Dr. theol. Christoph Schönau

Christoph Schönau is Research Associate at the Chair of Church History. His research focuses on the history of the Reformation and on Church History in the 17th and 18th century. He finished his PhD in 2016, the dissertation dealing with Jacques Lefèvre d’Etaples and the Reformation was published in 2017 (Jacques Lefèvre d’Etaples und die Reformation, Quellen und Forschungen zur Reformationsgeschichte 91, Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2017). Schönau is currently working on his habilitation, the German post-doctoral lecturing qualification. Therefore, he is preparing a monography about Pietism at the Francke Foundations in Halle (Franckesche Stiftungen zu Halle) in a global context. He is lecturer in BA and Master programs at the Faculty of Theology in Göttingen.


Curriculum Vitae


1986 born in Helmstedt (Lower Saxony, Germany), two daughters (* 2013 and 2017)
2005–2011 Studies in Protestant Theology and French literature and linguistics at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, at Université de Lausanne, and at Université de Genève
Bachelor of Arts 2008, Master of Education 2011,
Scholar of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)
2007–2011 Research Assistant at the Chair of Practical Theology and at the Department of Ecumenical Theology at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Since 2012 Research Associate at the Chair of Church History (Professor Kaufmann) at the Faculty of Theology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
2016 PhD, Faculty of Theology Göttingen
Since 2017 Member of the faculty council
2017 Nomination of the dissertation for the “Shortlist” of the Christian-Gottlob-Heyne-Preis



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