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Claudia Welz

PhD, dr. habil., Professor

Claudia Welz


Biographical note:

Claudia Welz (b. 1974) has studied Philosophy and Theology in Tübingen, Jerusalem, Heidelberg and München. She was a PhD student at the Institute for Hermeneutics and Philosophy of Religion, University of Zürich (2003-2006), a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Subjectivity Research (2006-2010), and a professor with special responsibilities in Ethics and Philosophy of Religion at the University of Copenhagen (2010-2018), where she in 2014 founded the interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Jewish Thought in Modern Culture.

In 2019-20, she was a senior research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Bad Homburg & Goethe-University Frankfurt contributing to the LOEWE project Religious Positioning: Modalities and Constellations in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Contexts (see https://relpos.de/), visiting researcher at Agder University, Kristiansand/Norway, and visiting professor (Vertretungsprofessorin) at University of Duisburg-Essen.

Since September 2020, she is Professor of Ethics and Philosophy of Religion at the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University.  


Book publications:

Claudia Welz is the author of the research monographs Love’s Transcendence and the Problem of Theodicy (Mohr Siebeck, 2008), Vertrauen und Versuchung (Mohr Siebeck, 2010), Humanity in God’s Image: An Interdisciplinary Exploration (Oxford University Press, 2016), and the essay collection SinnSang: Theologie und Poesie (Nordpark-Verlag, 2019) about the work of the poet Elazar Benyoëtz, including an exchange of letters.

She co-authored and (co-)edited the anthologies Despite Oneself: Subjectivity and Its Secret in Kierkegaard and Levinas (2008); Trust, Sociality, Selfhood (2010); Ethics of In-Visibility: Imago Dei, Memory, and Human Dignity in Jewish and Christian Thought (2015); and Hermeneutics and Negativism: Ambiguities of Self-Understanding (2018).  


Research interests:

  • Ethics and philosophy of religion 
  • Systematic theology (in particular theology of the Reformation, modern and post-Holocaust theology, theological anthropology) in an interreligious context
  • 19th and 20th century Jewish thought
  • Continental philosophy (in particular German idealism, existential philosophy, hermeneutics, phenomenology, and philosophy of dialogue)
  • Theories of subjectivity, self-understanding, and personhood
  • Philosophy of language and of emotion
  • Philosophy of psychology and psychiatry including trauma and memory studies
  • Arts-based research including poetry, visual art, and music


Relevant websites:

See CV here

For a complete list of publications, see https://claudiawelz.com/publications/


Current commitments, international collaboration and affiliations:

Claudia Welz is the PI of the collective research project “Epistemological Aspects of ‘Dialogue’: Exploring the Potential of the Second-Person Perspective” (2021-2023, Starting Grant by the Aarhus University Research Foundation).

In addition, she is the co-founder of the new Research Unit for Kierkegaard Studies at Aarhus University (2021-), see https://cas.au.dk/en/research-unit-for-kierkegaard-studies

In 2020-21, she was affiliated with Hamburg University as a senior research fellow at Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies, and since July 2021, she is an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Theology, University of Bern.

In the spring term 2022, she is invited to be the Joyce Z. Greenberg Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago; however, due to the pandemic etc., her stay in the US must be postponed.

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