Stefan Bauer
Research Fellow



MA (Aachen), MA and PhD (Warburg Institute), FRHistS, FHEA

Stefan Bauer studied History and Literature in Aachen, Cambridge (Corpus Christi), Siena and London.

Stefan held positions as a Research Fellow in Early Modern History at the German Historical Institute in Rome and the Italian-German Historical Institute in Trent.  He has been awarded scholarships and research grants by the Cambridge European Trust, AHRB, DAAD, DFG-Graduate School, Herzog August Bibliothek, British School at Rome, Gerda Henkel Foundation, Holcim Foundation and Bruno Kessler Foundation.  Stefan also received the Friedrich Wilhelm Preis (Aachen) as well as subsidies by both Ernst Gombrich's 'Erasmus Prize Fund' and the Jacob Burckhardt Foundation for the publication of his first book.

Stefan Bauer joined the department as a Marie Curie Research Fellow on 1 September 2015. He will be working closely with Simon Ditchfield on the project, ‘History and Theology: the Creation of Disinterested Scholarship from Dogmatic Stalemate (ca. 1525-1675)’.

Stefan is interested in the history of historiography, religion, philology, antiquarianism and literature.  In his current role he will concentrate on Reformation and Counter-Reformation Europe, especially England, Germany and Italy.

Contact details

Dr Stefan Bauer
Vanbrugh College V/A/224A
Department of History
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: Internal ext 3606, External 01904 323606




Stefan began his academic research with a German MA thesis on 'The Idea of the Polis and the Conception of Democracy in Jacob Burckhardt's "History of Greek Civilization"', which was published as a book in 2001.

In 2004 he completed his PhD at the Warburg Institute, London, with a dissertation entitled 'The Censorship and Fortuna of Platina's Lives of the Popes in the Sixteenth Century'.  For this dissertation he used newly discovered sources from the Archives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Vatican City) and the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan.  This research was published as a book in 2006 (see publications section).

Forthcoming publications include a monograph on the Italian scholar, Onofrio Panvinio (1530-1568), as well as the chapter on 'Theology and History' in the 'Cambridge History of Reformation Theology, c. 1500-1675'.

In his new project, 'History and Theology: the Creation of Disinterested Scholarship from Dogmatic Stalemate (ca. 1525-1675)', Stefan will deal with the question of how and why the seeds of religious tolerance came to be sown in an age of confessional polemic.  His project will explore the idea that an unexpected consequence of religious polemic was the growth of disinterested scholarship, which, in turn, led to increased tolerance of religious differences.  Indeed, once the strict rules and staunchly held positions of the rival confessional antagonists became known and established, scholars were able to pursue their research relatively freely within this framework and even across confessional boundaries.  It became possible to describe change and diversity as historical facts rather than as simply polemical weapons in a battle of the books.

The project will focus on two cultural zones: England and the Italian peninsula, in order to conduct a comparative study of a carefully selected number of key scholars from rival confessions and scholarly traditions.  By means of a carefully calibrated dissemination strategy, this project is intended to have a wider impact on Europe’s troubled multi-faith society of the early twenty-first century by providing a fresh, new historical narrative which adds intellectual foundations to the moral desirability for mutual recognition and appreciation of diversity in religious debate.