Dr. Kerstin Menzel

Dr. Kerstin Menzel

Research Fellow

Praktische Theologie
Institutsgebäude
Beethovenstraße 25
04107 Leipzig

Abstract

Since 2020, Dr. Kerstin Menzel is research associate in the DFG research unit FOR 2733 "Transformation of Sacred Space: Function and Use of Religious Places in Germany", project 2: "Transformation of Sacred Space in a Secular Context". The project is in relation with a habilitation project around the public dimension of liturgy. Since September 2020 she is also research and teaching assistant in Practical Theology (Prof. Dr. A. Deeg).

Her dissertation was completed with summa cum laude in 2017 at Philipps-University Marburg: "Small numbers, wide space - pastoral profession in rural congregations in East Germany". Like in her studies of theology, she received a scholarship of Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst. Her work at the university of Leipzig was preceded by a time as research and teaching associate at Humboldt University Berlin.

Kerstin Menzel is member of the "Arbeitskreis empirische Religionsforschung", the ESWTR and the board of editors of feinschwarz.net.



Professional career

  • since 03/2020
    Post-Doc and research associate in the interdisciplinary DFG-research unit „Transformation of Sacred Space: Function and Use of Religious Places in Germany“, Institut für Praktische Theologie, Prof. Dr. Alexander Deeg
  • 01/2017 - 02/2020
    Pastor in service as research and teaching associate at the Theological Faculty of Humboldt University Berlin, Practical Theology, Chair of Prof. Dr. Ruth Conrad
  • 09/2014 - 12/2016
    Pastoral training in Ev. Kirche Berlin-Brandenburg-Schlesische Oberlausitz, Paul-Gerhardt-Kirchengemeinde Berlin-Lichtenberg, March 2017 Ordination
  • 01/2010 - 04/2010
    Research assistant in the empirical study Perikopenprojekt EKD/VELKD, Leipzig University
  • 08/2009 - 12/2012
    Guide in the Jewish Museum Berlin

Education

  • 06/2010 - 08/2014
    Doctoral Scholarship of Ev. Studienwerk Villigst
  • 11/2009 - 12/2017
    Doctoral student at Philipps-University Marburg, "Small numbers, wide space - pastoral profession in rural congregations in East Germany" (Advisor: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Wagner-Rau), summa cum laude
  • 10/2006 - 07/2009
    Study of Protestant Theology at Leipzig University and Humboldt University Berlin,
  • 10/2005 - 09/2006
    Master of Sacred Theology at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
  • 03/2003 - 07/2009
    Scholarship of Ev. Studienwerk Villigst
  • 10/2002 - 09/2005
    Study of Protestant Theology at Philipps University Marburg
  • 09/2001 - 08/2002
    Voluntary Social Year, Youth Ministry Leipzig

Research interests:

  • The public dimension of liturgy, ritual studies, religious services in the context of violence and desasters
  • Use of church buildings, theory of space
  • Theory of the pastoral profession, pastoral office and volunteers, relation of parochial and special service, gender issues
  • Church theory, especially rural contexts, church in East Germany, processes of change
  • Empirical study of religion and profession, esp. qualitative methods


Selected Publications

  • Kleine Zahlen, weiter Raum. Pfarrberuf in ländlichen Gemeinden Ostdeutschlands (Praktische Theologie heute Bd. 155), Stuttgart: Kohlhammer 2019.
  • Bildungsprozesse in der Gemeindearbeit – Potentiale der Gemeindepädagogik für pastorales Handeln im Kontext peripherer ländlicher Räume, in: Michael Domsgen / Ekkehard Steinhäuser (Hg.), Identitätsraum Dorf. Religiöse Bildung in der Peripherie, Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt 2014, 78–112.
  • “Doing something meaningful” in “the middle of nowhere”. Pastoral work and structural transformation in rural East Germany, in: Kati Niemelä (Hg.), Church Work and Management in Change, Porvoo: Church Research Institute 2012, 206-221.


Complete list of publications: http://transara.de/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Publikationsliste-Dr.-Kerstin-Menzel.pdf

  • FOR 2733, Project 2: Transformation of Sacred Space in a Secular Context: The Example of Hybrid Spaces. Field Mapping, Determining Logics, and Criteria in Leipzig
    Deeg, Alexander
    Duration: 03/2020 - ongoing
    Funded by: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Institut für Praktische Theologie; Praktische Theologie
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  • The public dimension of liturgy
    Menzel, Kerstin
    Duration: 03/2020 - ongoing
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Praktische Theologie
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more projects

2014-2017 Lehrauftrag Evangelische Hochschule Berlin

  • Methoden empirischer Religionsforschung

2017-2020 Theologische Fakultät Berlin:

  • Begleitung der Praktika, Vor- und Nachbereitung, pastoraltheologische und kirchentheoretische Lehrveranstaltungen (u.a. Kirche in Stadt und Land, Pfarrberuf als öffentliches Amt)
  • Ritualtheoretische Themen: Gottesdienst angesichts von Gewalt und Katastrophen, Ritualtheorie
  • Grundlagen: Proseminar Praktische Theologie, Proseminar Homiletik, Repetitorium Praktische Theologie

Lehrprofil:

  • Interaktives und partizipatives Lernen
  • Forschungsbasiertes Lernen, Erprobung empirischer Methoden
  • Methodenvielfalt von Texterarbeitung über diskursive Formen bis zu projektweisen Fallstudien
  • Reflexion von Lernprozessen und eigener Positionierung

Weiterbildung am Berliner Zentrum für Hochschullehre (Zertifikatsabschluss geplant für 2020)