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Prof. Dr. Cornelia Richter

Academic Chair for Systematic Theology and Hermeneutics

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Phone: 0228/73-4171
Office: Nr. 1.106 (between the 2nd and 3rd floors to the right)
Address: Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät der
Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Am Hof 1, 53113 Bonn 
Main Office in Cologne:
Phone: 0221/ 470-2511
Address: Wilhelm-Backhaus-Str. 1a
50931 Köln

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Research Interests:

Resilience in Religion and Spirituality
Liberal Piety
Pedagogy of Dogma in religious education
Bible Hermeneutics

Selected Publications:

  • Art. Kosmos, in: Ludger Kühnhardt/Tilman Mayer(Hrsg.): The Bonn Handbook of Globality, Springer International, 2018, 1401-1407.

  • Feeling and Sense, Ethics and Culture. Perspectives on Religion and Culture in Schleiermacher and Cassirer, in: Niels J. Cappelørn et al. (Hrsg.): Schleiermacher und Kierkegaard. Subjektivität und Wahrheit/Subjectivity and Truth (Kg.-St. 11/Schl.-A. 21), de Gruyter: Berlin/New York, 2006, 159-177.

  • The Productive Power of Reason: Voices on Rationality and Religion – A Sketch of the Development of the Enlightenment and its Aftermath, in: Lieven Boeve et al. (Hrsg.): Faith in the Enlightenment? The Critique of the Enlightenment Revisited, Rodopi: Amsterdam/New York, 2006, 23-38.

  • The Body of Susanne K. Langer’s Mind, in: John Michael Krois et al. (Hrsg.): Embodiment in Cognition and Culture (AiCR vol. 71), John Benjamins Publishing Company: Amsterdam/Philadelphia, 2007, 107-125.

  • Friedrich Schleiermacher: Symbol theory, hermeneutics and forms of religious communication, in: Schleiermacher, the Study of Religion, and the Future of Theology. A Transatlantic Dialogue, hrsg. v. Brent Sockness/Wilhelm Gräb (TBT 148), de Gruyter: Berlin, 2010, 375-389.

  • Melanchthon on Affectivity – Performative Passion, in: Ingolf U. Dalferth/Michael Rodgers (Hrsg.): Passion and Passivity (RPT 61), Mohr Siebeck: Tübingen, 2011, 31-48.

  • Biobanking. Trust as Basis for Responsibility, in: Peter Dabrock/Jochen Taupitz/Jens Ried (Hrsg.): Trust in Biobanking. Dealing with Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in an Emerging Field of Biotechnology, Springer: Berlin/Heidelberg, 2012, 43-66.

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Young Voices in Hermeneutic Theory

The Illusion of Certainty.

Rhetorics and Pragmatics of Strategic Engagement with Truth and Reliability in Times of Political and Social Crisis

Workshop at the annual conference of Netzwerks Hermeneutik Interpretationstheorie (NHI)

in cooperation with Institut für Hermeneutik (ifh), Univerity of Bonn, and Peer Mentoring Group

“Systematische Theologie” of Graduate Campus, University of Zürich

13. November 2020

Call for Papers

Actual political and social developments are experienced as a crisis of conventions and certainty once considered reliable - even truth itself. Whether in political or media settings, the construction of facts, events, and identities is becoming increasingly polarized. How are the rhetorical strategies and pragmatic effects of these constructions to be understood? Which hermeneutical approaches can foster further understanding? And what does this show about conceptions of truth?

The Workshop “Young Voices in Hermeneutic Theory” takes place at the online conference “The Illusion of Certainty”. There these questions shall be addressed in interdisciplinary talks by young researchers in the fields of humanities, cultural sciences and social sciences.

Papers: Young researchers are invited to submit short papers (about 30,000 characters), which will be sent to all participants in advance and then discussed at the workshop. To apply, please send in an abstract (max. 3,000 characters) and a CV in docx-format.

Responses: The selected papers will be commented on by a respondent (max. 10 min) during the workshop to initiate the discussion. If you would like to give a response, please send in a short application including a CV in docx-format.


Applications: Please send in your application until July 31st to [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]. It will be anonymized and reviewed by a jury, whose members are part of the organizers of the conference and of NHI. If selected, you will receive notice of acceptance to your application by August 31st. We would like to request the final papers by October 30th so that they can be submitted to all participants in time.

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