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Prof. Dr. Klaus Koschorke Emeritus

Prof. Dr. Klaus Koschorke, Emeritus

Institute of Church History / Chair Early and Global History of Christianity


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Faculty of Protestant Theology
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
80539 Munich

Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 5409

Website: German Website

Curriculum Vitae

  • Born 1948 in Wuppertal (Germany)
  • 1967 – 1973: Studied Protestant Theology, History, Religious Studies and related subjects in Berlin, Heidelberg, Edinburgh, Tuebingen and Heidelberg
  • 1976: Gained doctorate in Heidelberg with a thesis on the newly discovered Coptic-Gnostic texts of Nag Hammadi
  • Lecturer (Assistent, Oberassistent) at the universities of Bielefeld-Bethel, Heidelberg and Bern; guest lecturerships (Lehrstuhlvertretungen) and professorial appointments in Fribourg/ Bern / Luzern (Switzerland); Kandy (Sri Lanka); Madurai (India).
  • 1991: Post-doctoral lecturing qualification (Habilitation) in Bern with a study on fourth-century Greek ecclesiology (Basil of Cesarea)
  • 1993 – 2013: Full Professor and Head of the Institute of Church History / Chair: “Early and Global History of Christianity” at the University of Munich (LMU), Faculty of Protestant Theology. Transformation of the Chair into a center for the study of History of Christianity in the Non-Western World (Asia, Africa, Latin America) / ‘History of World Christianity ‘
  • 2003 – 2005: Dean of the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the LMU Munich
  • 2004 – 2006: Member of the Senate of the University of Munich (LMU)
  • Regular periods of research in various countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America
  • 2013 (April): Appointed as Visiting Professor at Liverpool Hope University (UK)
  • 2013 (September): Professor emeritus at LMU Munich University
  • 2014 - 2018: Appointed as Visiting Professor at Basel University (CH)
  • 2012 – 2015/17: DFG-Research project at the LMU Munich: “Indigenous Christian Elites in Asia and Africa around 1900 and their journals and periodicals”
  • International guest professorships and academic teaching in China (Shanghai 2012; Beijing 2016; Hangzhou 2018), Japan (Tokyo 2016), Korea (Seoul 2016), Pakistan (Lahore 2015), Myanmar (2011), Sri Lanka (regularly), East Africa (Ethiopia/ Uganda 2014, 2019), South Africa (Pretoria 2015); Brazil (Sao Leopoldo 2016); United States (various places, including Princeton, Boston, Stanford, Chicago, Atlanta 2014, 2017, 2019); Switzerland (Basel, Visiting Professor 2014 – 2018); England (Liverpool Hope, since 2010: Visiting Fellow, since 2013: Visiting Professor)
  • 2020: Appointment as Senior Fellow at the recently established DFG Advanced Study Centre at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt (Dept. of History)

Further Information

Recent Publications

  • Klaus Koschorke, Owned and Conducted entirely by the Native Christian Community”. Der ‘Christian Patriot’ und die indigen-christliche Presse im kolonialen Indien um 1900 (Studies in the History of Christianity in the Non-Western World 34; Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 2019. (VIII + 304 pages; ISBN 978-3-447-11274-1).
  • Klaus Koschorke / Frieder Ludwig / Adrian Hermann / Ciprian Burlacioiu (Eds.), "To give publicity to our thoughts". Journale asiatischer und afrikanischer Christen um 1900 und die Entstehung einer transregionalen indigen-christlichen Öffentlichkeit/ "To give publicity to our thoughts". Journals of Asian and African Christians around 1900 and the Making of a Transregional Indigenous Christian 'Public Sphere', Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 2018 (378 pages: ISBN 978-3-447-11112-6).
  • Klaus Koschorke/ Adrian Hermann / Ciprian Burlacioiu / Phuti Mogase (Eds.), Discourses of Indigenous Christian Elites in Colonial Societies in Asia and Africa around 1910. A Documentary Sourcebook from Selected Journals (Documents on the History of Christianity in Asia, Africa and Latin America Vol. 4), Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 2016 (502 pages; ISBN 978-3-447-10578-1).
  • List of further Publications

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