The past often seems to us like a foreign and far away country. This counts, though not solely, especially for the early modern past. Studying this strange and difficult to understand past can teach us not to judge different cultures solely through the eyes of our own cultural values. Moreover studying the early modern period can teach us how to mediate between our selves and our own perspective and the views and customs of people in the past. This requires empathy and the ability for cultural translation. These are not just important skills for students of cultural history, but for inhabitants of a globalised and multicultural world in general.

I have taught courses in Halle and Erfurt on gender and biography in European religious history, on female religious life worlds in the 20th century, on the history of tolerance and on Dutch religious history in the early modern period.