Daniela Blum Copyright: © M. Blum


Prof. Dr. theol.

Daniela Blum

Temporary Professor
Research and Teaching Area Church History


Building: 6070

Room: 253

Theaterplatz 14

52062 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80 92591

Consultation hours

By appointment via e-mail


  • Since April 2022
    Chair representative at the Chair of Church History at the Institute of Catholic Theology at RWTH Aachen University
  • 2020/2021
    Parental leave
  • 2019-2022
    Research assistant at the Diözesanmuseum Rottenburg
  • Since 2019
    Project manager at the WIN College of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities: Project "Holy Lives" [https://www.hadw-bw.de/junge-wissenschaft/win-kolleg/Teilprogramm7/heiligenleben]
  • 2014-2019
    Research assistant at the Chair of Medieval and Modern Church History at the University of Tübingen
  • 2011-2014
    Research fellow in the Research Training Group 1662 "Religious Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe (800-1800)"
  • 2011
    Graduate theologian
  • 2005-2011
    Studies of Catholic Theology (Dipl.), Political Science and Psychology (M.A.) in Tübingen and Rome

Research focus

  • High medieval church and art history
    • Hagiography and theology
    • Christian body concepts and body-soul relationships
    • Pictorial theology of the Middle Ages
  • Early Modern Period
    • Multi-confessionalism
    • Denominational historiography
  • Didactics: Teaching and learning processes in church and theological history and in museums

Awards/Third-party funding

  • Project leader in the WIN-Kolleg with the continuation project "Figurations of sanctity between individual decision and collective recognition (950-1750)" (2022-2023); with Dr Beatrice von Lüpke (Vienna), Dr Marie Gunreben (Constance) and Dr Christoph Haack (Tübingen)
  • Project leader in the WIN-Kolleg of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities with the project "Heiligenleben: Narrated Holiness between Individual Decision and Collective Recognition" (2018-2021); with Dr Beatrice von Lüpke (Tübingen), Dr Marie Gunreben (Konstanz) and Associate Professor Dr Nicolas Detering (Bern)
  • Funding within the framework of the Athene Programme for Young Women Scientists of the Excellence Initiative of the University of Tübingen (2017-19).
  • Lepold Lucas Young Scientist Award for the dissertation, 2016
  • Doctoral Prize of the University of Tübingen for the dissertation, 2015
  • Schöpflin Prize of the Generallandesarchiv Karlsruhe for the dissertation, 2015
  • Hefele Prize of the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart for the dissertation, 2011



A selection of the publications can be downloaded here.