidservants in the Town: The Example of Schwäbisch Hall in the Early Modern Period)). Dürr began her academic career in Hamburg and Berlin as a student in history and political science.
Renate Dürr’s research interests are mainly in the field of early modern global history. Focussing on the history of Jesuit missions from a global historical perspective, she is interested in the mutual transfer of knowledge between Europe and the missions in Asia and Latin America, in early modern translation theories and practices, and in the role of Jesuits in historical biblical exegesis and its contribution to the production of knowledge in the Enlightenment. Related to these issues is her research into José de Acosta’s theories of language and translation, his advice for communication with indigenous peoples in the missions as well as his missionary strategies. Furthermore, she interprets Jesuit missionary letters and travel accounts, many of which were published in the journal Neuer Welt-Bott, as moments of Jesuit identity formation and self-assurance and as ways of accommodating their experience of alterity in the missions.
In her most recent studies, Renate Dürr applies the perspective of the history of knowledge to the debate on the biblical book of Exodus in the 18th century, the chronology of Jesuit Joseph Stöcklein, and the contribution of Jesuit men of letters to the early Enlightenment. Besides, she works on the rituals of Lutheran baptisms of Muslims and Africans in the Holy Roman Empire. Together with Ulrike Strasser, professor at the University of California (San Diego), she currently writes a monograph on the Neuer Welt-Bott, entitled “De-centering the Enlightenment: Global Knowledge, Emotions, and Jesuit Practices in a German Cultural Encyclopedia”.