Short CV/Education and training

  • 1994 – 1996
    Education and employment as assistant nurse in Stuttgart; Voluntary social work in Versailles/Paris and in Lancashire

  • 1996 – 2003
    Studies in Theology and Philosophy: Sprachenkolleg der Evangelischen Landeskirche Württemberg in Stuttgart, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Dormition Abbey and Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

  • 2000 – 2001
    Research assistant/Tutor (Church History), University of Heidelberg

  • 2001 – 2002
    Research assistant (New Testament), University of Tübingen

  • 2003
    M.A. in Theology (I. evangelisch-theologische Dienstprüfung), University of Tübingen

  • 2003 – 2006
    Ph.D.-student at the Institute for Hermeneutics and Philosophy of Religion (IHR), University of Zurich. Research stays at The Center for Subjectivity Research and The Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, University of Copenhagen; The Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Centre for German- Jewish Literature and Cultural History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; The Faculty of Theology, University of Hamburg

  • Spring 2004 Research assistant (Philosophy of Religion), University of Zurich

  • 2006 – 2007
    Assistant research professor, Center for Subjectivity Research (CFS), University of Copenhagen

  • 2006 – 2007
    Ph.D.-dissertation "God's (Non)Phenomenality and the Problem of Theodicy" (2006), Ph.D. in Systematic Theology (summa cum laude), University of Zurich (2007)

  • 2007 – 2010
    Postdoctoral research fellow, CFS, University of Copenhagen

  • 2009 – 2010
    Habilitation treatise "Vertrauen und Versuchung" (2009), Venia legendi in Systematic Theology, Privatdozentin at the Faculty of Theology, University of Zurich (2010)

  • 2010
    Associate professor, Department of Systematic Theology, University of Copenhagen

  • Since 2010
    Professor with special responsibilities in Ethics and Philosophy of Religion, University of Copenhagen

  • Since 2014
    Founding Director of the interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Jewish Thought in Modern Culture (CJMC), University of Copenhagen

Selected publications

  • (Books:)

  • C. Welz and R. Rosfort (eds.): Hermeneutics and Negativism: Existential Ambiguities of Self-Understanding. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2018.

  • C. Welz: Humanity in God's Image: An Interdisciplinary Exploration. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2016.

  • C. Welz (ed.): Ethics of In-Visibility: Imago Dei, Memory, and Human Dignity in Jewish and Christian Thought. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2015.

  • C. Welz: Vertrauen und Versuchung. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2010.

  • A. Grøn and C. Welz (eds.); Trust, Sociality, Selfhood. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2010.

  • C. Welz, Love's Transcendence and the Problem of Theodicy. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2008.

  • C. Welz & K. Verstrynge (eds.), Despite Oneself. Subjectivity and its Secret in Kierkegaard and Levinas. London: Turnshare 2008.

  • (Articles and book chapters:)

  • C. Welz: "Shame and the Hiding Self." Passions in Context 2, 2011.

  • C. Welz: "Puzzles of Self-Deception and Problems of Orientation: Kierkegaard and the Current Debate in the Philosophy of Psychology." Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 2011, 157-180.

  • C. Welz: "The Future of the Past: Memory, Forgetting, and Personal Identity” in: Impossible Time: Past and Future in the Philosophy of Religion, ed. M. T. Mjaaland, U. H. Rasmussen, P. Stoellger. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2013, 191-212.

  • C. Welz: "Kierkegaard and Phenomenology" in: The Oxford Handbook of Kierkegaard, ed. J. Lippitt and G. Pattison. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2013, 440-463.

  • C. Welz: "Healing through Hope? Trauma, Memory, and Mental Imaging" in: Hope, ed. I.U. Dalferth and M.A. Block, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2016, 401-435

  • C. Welz: “Difficulties in Defining the Concept of God – Kierkegaard in Dialogue with Levinas, Buber, and Rosenzweig” in: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 80:1 (2016), 61-83,

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Projects related to the founding of the interdisciplinary "Center for the Study of Jewish Thought in Modern Culture" (CJMC) in 2014, see and

  • Book project 1: Vox peregrina: An Ethical, Theological, and Psycho(patho)logical Phenomenology of Listening (trilogy)

  • - Part 1: “Conscience, Self-Disclosure and Self-Deception: Emotion – Memory – Identity”

  • - Part 2: "Prayer, God’s Silence, and His ‘verbum externum’"

  • - Part 3: “Paradoxical Powers of Powerlessness: Trauma, Delusion, and Self-Surrender”

  • Book project 2: Freedom and Fallibility: From Luther to Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Levinas and Ricoeur

Additional qualifications

  • Research management


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