Prof. Dr. Ruth Conrad


Humboldt–Universität zu Berlin

Unter den Linden 6

10099 Berlin

Tel.: +49-(0)30-2093-91733

Email: ruth.conradspam prevention@hu-berlin.de


C 04: Religious Speech as a Resource in South and Central Asia Indoctrination, Medialisation and Commercialisation


Academic Education

since 2018 Professorship for Practical Theology with a focus on Homiletics/Liturgics and Cybernetics at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
2016 - 2018 Visiting Professorship for Practical Theology with a focus on Homiletics/Liturgics and Cybernetics at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

First Prize East-West-Theological-Forum (Seoul) for the Paper: „Anticipation of the future“ – Faith in urban space. Opportunities and challenges of church-based action in the social and religious ambivalences of the city

2012 - 2016 Study and Research Inspector at the Forum Scientiarum of the University of Tübingen and Head of Studies at the Karl-Heim-Haus of the Evangelische Landeskirche Württemberg (with a 50% commission each)
2011 Conclusion of the habilitation procedure
2010 - 2012 Pastor in Ditzingen and Stuttgart
2008 - 2014 Lectureships at the Staatl. Musikhochschule in Würzburg and at the Staatl. Hochschule für Kunst und Musik in Stuttgart in the course of studies Protestant Church Music in the subjects Liturgy and Hymnology
2004 - 2010 State Church Assistant at the Chair of Practical Theology I at the Evangelical Theology Faculty Tübingen with a focus on Homiletics and Liturgy
2004 Doctorate to Dr. theol.
2001 - 2004 Vicariate in the Evangelical Regional Church in Württemberg in Wendlingen am Neckar (Dean's Office Nürtingen). Ordination to parish service
1999 - 2001 Writing the doctoral thesis; scholarship holder of the Lina-Zimmermann-Stiftung of the University of Tübingen
1998 First Theological Service Examination (Württembergische Landeskirche); at the same time Dipl. Theol.
1994 Church Music C Examination
1992 - 1998 Study of Protestant Theology in Tübingen, Berlin and Aarhus (Denmark)
1991 - 1992 Language College of the Protestant Regional Church Württemberg in Stuttgart (Graecum and Hebraicum)
1988 - 1991 Training as publishing bookseller at Herder publishing house, Freiburg


Research Focuses

  • Homiletics or theory of religious speech, also in intercultural and interreligious comparison; current: Subproject C 04 in the SFB 1070 RessourcenKulturen "Religiöse Rede als Ressource in Süd- und Zentralasien: Unterweisung, Medialisierung und Kommerzialisierung" (University of Tübingen); together with Prof. Dr. Roland Hardenberg, Frankford
  • Liturgy (festival theories; secular liturgies; ritual economics); current: publication of a conference volume: "Secular Processions. Zur religiösen Grundierung von Umzüge, Einzugs und Aufmärschen" ("On the religious foundation of processions, processions and marches"), together with Prof. Dr. Volker Drecoll and Prof.in Dr. Sigrid Hirbodian, both Tübingen
  • Cybernetics: church theory, theory of religious communities and pastoral theology (especially "religion, religious communities and churches in the city")
  • pastoral care: "self-optimization"/"self-design" as a topic of pastoral care
  • History of book trade and publishing, history of encyclopaedias and science
  • Practical theology and religious anthropology
  • Religion and Literature
  • History and Encyclopedia of Practical Theology, History of Theology of the 19th and 20th Centuries