Katharina von Kellenbach
Katharina von Kellenbach, Professor of Religious Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, was awarded a prestigious grant over 500,000 Euros by the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF) at the University of Bielefeld. During the academic year 2018-2019, she and her colleague Matthias Buschmaier (literature, University of Bielefeld) will lead a group of fourteen scholars from different continents representing the disciplines of anthropology, art, classics, law, medieval studies, philosophy, psychology, religious studies and sociology to examine the idea of guilt as a productive force in the transformation of violent conflicts.
Titled Felix Culpa? Guilt as a Culturally Productive Force, the research group will be in residence at the ZIF in Bielefeld to exchange theoretical perspectives on the notion of ‘productive guilt’ and to pursue individual projects in a variety of cultural contexts ranging from white guilt in the United States to the Turkish denial of the Armenian genocide, from religious healing rituals in Mozambique to the reception of Syrian refugees in Germany as negotiation of different kinds of guilt. The project closely examines the intersections of violence, shame and guilt to ask how guilt consolidates social orders in the cultural production of jurisprudence, art, literature, and religion. Each scholar pursues their own research project while engaging in collaborative discussion across disciplines and different religious, cultural, and linguistic contexts to explore the wealth of symbolic representations and discourses of guilt.
Courses Recently Taught
- RELG 318. Feminism and Religion
- RELG 301. Death and Dying
- RELG 330. Modern Religious Thought
- RELG 380. Religion and Ecology
- RELG 210. Biblical Foundations
- Evangelical-Lutheran Theology - kirchliche Hochschule Berlin (West)
- Evangelical-Lutheran Theology - University of Göttingen
- Ph.D. - Religion - Temple University
Areas of Expertise
- Feminist Theology
- Jewish-Christian Relations
- Holocaust Studies
- Biblical Studies
The Mark of Cain: Guilt and Denial in the Lives of Nazi Perpetrators. New York: Oxford University Press., 2013
Uses previously unpublished archival materials to examine the presence and texture of guilt in the lives of perpetrators of atrocity over several decades in post-war Germany.