Prof. Dr. Jan Stievermann
Professor of the History of Christianity in North America, Heidelberg Center for American Studies
While trained in American Studies, Jan Stievermann accepted the chair for the history of Christianity in the U.S.A. that was newly created in 2011. This position is an interdisciplinary bridge between Heidelberg's department of Theology (Church History Section) and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA). Dr. Stievermann's reasearch examines the American history of religion and culture, crossing traditional boundaries. Before coming to Heidelberg he worked at Tübingen University.
The focus of Dr. Stievermann's research is on the history of the theology and culture in American protestantism in the 18th and19th centuries, especially on the tensions between evangelicalism and radical liberalism (transcendentalism in particular), but also on the relationship between religion and literature. Among his most important publications are "Der Sündenfall der Nachahmung: Zum Problem der Mittelbarkeit im Werk Ralph Waldo Emersons" and "Cotton Mather and Biblia Americana—America’s First Bible Commentary" (ed. with R. Smolinski). At the moment he edits the first comprehensive Biblical commentary from Northern America, Cotton Mather's Biblia Americana (1693-1728).
Department in FIIT
X. Religion in the United States
Projects in FIIT
- The academic edition of Cotton Mather's Biblia Americana
- Religion and the Marketplace in the US
- Pennington Award
- Multiple Reformations? The Heidelberg-Notre Dame Dialogue on the Legacies of the Reformation Age
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