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Raphaela Swadosch

A study on the conditions of resonance of the Song of Songs and its reception (working title)

The history of reception on the Song of Songs shows a great variety of interpretations. Regardless of whether one tends to allegorical, literal or spiritual reception, a broad horizon of meanings and interpretations unfolds. Combining Old Testament Studies with resonance theory, this thesis aims to make a contribution – on an interdisciplinary level – to deduce further possible interpretations of the Song of Songs.

Therefore this thesis engages with the self-world-relations of the Song of Songs. Its inner as well as its outer self-world-relations. The parameters to explore these relations derive from Hartmut Rosa's resonance theory. The aim is to find out under what conditions and to what results the poetic language of the Song generates resonance and how that reflects in its reception with special regard to mystical, rabbinic and contemporary interpretations.




Since 2018 PhD candidate in the Doctoral Program “Resonant Self-World-Relations” at the Karl-Franzens-University, Graz

2015 M.A. Theology at the School of Theology, Reutlingen

2013/14 Scholarship program at the Duke Divinity School Durham, North Carolina, USA

2004 Interdisciplinary further training program: Conflict and Peace at the FernUniversität Hagen

2001 M.A. Sociology and Politics at the Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg


Coordination Erfurt

Dr. Elisabeth Begemann


Coordination Graz

Dr. Anna-Katharina Rieger

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Two doctoral positions are open for the study year 2020/21. For further information on the call see here.

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