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Visiting Fellow, 2017 – 2018

Günter Thomas

Professor of Systematic Theology, Ethics and Fundamental Theology Ruhr-University Bochum


Günter Thomas is Professor for Theology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum/Germany. He received a Doctorate in Theology from Heidelberg University and a Doctorate in Sociology from Tübingen University. His research interests are “Religion, Media and Culture,” “Medical Anthropology,” and “Constructive Theology of the 20th century,” in which he has published and edited more than 15 books and numerous essays. He was a Principal Investigator on a multi-year research initiative, “Interpretation of Illness in a Post-Secular Society,” and managed several interdisciplinary projects funded by private and public research grants. Over the last three years he has been Co-Principal Investigator of The Enhancing Life Project, for which he is preparing a manuscript on counter-worlds. As a Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year, he collaborated with William Schweiker, the Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics at the Divinity School, on the Living Aspirations project, focusing on how counter-worlds are seedbeds of aspirations as well as sediments where they are symbolized.

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Living Aspirations

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2017 – 2018