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ORCID: 0000-0002-6682-9722


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 Frankfurtcontributing 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); Hermeneutics and Negativism: Ambiguities of Self-Understanding (2018); BUCHSTABIL: Von Büchen und Menschen. Elazar Benyoëtz zum 85. Geburtstag (2022) and, in addition,

the following special issues of journals: Passions in Context: International Journal for the History and Theory of Emotions, 2 (2011): Atrocities – Emotion – Self; Scandinavian Jewish Studies 28:1 (2017): Ethics and Aesthetics of Holocaust Memory; Scandinavian Jewish Studies 29:1 (2018): The Problem of Evil and Images of (In)Humanity; Judaica: Neue digitale Folge 3 (2022): https://doi.org/10.36950/jndf.2022.10; Religions 14: 354 (2023): Ethical and Epistemological Aspects of 'Dialogue': Exploring the Potential of the Second-Person Perspective. A Festschrift in honor of Paul Mendes-Flohr on the occasion of his eightieth birthday.


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)
  • Kierkegaard studies
  • Environmental ethics
  • Hospitality, dialogue, and listening
  • Modern Jewish thought and German-Jewish literature
  • 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


Research leadership/management:

Claudia Welz is heading the collective interdisciplinary research project “Epistemological Aspects of ‘Dialogue’: Exploring the Potential of the Second-Person Perspective” (2021-2024, funded by a Starting Grant from Aarhus University Research Foundation).

Moreover, since 2021, she is the co-founder and co-director of the Research Unit for Kierkegaard Studies at Aarhus University, see https://cas.au.dk/en/research-unit-for-kierkegaard-studies.


International collaboration and affiliations:

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 Switzerland.

In the spring term 2022, she was 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 had to be postponed.

She is a member of the international DFG-Network Reasons of the Heart: On the Concept, Rationality and Moral Function/s of Religious Emotions in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (coordinated by Goethe-University Frankfurt), and a member of the international DFG-Network Religion and the Emotions (coordinated by Humboldt University Berlin).


Relevant websites:

See CV here: https://claudiawelz.com/cv/

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


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