Universität Innsbruck

Doktoratskolleg (DK)
Catholic Theology in a Globalised World

Zielsetzung und Umfang

Das Doktoratskolleg Catholic Theology in a Globalised World (DKTh) stellt maßgebliche Entwicklungen in Kirche und Weltgesellschaft ins Zentrum seiner Aufmerksamkeit, um zu einer Theologie beizutragen, die einer Kirche - die in vielen Herausforderungen und Konflikten steht -, dazu verhelfen möchte, ihre globale Verantwortung angemessener nach innen und nach außen wahrzunehmen.

Als ältester und größter globaler Player wohl nicht nur der europäischen Geschichte kann die Katholische Kirche für eine Weltgesellschaft, die in einem ebenso radikalen Wandel wie in einer tiefen Krise steckt, einen hilfreichen und nachhaltigen Beitrag leisten. Die traditionell hohe Internationalität der Doktorand*innen an der Innsbrucker Theologischen Fakultät legt eine solche Orientierung nahe.

Neben dem Jesuitenkolleg ist vor allem das Canisianum zu nennen, in dem die Studierenden auch spirituell begleitet werden. In Kontinuität zu dieser Tradition möchte das DKTh auch dazu beitragen, den Anteil an qualifizierten Frauen aus aller Welt in Kirche und Gesellschaft zu erhöhen.  Diese Internationalität birgt vielfältige Erfahrungshintergründe aus sehr unterschiedlichen sozialen Schichten mit ihren Konflikten und Chancen aus potentiell allen Kulturen.

Diese Diversität und Pluralität der Studierenden repräsentieren die Situation der Katholischen Kirche nach dem Zweiten Vatikanischen Konzil. Diese Kirche ist nach Karl Rahner in eine neue Epoche ihrer Geschichte eingetreten, in der sie Weltkirche werden soll, d.h. sie soll eine Glaubensgemeinschaft werden, die sich in vielen Kulturen und Kontexten wirklich inkulturiert und ihre "Katholizität" ökumenisch und interreligiös lebt.

In dieser Diversität und Pluralität wird sie nachdrücklich danach befragt, wie sie innere Einheit in ausdrücklicher Vielfalt und solidarische Gemeinschaft mit allen Menschen tatsächlich lebt (LG 1; GS 1). In dieser Spannung ist das DKTh angesiedelt und wird die sich daraus ergebenden Fragen, Probleme und Konflikte aufgreifen, um zu einem Laboratorium für eine "Welt-Theologie" der Zukunft zu werden.

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  • (3) Admission and Affiliation of DKTH-Doctoral Students
  • (4) Doctoral Thesis
  • (5) Curricular Activities

Eröffnungsvortrag des Doktoratskollegs „Catholic Theology in a Globalised World“ von Univ.-Prof. DDr. Franz Gmainer-Pranzl, Leiter des Zentrums Theologie Interkulturell und Studium der Religionen an der Universität Salzburg

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Forschungsprojekt
NO LONGER TWO BUT ONE: Theological Foundations and Pastoral Implications of Harmonising Church and Igbo Traditional Marriages

Über das Projekt

Die Worte Jesu in Lukas 4:18-19 zeigen, dass das Wohlergehen der Menschen und die soziale Entwicklung integrale Bestandteile seiner göttlichen Sendung sind. Christliche Theologie zielt sowohl auf das zeitliche als auch auf das geistliche Wohlergehen der menschlichen Person ab. Mit dem Wachstum des Christentums in Afrika erwartet man eine entsprechende Entwicklung des Kontinents. Afrikanische Christen sind jedoch besorgt, dass das Christentum nicht die erwarteten Früchte trägt.

 In vielen traditionellen afrikanischen Gesellschaften führte das Aufkommen des missionarischen Christentums zum Zusammenbruch traditioneller Lebensweisen. Traditionelle Kulturen wurden entweder dämonisiert oder aufgegeben. Diese ablehnende Haltung gegenüber afrikanischen Kulturen besteht in unterschiedlichen Ausprägungen fort. Heute wird der „Same des Glaubens“ nicht tief auf fruchtbaren Böden, in den Menschen vertrauten Lebensweisen und im Einklang mit dem Evangelium gesät.

Dies ist der Fall bei der traditionellen Ehe in Igbo (Nigeria) Kultur. Einerseits gilt die traditionelle Igbo-Ehe nicht als Sakrament. Folglich müssen christliche Paare in der Kirche heiraten. Andererseits ist die kirchliche Ehe in der Igbo-Kultur unzureichend. Paare müssen die traditionelle Hochzeit des Igbo feiern, sogar vor der kirchlichen Trauung. Offensichtlich verursachen die beiden Ehen Belastungen, Spannungen und Verwirrungen in Familie, Kirche und Gesellschaft. Daher ist es notwendig, das Sakrament der Ehe für Igbo-Christen zu überdenken. Diese Studie schlägt die Harmonisierung der beiden Ehen zu einer vor. Dies würde nicht nur die Belastung durch Doppelehen verringern, sondern auch den Glauben, die Familie und die Gesellschaft insgesamt stärken. Dieses Paradigma kann auch in anderen afrikanischen Ländern und Kulturen mit ähnlicher Herausforderung der Integration von Glauben, Kultur und Entwicklung angewendet werden.

Unter Verwendung relevanter theologischer Ressourcen und Erkenntnisse aus anderen Disziplinen wendet die Studie die „See-Judge-Act“ (Sehen-Bewerten-Handeln) an.

Über mich

Aneto Emmanuel Onyinye

Mein Name ist Emmanuel Onyinye Aneto. Ich wurde 1984 geboren. Ich komme aus Nigeria. Ich habe einen Bachelor in Philosophie und in Theologie am Bigard Memorial Enugu, Nigeria. 2014 wurde ich für die katholische Diözese Aba, Nigeria, zum Priester geweiht. Seit meiner Priesterweihe im Jahr 2014 bis April 2017 arbeitet ich als Kaplan, Schullehrer, Koordinator der Päpstlichen Missionsunion und Leiter der Kurie in meiner Diözese. Ich habe im Jahr 2020 einen Masterabschluss in Pastoraltheologie an der renommierten Universität Innsbruck und promoviere derzeit im selben Bereich an derselben Universität.

BIODATA

  • Name: Emmanuel Onyinye Aneto
  • Geburtsdatum: 02.02.1984
  • Staatsangehörigkeit: Nigeria
  • Diözese: Aba

BILDUNG/AUSBILDUNG

  • Kindergarten: St. Imelda Nursery and Primary School, Ihiala, Anambra State, Nigeria (1988-1991)
  • Grundschule:
    • Central School, Imo River, Abia State, Nigeria (1991-1993) and 
    • Daughters of Mary, Mother of Mercy, Nursery and Primary School, Oyigbo, Rivers State, Nigeria. (1993-1997)
      • Zertifikat: First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC)
  • Hauptschule (Knabenseminar):
    • Annunciation Seminary Amaudara, Abia State, Nigeria (1997- 2003).
    • Zertifikat: Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE)
  • Propaedeutic: St. Mary Propadeutic Seminary, Azumini Ndoki, Abia State Nigeria (2004-2005).
  • Priesterseminar:
    • Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu State, Nigeria; affiliate of Pontifical Urban University, Rome (2005-2009).
      • Zertifikat: Bachelor in Philosophy (B.PHIL).
    • Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu State, Nigeria; affiliate of Pontifical Urban University, Rome (2009-2013).
      • Zertifikat: Bachelor in Theology (B.TH)
  • Ausbildung: Krankenhause Seelsorger (2020), Aushilfspriester, Krankenhausseelsorge, Innsbruck Klinikum, Österreich
  • Weiterstudium:
    • Universität Innsbruck, Österreich (2018-2020).
      • Zertifikat: Mag.  Pastoral Theologie.
  • Promotion: Universität Innsbruck, Österreich (2020 bis voraussichtlich 2023)

Thema
Konflikte und Eroberungen: Israels Herausforderungen in Numeri 20 und 21

About the project

In Numeri 20 und 21 wird der Auszug der Söhne Israels aus der Wüste geschildert. Die Wanderung ist geprägt von besonderen Konflikten, in die verschiedene Personen verwickelt sind, von denen jedoch eine besonders hervorsticht - Jhwh.

Jhwh verkörpert den Geist und das Bewusstsein von Israel als Nation. Israel findet seine Identität in ihm, Israel schreitet mit ihm voran, und nur durch ihn gedeiht Israel.

Die Schwierigkeiten in der Wüste dienen dazu, dieses Bewusstsein durch innere und äußere Konflikte zu schulen. So zeigen die endgültigen Ereignisse zwischen Kadesch in Zin und Moab, dass Israel sich nicht einmal um Mose, sondern um Jhwh zusammenschließen muss.

Das Projekt wird sich bemühen, Num 20 und 21 synchron zu analysieren, um die Botschaft hinter dem Text zu erfassen, die ich dann in jedem sozialen, religiösen und kulturellen Milieu anwenden kann.

About me

Ich bin Priester in der Katholischen Diözese von Nakuru, Kenia. Ich bin in einer polygamen Familie aufgewachsen, wobei meine Mutter vier von sechsunddreißig Kindern hatte.

Ich gehöre zum Stamm der Luo und spreche Dholuo, aber ich kann mich auch fließend in Kisuaheli, Englisch und Deutsch verständigen. Außerdem verstehe ich Hebräisch und Griechisch.

Ich habe in Kenia die Grund- und Sekundarschule sowie die Priesterausbildung bekommen.

Ich habe einen Bachelor-Abschluss in Philosophie und Theologie von der Urbaniana Universität Rom und einen Master-Abschluss von der Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck. Ich interessiere mich für die Bibel, lokale und geopolitische Themen und interkulturelle Theologie.

Research Project
The Threat of Hindutva to Religious Freedom in India: A Christian Response

About the project

India is the world’s largest democratic and secular country. It is multi-cultural and multi-religious. Its identity is pluralism and secularism. The Constitution of the Republic of India in Article 25 (1) guarantees religious freedom as one of the fundamental rights of every citizen of India. It has also protections for minority rights against discrimination on the grounds of religion and caste.  But after the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP; Indian Peoples’ Party), a national political party’s consecutive victory in the 2014 and 2019 national elections, the right to religious freedom/ belief has come under threat because of its ideological stance with right-wing Hindu extremists such as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS; National Volunteer Organization) who carries and propagate the ideology of Hindutva (Hindu-ness/ Hinduisation).  According to the concept of Hindutva, everyone who lives in India is none other than a Hindu, and India belongs to Hindus only.  It looks at Christianity and Islam as a ‘foreign’, a threat to their political power, ‘traditional’ society, and the ‘indigenous’ religion (Hinduism). However, its primary agenda is to change secular India into ‘Hindu Rashtra (Hindu nation), which is antithetical to democratic and secular India, dreamed by forefathers of the nation such as Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. B. R Ambedkar, Jawahar Lal Nehru, and Maulana Azad. It focuses on the official teaching of the Church on religious freedom in its dogma Dignitatis Humanae in the light of the religious context of India.

About me

Chapala Subbaiah

Name: Subbaiah Chapala
Nationality: Indian
Designation: Roman Catholic Priest

Academic Education

  • B.A. Philosophy
    Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • Bachelor of Theology (B. Th.)
    St. John’s Regional Seminary, Hyderabad, A.P., India.
  • Master of Arts (M.A. Lit.)
    Andhra University, A.P., India.
  • Master of Theology (M. Th.)
    The Catholic University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Dissertation Project
The Threat of Hindutva to Religious Freedom in India: A Christian Response

Dissertation Guide
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Guggenberger

Forschungsprojekt
Soziale Gerechtigkeit: Amartya Sen's The Idea of Justice and Christian Social Ethics; A Theological Response to Socio-political Context in India

Über das Projekt

Das Thema meines Forschungsprojekts lautet "Soziale Gerechtigkeit: Amartya Sen's The Idea of Justice and Christian Social Ethics; A Theological Response to Socio-political Context in India".  Dieses Forschungsprojekt ist ein Versuch, die Christliche Sozialethik und Amartya Sen's Idee der Gerechtigkeit in einen Dialog zu bringen, um die Möglichkeit eines Bündnisses zur Förderung der sozialen Gerechtigkeit im zeitgenössischen indischen Kontext zu erkunden, angesichts der wachsenden Ungleichheiten, die durch die neoliberalen Mechanismen des freien Marktes, hyper-nationalistische Bewegungen, tief sitzende Ressentiments und Wut unter großen Teilen der Bevölkerung vorangetrieben werden, die bezeichnende Auswirkungen auf die demokratischen Praktiken haben. Obwohl die Christliche Sozialethik und Amartya Sen's The Idea of Justice aus zwei sehr unterschiedlichen philosophischen und theologischen Hintergründen stammen, haben sie viele Gemeinsamkeiten in ihrem Verständnis von Gerechtigkeit, Freiheit und authentischer menschlicher Entwicklung. Daher scheint es ein vielversprechendes Projekt zu sein, die christliche Sozialethik mit Amartya Sen in einen Dialog zu bringen, um komplementäre Dimensionen zwischen ihnen zu erkunden, in der Hoffnung, dass dies zu einem gegenseitigen theoretischen Beitrag führt, insbesondere zum Verständnis der sozialen Gerechtigkeit. Obwohl es bereits Versuche in dieser Richtung gegeben hat, konzentriert sich dieses Projekt auf die philosophischen und theologischen Grundlagen der sozialen Gerechtigkeit in der Idee der Gerechtigkeit und der Christlichen Sozialethik und untersucht die Möglichkeit der Komplementarität.

Über mich

Kumar Hrudayaraj Bala Kiran

Bala Kiran Kumar Hrudayaraj SJ

Bala Kiran Kumar Hrudayaraj ist Doktorand an der Universität Innsbruck und Jesuitenpater aus der Provinz Karnataka, Indien. Er wurde in Bangalore geboren und schloss 2009 sein Studium der Wirtschaftswissenschaften und Literatur an der Universität Mangalore ab. 2015 promovierte er in Theologie an der Jnana Deep Vidyapeeth in Pune. Seinen Master in Theologie schloss er 2019 an der Universität Innsbruck ab. Derzeit forscht er im Bereich Sozialethik an der Universität Innsbruck.

Dissertation Project
“That They may be one, as We are ‘One’": An Exegetical and Theological Study of John 17

About the project

The dissertation focuses on the Johannine concept of “oneness” and its implications in the believing community. What sort of oneness is Jesus praying for? Jesus prayed for “the inner oneness of the community,” “a unity of love,” and not simply a “matter of unanimity.” The source of oneness of believers is not only seen in Jesus but also in God, in particular, “in the union of Father and Son.” How does this “oneness” become missional and how does Jesus’ prayer for ‘oneness’ point to the formation of a believing community, is the research area of the project. The significance of the term “one” in John to convey the oneness of the Father and the Son and the oneness of the believers is sought out. In brief, the dissertation treats how does the term ‘one’ in John expresses theological oneness (the oneness of God), the oneness of the Son and the Father, and the oneness of the believers which is also missional in nature.

About me

Kurian Simi

Name: Simi Kurian

Nationality: Indian

Status: Religious

Academic Education: B.Sc., B.Ed. (Graduated in Chemistry and Physics)

Profession: Teaching

Professional Experience: Taught Physical Science in school (Chemistry & Physics 2000 – 2007, 2010-2016)

Theological Studies: B.Th (2007-2010), Licentiate in Biblical Studies (2016-2018)

Dissertation Project: “That They may be ‘One’, as We are ‘One’”: An Exegetical and Theological Study of John 17

Dissertation Guide: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Liborius Paul Repschinski

Dissertation
„Josef Andreas Jungmann und sein Beitrag zum Zweiten Vatikanischen Konzil – eine pastoraltheologisch-historische Spurensuche“

Über das Projekt

Josef Andreas Jungmann war neben Karl Rahner der zweite bedeutende Innsbrucker Konzilstheologe des Zweiten Vatikanischen Konzils. Im Laufe seines Lebens erlange Jungmann weltweite Bekanntheit als Experte für Liturgiegeschichte und Verfechter einer liturgischen Erneuerung. Basierend auf kirchengeschichtlicher Forschung setzte er sich für eine christozentrische Liturgie ein, an der das gesamte Volk teilhaben kann und soll. Jungmanns Beitrag zum Zweiten Vatikanischen Konzil, zum Konzilsdokument „Sacrosanctum Concilium“ und vor allem seine Rolle als Relator in der Vorbereitungskommission sind jedoch größtenteils unerforscht. Mit Hilfe seines persönlichen Nachlasses, welcher eine umfangreiche Materialsammlung zum Konzil enthält, soll diese Lücke der Forschung zum Zweiten Vatikanischen Konzil geschlossen werden.

Über mich

Mair Michael

Michael Mair, geboren in Südtirol, absolvierte von 2014-2020 in Innsbruck das Lehramtsstudium der beiden Unterrichtsfächer Katholische Religion und Geschichte, Sozialkunde und Politische Bildung. Nach Abschluss im März 2020 folgte die Inskription in das PhD-Programm der Theologisch-Katholischen Fakultät der Universität Innsbruck. Im Fachbereich Pastoraltheologie bei Erstbetreuer Prof. Christian Bauer widmet sich Michael Mair in seinem Dissertationsprojekt dem Wirken von Josef Andreas Jungmann im Zweiten Vatikanischen Konzil. Zweitbetreuer dieser Arbeit ist Prof. i.R. Rudolf Pacik aus Salzburg.

Dissertationsprojekt
Inhalt und Ausmaß des Heils in der in Jes 51,1–52,12 angekündigten Tröstung

Über das Projekt

Das Buch Jesaja offenbart eine ganze literarische, sprachliche, strukturelle, thematische und sogar theologische Komplexität, die es schwierig macht, seine innere Logik zu bestätigen. Um diese Schwierigkeit zu lösen, besteht die große Tendenz darin, auf das autoritäre Argument zurückzugreifen. Durch die Annäherung an den Text mittels der synchronen Methode scheint uns jedoch eine Logik den Inhalt des Buches zu durchdringen.

Jesaja 51,1-52,12 ist ein Text, der alle oben erwähnten Komplexitäten in sich vereint. Der Zweck dieser Arbeit ist es, diesen Text durch eine synchrone Studie zu vertiefen, um seine Logik hervorzuheben. Aber beim Lesen des Textes fällt einem der Reichtum der Trostbotschaft auf, die ihn durchdringt und deren Besonderheit darin besteht, die existentielle Realität der Empfänger nicht zu verdunkeln. Diese Botschaft findet somit ihre volle Bedeutung im ivorischen sozio-religiösen Kontext, der von einer Verkündigung der biblischen Trostbotschaft geprägt ist, manchmal ohne Rücksicht auf die existenzielle Realität der Empfänger. Wir finden es daher wichtig, ausgehend von diesem Jesajatext auch über die Frage der Heilsverkündigung im aktuellen ivorischen Kontext nachzudenken.

Über mich

Motché Ehouman Kystone Frederic

Name: Motché Ehouman Kystone Frederic

Staatsbürgerschaft: Ivorer

Ausbildung:

  • Oktober 2005-Juni 2007
    Philosophiestudium am Priesterseminar saint Paul d‘Abadjin Kouté
  • Juni 2012
    Université Catholique d‘Afrique de l’Ouest
  • April 2021
    Magister Theologie an der Universität Innsbruck

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Friedrich Bauer
Institut für Praktische Theologie

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Georg Fischer SJ
Institut für Bibelwissenschaften und Historische Theologie

Univ.-Ass. Mag. Marisa Hanna Gasteiger
Institut für Systematische Theologie

Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Guggenberger
Institut für Systematische Theologie

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christoph Jäger
Institut für Christliche Philosophie

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Liborius Olaf Lumma
Institut für Bibelwissenschaften und Historische Theologie

Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Josef Quitterer
Institut für Christliche Philosophie

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Boris Repschinski SJ
Institut für Bibelwissenschaften und Historische Theologie

Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Willibald Sandler
Institut für Systematische Theologie

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Roman Anton Siebenrock
Institut für Systematische Theologie

assoz. Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Wandinger
Institut für Systematische Theologie

Aneto, Emmanuel Onyinye

Baraza, Amos Odhiambo

Chapala, Subbaiah

Gasteiger, Marisa Hanna

Kumar Hrudayaraj, Bala Kiran

Kurian, Simi

Mair, Michael

Motché , Ehouman Kystone Frederic

Derzeit noch keine Alumna/ keinen Alumnus

Statute of the Doktoratskolleg / Doctoral Research Group
Catholic Theology in a globalised World at the Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck

The Doctoral College “Theology in the World Church” (DKTh) focuses on significant developments in the church and international society. It aims to contribute to a theology that seeks to help a church facing many challenges and conflicts to better assume its global responsibility, both internally and externally. As the oldest and greatest global player, in European history and probably beyond, the Catholic Church can make a helpful and lasting contribution to a world society in the midst of both radical change and deep crisis.

The traditionally high number of international doctoral students at the Innsbruck Faculty of Theology lends itself to such an orientation. In addition to the Jesuit College, it is especially worth mentioning the Canisianum, in which students are also given spiritual guidance. In continuity with this tradition, the DKTh also wants to contribute to increasing the proportion of qualified women from all over the world, both in church and in society. These international students bring a wide range of experiences from very different social classes, alongside conflicts and opportunities, from potentially all cultures.

This diversity and plurality of students is representative of the situation of the Catholic Church after the Second Vatican Council. According to Karl Rahner, the church has entered a new historical epoch, in which it is genuinely to become a world church, i.e. a faith community which is truly inculturated in many cultures and contexts, and which lives its "catholicity" ecumenically and interreligiously. Amidst this diversity and plurality, it is important to ask how the Church today realizes internal unity in solidarity with all people (LG 1; GS 1). It is within this complex field that the DKTh is located and will explore the questions, problems and conflicts that are its remit, to become a laboratory for a "world theology" of the future. The Second Vatican Council said that the “Church has always had the duty of scrutinizing the signs of the times and of interpreting them in the light of the Gospel” (GS 4). This impulse has become theologically fruitful, especially in the countries of the global South. The aim is to create interchange between systematic and practical theology, which seeks to convey life and doctrine, as well as theory and practice, constitutively with one another. This task has been emphasized by the Apostolic Constitution "Veritatis gaudium" (2017) and recommended to the universal church. The latter text calls for a radical paradigm shift and a courageous cultural revolution (VG, Introduction 3). In setting out the guiding principles of the Catholic Church as a global educational institution for the coming decades, the “Veritatis gaudium”, together with "Fratelli tutti" (2020), forms the inspirational basis of the DKTh.

The DKTh wants to become a future-oriented research institution, in which scholars can interact with responsible freedom and with mutual transparency, “thus entering into dialogue among themselves for the sake of protecting nature, defending the poor, and building networks of respect and fraternity” (VG 5). The “Leopold Franzens University of Innsbruck” (UIBK) is an ideal place for such a project. "Veritatis Gaudium" promotes the joint effort of all good-willed people to work on a human future in this Earth, our common home. This corresponds to the sustainability goals of the UNO, which have been adopted by the Republic of Austria and the UIBK. In this context, a science of faith is guided as much by peace and justice as by the aim of preservating Mother Earth as our only possible home. The Faculty of Theology has committed itself to paying special attention to SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong / Inclusive Institutions). This framework corresponds to the basic spiritual attitude that the Society of Jesus, in its Pastoral Preferences, has suggested to all educational institutions under its aegis. These are: 1: to show the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment; 2.: to walk with the poor, the outcasts of the world, and those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of reconciliation and justice; 3.: to accompany young people in the creation of a hope-filled future; 4.: to collaborate in the care of our common home. Against this backdrop, the DKTh will incorporate into the education of our students the expertise within our university from areas dealing with sustainability, post-secular conflicts, the search for meaning, and intercultural encounters and conflicts. For this reason, its integration into the research focus "Cultural Encounters - Cultural Conflicts" is more than just a formal provision; it is the basis for an ongoing exchange.

Theology owes its existence at a state university primarily to the high academic standards of its research. The DKTh plays a key role in this quality assurance. It is a fitting place to develop, as the “Veritatis Gaudium” expresses it, “intellectual tools that can serve as paradigms for action and thought, useful for preaching in a world marked by ethical and religious pluralism. To do so calls not only for profound theological knowledge, but also the ability to conceive, design and achieve ways of presenting the Christian religion capable of a profound engagement with different cultural systems. All this calls for increased quality in scientific research and a gradual improvement in the level of theological studies and related sciences“ (VG, Introduction, 5). Philosophy has always been a guarantor for the conceptual clarity and argumentative coherence of theological thought. It therefore goes without saying that the doctoral programme in Catholic theology will maintain an intensive exchange with philosophy, especially with the DK “Philosophy of Religion”.

The DKTh welcomes any project from any students from anywhere in the world, provided it is academically excellent and connects to the research foci of the Faculty of Theology. In addition, it is crucial for doctoral students to engage in dialogue and exchange among themselves and with others. In this way the DKTh will establish a network of communication that can ensure cooperation (even after their studies). Students working on projects from traditionally European countries are encouraged to reflect on the significance and limits of a European theology within the framework of a nascent world church.

The DKTh empowers students to acquire the intellectual and practical skills and sensitivity that they will need, not only to survive in the academic world, but also to provide their churches and societies with the education needed to meet our current global challenges.

Teachers and students interested in the DKTh are invited to apply for admission (for the conditions see below). Doctoral students can apply for doctoral scholarships in conjunction with the DKTh (for further information, please contact the speaker)

  1. The two types of faculty membership in the DKTh are active and associate membership. (Note that the label ‘faculty member of the DKTh’ is distinct from ‘faculty member of/at the UIBK’.)
  2. Active faculty membership in the DKTh is open to all faculty members of the UIBK, and of other academic institutions, conditional on the following requirements:
    • (i) An Active Member must possess the required qualifications for supervising doctoral thesis at the UIBK or other academic institutions. In exceptional cases, academics who lack a venia legendi or other relevant qualifications but hold a PhD or a Dr.theol. with an outstanding international reputation in the relevant fields can become members as well.
    • (ii) An Active Member must supervise, or must have supervised within the past five years, at least one doctoral thesis of a doctoral student of the DKTh.
    • (iii) The founding Active Members are listed in Attachment 1. They have been designated by the founding Speaker.
  3. Active Members form the voting body of the Faculty Assembly, and they are eligible for the Steering Committee.
  4. Active Members who have not supervised a dissertation of a student member of the DKTh in the past five years shall lose their active membership status and become Associate Members.
  5. In the foundational phase of the DKTh (which lasts three years from the date when this statute comes into force) the Speaker shall designate a foundational group of Active Members who will form the initial voting body of the Faculty Assembly.
  6. New prospective members seeking active membership shall send a written request to the Speaker. Upon receiving the request, the Speaker will notify the members of the Faculty Assembly about the request with a written statement. The members of the Faculty Assembly shall then decide, in a meeting or via circular resolution, on the request by a simple majority.
  7. Associate membership in the DKTh is open to all faculty members at the UIBK, and of other academic institutions, who have a track-record of high-quality research and publications within the topical scope of the DKTh.
  8. Those seeking associate membership shall send a written request to the Speaker. Upon receiving the request, the Speaker will notify the members of the Faculty Assembly about the request with a written statement. The members of the Faculty Assembly shall then decide, in a meeting or via circular resolution, on the request by a simple majority.
  9. Associate Members are entitled to participate as observers in meetings of the Faculty Assembly of the DKTh. They do not participate in meetings of the Steering Committee.
  10. Active and Associate Members can resign at their own request. To do so, they shall send a written notification to this effect to the Speaker.
  11. In the case of serious violations of the standards and rules for good scientific practice (as defined by the Austrian Agency for Research Integrity) or the neglect of duties as doctoral supervisors, Active and Associate Members can be excluded from the DKTh. In cases of suspected violation or neglect, the Speaker shall issue a written statement to the respective member requesting clarification. If the matter is not resolved within a period of four weeks, the Speaker shall inform the Faculty Assembly of the DKTh. Its members shall discuss the matter and come to a binding decision, with a two-thirds majority, concerning whether to exclude the respective member or not. If a primary doctoral supervisor is excluded from the DKTh, the Speaker shall inform the Dean of Studies of this decision, also all active members of the Faculty. The Faculty Assembly shall then assist the doctoral student in finding a new primary supervisor.
  1. The bodies of the DKTh include a Speaker, a Vice Speaker, a Scientific Manager, a Representative of the doctoral students of the DKTh, a Faculty Assembly, a Steering Committee, and a General Assembly.
  2. The Speaker will
    • (i) represent the DKTh within the UIBK and beyond (i.e., to other universities, other institutions and the public);
    • (ii) provide strategic guidance for the development of the DKTh;
    • (iii) notify the Active Members of the Faculty Assembly with a written statement about requests for membership in the Faculty of the DKTh;
    • (iv) nominate a Vice Speaker and a Scientific Manager;
    • (v) initiate the process of evaluating and deciding upon the status of Faculty Members and Doctoral Students in the DKTh as specified in articles 1 and 3 of this statute.
  3. The Speaker will serve for a period of three years in the DKTh. Re-election is possible.
  4. In the foundational phase of the DKTh, i.e., for the first three years from the date when this statute comes into force, the person who has initiated the DKTh and been nominated by the Rectorate to inaugurate it will serve as Speaker.
  5. The Speaker can resign at his or her request by sending a written notification to this effect to the Faculty Assembly.
  6. The Speaker shall nominate one Active Member of the DKTh as Vice Speaker, and one Active Member or Associate Member as Scientific Manager. The members of the Faculty Assembly shall decide on the nominees with simple majority. The period of the Vice Speaker is linked with the period of the Speaker.
  7. The Speaker is assisted by the Vice Speaker and represented by the latter when the Speaker is temporarily not in a position to carry out the relevant tasks (e.g., because of absence, illness etc.).
  8. The Vice Speaker will serve for a period of three years in the DKTh. Reelection is possible.
  9. The Vice Speaker can resign at his or her request by sending a written notification to this effect to the Speaker.
  10. The Scientific Manager’s task is to
    • (i) support the Speaker in all matters of scientific and administrative coordination;
    • (ii) be a non-voting member of the Steering Committee;
    • (iii) support the Steering Committee and the Faculty Assembly in preparing meetings and implementing decisions.
  11. The Scientific Manager will serve for a period of three years in the DKTh. Re-election is possible.
  12. The Scientific Manager can resign at his or her request by sending a written notification to this effect to the Speaker.
  13. The doctoral students of the DKTh elect a doctoral-student Representative.
  14. The doctoral-student Representative is entitled to participate as non-voting observer in the Faculty Assembly.
  15. The doctoral-student Representative will serve for one year. Re-election is possible.
  16. The doctoral-student Representative can resign at his or her own request by sending a written notification to this effect to the Speaker.
  17. The Faculty Assembly is a meeting of the Active Members, the Associate Members, and the doctoral-student Representative of the DKTh.
  18. Only Active Members are allowed to vote in the Faculty Assembly.
  19. Decisions by the Faculty Assembly require participation of Active Members who represent at least 2/3 of the votes due to the Active Members. Active Members who are unable to attend a meeting can transfer their vote to another Active Member; one Active Member may represent no more than two votes.
  20. A Faculty Assembly shall be convened by the Speaker at least once per academic year.
  21. The Speaker shall chair the meetings of the Faculty Assembly.
  22. The Active Members of the Faculty Assembly shall
    • (i) decide by a simple majority on the admission of new Faculty Members and doctoral students, on acceptance of the nominations for membership in the Steering Committee, and on acceptance of nominations for the positions of Vice Speaker and Scientific Manager;
    • (ii) decide with a two-thirds majority on the exclusion of doctoral students, changes in the statute, and the termination of the DKTh;
    • (iii) decide with a two-thirds majority on the exclusion of a Faculty Member; Active Members who are subject to the decision shall not have the right to vote on their own exclusion.
  23. The Steering Committee consists of the Speaker, the Vice Speaker, the non-voting Scientific Manager, and the non-voting doctoral-student Representative of the DKTh.
  24. The Steering Committee shall
    • (i) suggest and coordinate the activities of the DKTh (e.g. prepare workshops, lecture series, research meetings, administrative meetings, or similar activities);
    • (ii) discuss, and make written recommendations to the Faculty Assembly about issues related to the activities and quality of the DKTh.
  25. The Steering Committee will meet on demand.
  26. The Speaker shall chair the meetings of the Steering Committee.
  27. The General Assembly is a meeting of the Active Members, Associate Members, the Speaker, the Scientific Manager, and the doctoral students.
  28. The General Assembly shall
    • (i) be convened by the Speaker at least once per academic year;
    • (ii) discuss all relevant matters of the DKTh
  29. The Speaker shall chair the meetings of the General Assembly.
  1. Admission of doctoral students
    • (i) (Prospective doctoral student members shall submit a proposal including a letter of motivation, an outline of their proposed research project, and an academic CV, including relevant certificates, to the Speaker. The Steering Committee shall assess the qualifications of the prospective students and the quality of the proposed projects. It shall then make a written recommendation to the voting members of the Faculty Assembly of the DKTh.
    • (ii) The voting members of the Faculty Assembly decide on the admission of a doctoral student to the DKTh. If the student has a first and/or second supervisor, this decision includes a written acknowledgment of the primary or secondary supervisor. The decision shall be made by a simple majority vote.
    • (iii) Prospective doctoral students who do not yet have a primary or secondary supervisor will be assisted by the Steering Committee in their search for and choice of a supervisor.
  2. The affiliation of a doctoral student with the DKTh ceases automatically after he or she has successfully completed all of the duties set out in his or her PhD programme and curriculum. On graduation, doctoral students receive a certificate of the DKTh, signed by the Speaker, which states their successful participation in the DKTh. Furthermore, doctoral students can resign at their own request. To do so, they shall send a written notification to this effect to the Speaker.
  3. In the case of violations of the standards and rules for good scientific practice, or the neglect of duties applying to doctoral students of the DKTh, doctoral students can be suspended from the DKTh. In a case of such violations, the student’s supervisor shall issue the student a written request for clarification. If the matter is not resolved within a period of four weeks, the supervisor shall inform the Faculty Assembly of the DKTh. Its members shall then discuss the matter and come to a binding decision about the possible exclusion of the respective doctoral student with a two-thirds majority.
  1. A doctoral thesis shall be supervised by two Active Members of the DKTh. One Active Member must be the primary supervisor; the other Active Member shall be the secondary supervisor.
  2. Primary supervisions by scholars who do not serve as Active Members of the DKTh are not allowed.
  3. Secondary supervisions by scholars who do not serve as Active Members of the DKTh are allowed, provided that the secondary supervisor meets the requirements outlined in Art. 1.2, (i), of this statute.
  1. In order to foster and comply with the organizational structure of established doctoral curricula at the UIBK or other universities, the DKTh will not develop any alternative or additional doctoral curricula. Instead, it requires its doctoral students to meet the requirements of the respective curricula of the doctoral programmes in which they are enrolled.
  2. The DKTh encourages its doctoral students to attend all courses that are suitable to further their knowledge in their fields of research, their academic writing skills, and their skills in presenting and publishing.
  3. Doctoral students of the DKTh shall attend the workshops, research meetings, lecture series etc. of the DKTh.
  1. The DKTh shall terminate, if
    • (i) the members of the Faculty Assembly decide on the termination with a two-thirds majority;
    • (ii) the Rectorate of the University of Innsbruck formally terminates the DKTh.
  2. If the DKTh is terminated, the primary supervisors shall continue the active supervision of their doctoral students

Founding members of the DKTh

Ao.-Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Guggenberger (Dean, Professor of Social Ethics)

Univ.-Ass. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Liborius Olaf Lumma (Dean of Studies and Vice-Dean, Liturgy)

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian F. Bauer (Professor of Pastoral Theology)

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Georg Fischer (Professor of Old Testament Studies)

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christoph Jäger (Professor of Philosophy)

Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Josef Quitterer (Professor of Philosophy)

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Boris Repschinski (Professor of New Testament Studies)

Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Willibald Sandler (Professor of Dogmatic Theology)

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Roman A. Siebenrock (Professor of Dogmatic and Fundamental Theology)

Prospective doctoral student members and their projects

Applications are advertised with the acknowledgement of the application.

Innsbruck, 14. 01. 2021

Kontakt

Koordination / Management
Univ.-Ass. Mag. Marisa Hanna Gasteiger
Institut für Systematische Theologie

Leiter
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Roman Anton Siebenrock
Institut für Systematische Theologie

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