The Institute of Church History, Christian Archaeology, and Ecclesiastical Art is dedicated to researching the formation and development of Christianity over its 2000 year history. The variety of both its literary and non-literary manifestations enables a) critical and methodological analysis of its history, b) development of and interaction with theologically relevant questions and c) critical and instructive interaction with other theological disciplines.

The institute also conducts research in the fields of Christian archaeology, history of art, and epigraphy. This research facilitates cooperation with other disciplines, such as Classics or History, identifying cultural-historical frameworks in a transdisciplinary approach.

Two main research fields are especially emphasized: The History of Early Christianity (“patristics”), i.e. Christianity in its first six centuries (Prof. Dr. Uta Heil), and the History of Protestantism in Austria (Prof. Dr. Rudolf Leeb).

As part of these research fields two publications are (co-)edited:

  • The Journal for Antique Christianity (ZAC, DE Gruyter), ed. Christoph Markschies (Berlin), Hanns Christof Brennecke (Erlangen), Volker Henning Drecoll (Tübingen) and Uta Heil (Vienna), with three issues per year.

Für die Studierenden bietet das Institut regelmäßig eine einleitende Gesamtüberblicksvorlesung für die Erstsemester (StEOP) sowie weiterführende Überblicksvorlesungen über die einzelnen Epochen der Christentumsgeschichte an. Einführungen in das wissenschaftliche Arbeiten, Seminare und Übungen vermitteln methodische Grundkenntnis und vertiefen einzelne Themen.