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Prof. Dr. Harry Oelke

Prof. Dr. Harry Oelke

Institute of Church History


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

Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 3628
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 13987

Website: German Website


  • 1976 Senior school-leaving qualification (Abitur) in Barsinghausen (Niedersachsen)
  • 1978 Study of German language and literature, Protestant theology, sociology, educational science and the English language in Kiel und London
  • 1986 Graduation
  • 1990 Faculty Examination and doctorate as Dr. theol., University of Kiel (thesis on "Formation of Confessional Identities in the 16th Century as Reflected in Illustrated Broadsheets)
  • 1999 Post-doctoral lecturing qualification (Habilitation) at University of Kiel (thesis on "Hanns Lilje, a Lutheran in the Kirchenkampf and in the Weimar Republic")
  • 1999-2001 Visiting professorships at the Universities of Kiel and Saarbrücken
  • 2002 Professor of Church History at LMU Munich

Research Fields

  • The Reformation period and age of confessionalisation:
    • Media (print and visual media)
    • Diaconics
    • Formation of confessional identities
  • Modern period: Contemporary church history
    • National Socialism and churches
    • Christian resistance to National Socialism
    • The culture of memory in the church after 1945
    • Protestantism and German society from 1945-1990

Membership of Scientific Associations

  • Chairman of the Evangelische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte
  • Co-editor of the series of monographs "Arbeiten zur Kirchlichen Zeitgeschichte"
  • Co-editor of the periodical "Mitteilungen zur Kirchlichen Zeitgeschichte" 
  • Co-editor of the periodical "Pastoraltheologie"
  • Member of the Luthergesellschaft
  • Member of the Verein für Reformationsgeschichte
  • Member of the Gesellschaft zur Herausgabe des Corpus Catholicorum
  • Member of the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Theologie