Centre for Theology and Religious Studies

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


Professor of Systematic Theology (with competence in Philosophy of Religion) since 2015.

I have my academic background at various universities in Sweden, including Gothenburg (B.Th., M.A., 1998), Lund (D.Th., 2002), Stockholm School of Theology (lecturer, 2002–2014) and Uppsala (Docent, 2011). I have also spent several terms abroad as a Visiting Fellow: Heidelberg University (2000), Institut Catholique, Paris (2001), University of Potsdam (2005), University of Glasgow (2008), St. Benet's Hall, Oxford (2014).

My doctoral dissertation centered on the renewed debate on God within French phenomenology in the 1990s, and my present research is focused on philosophy and theology of history as well as on political philosophy and theology. In recent years I have also worked extensively on various aspects of Jewish thought and on anti-Jewish stereotypes within Christian theology. Currently, I am PI of a project on spiritual and aesthetic experience.


About the research

* Political messianism (Rosenzweig, Benjamin, Levinas, Derrida, Agamben, et. al)

* Theology and philosophy of history

* Religion and aestethics in early German Romanticism

* Jewish–Christian relations.

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Books (3)
Editorships (6)
Articles (30)
Book chapters (37)
Prefaces (1)
Reviews (24)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (21)
Newspaper articles (17)
Miscellaneous (2)
Supervision at Lund University (1)

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  • Reserve member, Academic Appointments Board, Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology


Other tasks and qualifications

Research Grants:

- Henrik Steffens-Fellowship, Alfred Toepfer Stiftung, 2004.

- Fellowship for post-doctoral research in a foreign country from the Nils-Eric Svensson Trust, Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, 2005.

- Research grant from the Swedish Research Council. Project: 'Thinking History: Prophetism, Messianism and the Development of the Spirit', 2008–2010.

- Research grant from Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation. Project: 'Time, Memory and Representation', 2010–2015.

- Research grant from the LMK foundation: Project: 'Approaching the Numinous: Intersections between Religion and Aesthetics in a Secular Society', 2017–2021.

Academic Awards and Prizes:

- Per Beskows Pris for contributing to the dialogue between theology, society and culture in the public sphere, 2014.

- Samfundet De Nios Julpris, 2014.

- Karin Gierows Pris (awarded be the Swedish Academy) for dedicated contribution to cultural formation or artful dissemination of knowledge, 2015.

Jayne Svenungsson

Studies in Faith and World Views
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies

Contact information

E-mail jayne.svenungssonctr.luse

Phone +46 46 222 43 39

Room LUX:B327

Visiting address Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Postal address Box 192, 221 00 Lund

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