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Existential Orientation and Meaning of Life

PhD course at Faculty of ARTS, Aarhus University

May 15-16, 2024 (9:00-16:00 on both days)

Venue: Campus Aarhus, Studenterhuset, Nordre Ringgade 3, 8000 Aarhus C

Please sign up with or without a proposal for a paper via the course link (https://phdcourses.dk/Course/111207) no later than March 20, 2024

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Poetry reading by Laus Strandby Nielsen who reads from Halvvejs gennem uendeligheden piano concert with the Australian pianist Stephen Whale.

Friday, December 15, 2023, 14:00-15.30

Venue: Bibliotekshaven på Det Kgl. Bibliotek, Victor Albecks Vej 1, Aarhus

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’Dialogue’ – A Trans-Disciplinary Concept and Bridge-Building Practice

December 13-14, 2023: PhD and postdoctoral course and concluding conference of the Dialogue-project:

'DIALOGUE' – A Trans-Disciplinary Concept and Bridge-Building Practice”.

Venue: Nobelparken, Aarhus University, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3, Building 1453-415

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Ethics, Religion, and Resonance

September 13-14, 2023

Two-day PhD course including Master class and Future Lecture with Hartmut Rosa

Nobelparken, Aarhus University, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3, Building 1453-415



Hospitality: A Taste of Eternity

May 10, 2023, 13:00 - 18:00

Open seminar with Paul Mendes-Flohr.

Aarhus University, Museum of Ancient Art

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Sponsored by the PhD School and the research program at Department of Theology, Aarhus University.

May 9-10, 2023

PhD and postdoctoral course & conference. 

Keynote Speakers: Paul Mendes-Flohr and Johannes Nissen.

Program and abstracts

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"Religion, Migration and Hospitality"

December 21, 2022, 13:00-15:30 

Open seminar

Aarhus University, building 1451-416 and online.

Sponsored by the research program at the Department of Theology.


"Dialogue and the Art of Listening"

September 22-23, 2022

PhD and postdoctoral course & conference. 

Keynote Speakers: Aslaug Kristiansen, Paul Mendes-Flohr, Peter Szendy and Salomé Voegelin. 


"Judaism Facing the Challenges of Modernity"

Friday, September 2, 2022, 10:00-11:00 o’clock Via Zoom

Dr. Paul Mendes-Flohr is professor emeritus at Hebrew University Jerusalem & University of Chicago


”Freedom, Sin, and Redemption – A Dialogue about the Danish Folk Church’s Lutheran Confession”

August 23,2022 at 14.15-16.00. 

Aarhus Univeristy, Nobelauditoriet, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3, building 1482

Discussion between Anders-Christian Jacobsen and Sasja Stopa. Moderated by Claudia Welz.


"Truth and truthfulness"

August 15-16, 2022 PhD course & conference. Keynote speakers: Jan Dietrich, Thomas Schwarz Wentzer, Troels Engberg-Pedersen, Claudia Welz.

See the program here 

"Lunch meeting Oslo-Aarhus on migration & hospitality, climate crisis & environmental ethics"

June 17, 2022 Lunch meeting Oslo-Aarhus on migration & hospitality, climate crisis & environmental ethics. See the program here

"Epistemic Virtues and the Practice of Dialogue"

June 15-16, 2022 PhD and postdoctoral course & conference. Keynote speakers: Luca di Blasi (University of Berne), Menachem Fisch (Tel Aviv University), Elad Lapidot (University of Lille) and Heiko Schulz (Goethe-University Frankfurt). 

”At høre det uhørte: Teologisk epistemologi som dialogisk livsorientering”

May 6, 2022, 15:45-16:45.

Inaugural lecture of Claudia Welz at Aarhus University

"The development of an inter-epistemological approach to religious conflicts"

March 9, 2022, 17:00-19:00: Online-Seminar ”The development of an inter-epistemological approach to religious conflicts“. Speakers: Luca di Blasi (University of Berne) and Elad Lapidot (Université de Lille). Register by sending an e-mail to Claudia Welz at clw@cas.au.dk by March 7.

Open Online Seminar with Menachem Fisch (Tel Aviv University) on “Epistemic Humility”

Sept. 13, 2021

Discussion of Menachem Fisch, ”A Modest Proposal: Toward a Religious Politics of Epistemic Humility” in: The Rationality of Religious Dispute, red. Hava Tirosh-Samuelson og Aaron W. Hughes, Leiden: Brill 2016, s. 49-71

“Relational Ontology in Luther, Kierkegaard, and Løgstrup: Investigating the ‘in-between’ Self and Other”

Conference, PhD and postdoctoral course: “Relational Ontology in Luther, Kierkegaard, and Løgstrup: Investigating the ‘In-Between’ Self and Other,” August 25-26, 2021, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. Keynote speakers: Marius Timmann Mjaaland (Oslo University), Robert Stern (University of Sheffield), and Patrick Stokes (Deakin University, Melbourne).

”Agapeistic Ethics: Exploring the Second-Person Perspective”, ph.d.-kursus og online-seminar på Aarhus Universitet

PhD course and online seminar: “Agapeistic Ethics: Exploring the Second-Person Perspective,” May 27-28, 2021, Aarhus University. Keynote speakers: Stephen Darwall (Yale University), Werner Jeanrond (Oslo University), and Peter Kline (St. Francis Theological College, Brisbane). The aim of this seminar is to provide an overview of theories describing the second-person perspective and its importance to agapeistic ethics. All interested are welcome!

"Buber reading"

Employing chavruta, we read and discussed Martin Buber’s book Daniel (1913) in 2021 and are currently reading I and Thou (1923) together with Paul Mendes-Flohr, Professor emeritus, University of Chicago/Hebrew University of Jerusalem. If you want to participate in the reading evenings, please mail to the host and convenor, professor Claudia Welz: clw@cas.au.dk