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 current research focuses on the history of Jesuit missions within the context of global history. She is especially interested in the reciprocal flow of knowledge between Europe and missions in Asia and Latin America; early modern cultures and theories of translation; and the role of the Jesuits in historical exegesis of biblical texts and the Jesuits’ contribution to the accumulation of knowledge in the age of the Enlightenment. In her publications on the flow of knowledge and culture between the Old and New Worlds, Dürr has examined Jesuit letters and travelogues, which were often published in Der Neue Welt-Bott. She draws on these sources as indicators of the development of Jesuit identity and self-affirmation as well as experiences of “otherness” within the missions. These issues are closely related to the question of their communication with indigenous populations within the mission and their missionary strategies, which Dürr has investigated by looking at the theories of language and translation developed by the Jesuit priest José de Acosta.
Her most recent studies have analyzed the Exodus debate of the eighteenth century from the perspective of cultural history and the history of knowledge, specifically as expressed in the chronology of the Jesuit Joseph Stöcklein and more generally in the contributions of Jesuit scholars to the early Enlightenment. Dürr is currently working with Prof. Ulrike Strasser (University of California-San Diego) on a book project about the Neue Welt-Bott (to be published by Brill). In addition, Dürr is preparing to publish a volume—with Annette Gerok-Reiter, Andreas Holzem and Steffen Patzold—which addresses the central questions of Tübingen’s DFG Research Group 1662 on “Religious Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe” in a series of case studies (to be published by Schöningh).