Graduiertenkolleg Selbst-Bildungen


Knut Wormstädt

Ammerländer Heerstraße 114-118
26129 Oldenburg
Building A3, Room A3 1-108
Phone: +49 441 798-2371


Remembering Guilt. Guilt and Reconciliation in bilateral Dialogues with the Mennonites


From the perspective of the Lutheran and Reformed churches, the Reformation is often perceived today as a liberating event and as the foundation for a pluralization of the christian landscape in Europe. The fact that Lutheran and Reformed were, however, not only persecutees, but also persecutors, quickly fall from view in this interpretation. For the Anabaptist believers, for example, was no place in the ideas of Luther and Melanchthon, Calvin and Zwingli. Also from the Catholic side, the Anabaptists were not well tolerated, since it seemed impossible to establish who was peaceful and who was rebellious, who was only striving for a reformation of the existing church and who wanted to secede from her in a heretical manner.

The connections within the persecution of the Anabaptists by the advocates of an authority-oriented Reformation and by the fundamental opponents of the Reformation projects have been discussed since the 1980s in ecumenical, bilateral dialogues between Mennonites on the one hand and Catholics, Lutherans, and Reformed on the other hand. The dissertation project is to trace these dialogues and to show how historical guilt is discussed here, which memory complexes are called (and which are not), which implications arise from this approach for the dialogue partners, and which consequences of conducting these dialogues. For this, hermeneutic, praxeological, postcolonial, cultural-scientific and reconciliation-theological concepts of theory are brought into conversation with each other in order to develop a multi-layered analysis optics for the dialogues, which are accessible through the edited results documents. With regard to the consequences, it is also necessary to look beyond the documents into the contexts of the communities: Which meanings result from the ratification of the documents and the coexistence of different confessions on the spot? Finally, from an ecumenical-theological and a constructive theology-perspective, it seems to make sense to have a look, which implications arise for the theological development of doctrine through the convergence of different confessions in the daily co-existence.

Main areas of research

  • History of the Reformation and its subaltern lines
  • Theological anthropology (esp. Hamartiology)
  • Process theology  
  • Systematic theology as Constructive Theology
  • Ecumenical theology

Brief vita

seit 10/2016Kollegiat am DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1608/2 "Selbstbildungen. Praktiken der Subjektivierung in historischer und interdisziplinärer Perspektive" an der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
04/2014-09/2016Doppeltes Masterstudium der evangelischen Theologie (als nicht-schulbezogener Ein-Fach-Master) sowie der evangelischen Religion und der Physik (Gymnasiales Lehramt) an der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg; Thema der Abschlussarbeit: "Strukturelle Sünde und Verantwortung. Eine Untersuchung im Kontext lateinamerikanischer Befreiungstheologie"
10/2013-03/2014 Masterstudium der Physik an der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
10/2010-09/2013Bachelorstudium der evangelischen Theologie und der Physik (Gymnasiales Lehramt) an der Universität Hamburg; Thema der Abschlussarbeit: "Der Begriff der Entfremdung in Tillichs systematischer Theologie"





SoSe 2017Einführung in die Prozesstheologie. Catherine Keller und das Geheimnis
WiSe 2017/18 Täuferische Quellen - Mennonitische Praktiken. Forschungsseminar: Theologie und Praktiken der Subjektivierung

Further academic functions

04/2015-03/2016    Forschungsstudierender am DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1608/2 „Selbstbildungen. Praktiken der Subjektivierung in historischer und interdisziplinärer Perspektive“ an der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
10/2014-09/2016    Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft an der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg (Prof. Dr. Ulrike Link-Wieczorek, Systematische Theologie)
11/2011-02/2014    Studentische Hilfskraft an der Universität Hamburg (Prof. Dr. Karl-Josef Pazzini & Prof. Dr. Michael Wimmer, Erziehungswissenschaften)


Wormstädt, Knut, Versehrung? Gedanken zu einer Erweiterung des Opfer-Begriffs, in: ZEE (zur Veröffentlichung angenommen).