ZiF Research Group

'Felix Culpa'?

Guilt as Culturally Productive Force

October 2018 - July 2019

Convenors: Matthias Buschmeier (Bielefeld, GER),
Katharina von Kellenbach (St. Mary's City, USA)

Katharina von Kellenbach

Homepage St. Mary's College of Maryland

Curriculum Vitae

PhD: Temple University
Georg August Universität Göttingen (Theology)
Colloquium: Kirchliche Hochschule Berlin
Professional Experience
from 2006
Professor of Religious Studies at St. Mary's College of Maryland
2003 to 2007
Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, St. Mary's College of Maryland
1991 to 2000
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
1990 to 1991
Visiting Assistant Professor, Lehigh University, Muhlenberg and Moravian College
Selected Awards and Honors
Norton Dodge Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement, St. Mary's College
Grant proposal, DFG- Nachwuchswissenschaftler Netzwerk 'Schuld ErTragen.'
Researcher in Residence, Faculty of Theology, VU-Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellowship for Archival Research at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
2000 to 2001
Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Humboldt Universität
1991 to 2015
Faculty Development Grants, St. Mary's College of Maryland
Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation
DAAD Scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service)
(in progress)
Composting Guilt: An Ecofeminist Critique of Rituals of Purification of Past Wrongs
The Mark of Cain: Guilt and Denial in the Lives of Nazi Perpetrators. New York: Oxford University Press.
Björn Krondorfer, Norbert Reck, Katharina von Kellenbach. Mit Blick auf die Täter. Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus.
Anti-Judaism in Feminist Religious Writings. Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press.
with Karla Suomala. Crosscurrents: Dangerous Dialogues: Explorations at the Intersection of Religious Pluralism and Jewish-Christian Dialogue. Vol. 62, No. 3.
with Annette Esser and Annette Mehlhorn (Eds.) Feminist Approaches to Interreligious Dialogue. Leuven: Peeters Verlag
with Björn Krondorfer and Norbert Reck. Von Gott Reden im Land der Täter: Theologische Stimmen der dritten Generation nach der Shoah. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft.
with Susanne Scholz. Zwischen-Räume: Deutsche Feministische Theologinnen im Ausland. Münster: LIT Verlag.
Selected Book Chapters
"Criminal Trials as Rituals of Purification." In Rethinking Holocaust Justice: Essays Across Disciplines. Edited by Norman Goda. 48-71. New York: Berghahn.
"Notes on the Christian Battle to End the 'Abortion Holocaust.'" In Lived Religion and the Politics of (In)Tolerance. Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Change Vol 1. Edited by Srdjan Sremac. 41-61. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
"The Costs of Contrition." In Contritio: Annäherungen an Schuld, Scham und Reue. Beihefte zur Ökumenischen Rundschau 114. Edited by Julia Enxing and Katharina Petz, 81-98. Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt.
"Die Parabel vom verlorenen Sohn." In Schämen sollen sich alle, die den Bildern dienen: Predigthilfe & Materialien für die Gemeinden. Edited by Aktion Suehnezeichen/Friedensdienste, 37-40. Berlin: Aktion Suehnezeichen/Friedensdienste.
"Altes Gift in neuen Schläuchen: Antijudaismus, Antisemitismus, Antizionismus." In Rechtsextremismus als Herausforderung für die Theologie. Edited by Sonja Strube, 181-196. Munich: Herder Verlag.
"The 'Legend' of Women's Resistance in the Rosenstrasse." In Protest in Hitler's National Community: Popular Unrest and the Nazi Response. Edited by Nathan Stoltzfus and Birgit Maier-Katkin, 165-174. New York/Oxford: Berghahn Publishers.
"The Paradox of Freedom: Mary, the Manhattan Declaration and Women's Submission to Childbearing." In Quests for Freedom: Biblical, Historical, Contemporary. Edited by Michael Welker, 75-95. Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag.
"Cultivating a Hermeneutic of Respect for Judaism: Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible after the Holocaust." Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Retrospect: Contexts & Ideologies (vol. 2). Edited by Susanne Scholz, 253-270. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press.
'Women and Violence: La Bete Humaine Klara Pförtsch.' Zeitschrift für Theologie und Kulturgeschichte: Theologie und Vergangenheitsbewältigung, Genderaspekte in der Aufarbeitung der Vergangenheit. Edited by August Leugers-Scherzberg, No 8, 157-178.
'Dialogue in Times of War: Christian Women's Rescue of Jews in Hitler's Germany.' Women in Interreligious Dialogue. Edited by Catherine Cornille. Portland, OR: Wipf & Stock, 70-88.
'Interreligious Dialogue and the Development of a Transreligious Identity: A Correspondence.' Feminist Approaches to Interreligious Dialogue, Edited by Annette Esser, Katharina von Kellenbach, Rabeya Müller. Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 41-59.
'Theologische Rede von Schuld und Vergebung als Täterschutz.' Von Gott Reden im Land der Täter: Theologische Stimmen der dritten Generation nach der Shoah. Edited by Katharina von Kellenbach, Björn Krondorfer and Norbert Reck. Darmstadt: WBG, 48-72.
'Denial and Defiance in the Work of Rabbi Regina Jonas.' In God's Name: Genocide and Religion in the 20th Century. Edited by Phyllis Mack and Omar Bartov. New York: Berghahn Publishers, 243-259.
'Am I A Murderer? Judges 19-21 as a Parable of Meaningless Suffering.' Strange Fire: Reading the Hebrew Bible after the Holocaust. Edited by Tod Linafelt. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 177-191.
'Reproduction and Resistance during the Holocaust.' Women and the Holocaust. Edited by Esther Fuchs. Lanham, MD: University of America Press, 19-33.
Selected Journal Articles
'The Liberation of Perpetrators.' The Holocaust in History and Memory: 70 Years After the Liberation of the Camps. Edited by Rainer Schulze, Vol 7, 95-109.
'Composting Guilt: A Critique of Rituals of Purification.' К у л т у р а /Culture, Balkan Network of Cultural Studies, No 5/2014 (paper and online)
'Satisfactio als Reinigung des Gedächtnisses.' Tübinger Theologische Quartalzeitschrift, Edited by Michael Theobald und Ottmar Fuchs, No 3, 241-254.
'Resisting Simplification: Gender Analysis, the Ethic of Care and the Holocaust.' Australian Journal of Jewish Studies: Testifying to the Holocaust. Ed. Pam McClean, Michele Langfield, Dvir Abramovich, 59-75, Sydney: Australian Association of Jewish Studies.
'God's Love and Women's Love: Prison Chaplains Counsel Wives of Nazi Perpetrators.' Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 20 (2):7-24.
'Vanishing Acts: Perpetrators in Postwar Germany.' Journal of Holocaust and Genocide Studies 17 (2): 305-329.
'God Does Not Oppress Any Human Being: The Life and Thought of Rabbi Regina Jonas.' Leo Baeck Institute: Yearbook XXXIX, 213-225.