Philipp Stoellger has been a professor at the Chair of Systematic Theology: Dogmatics and Philosophy of Religion in Heidelberg since 2015 (renaming in progress).

From 2007 to 2015 he was a professor in Rostock at the Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion, founder and head of the Institute for Iconicity (Institut für Bildtheorie) and founding spokesperson of the DFG-GRK 1887 Deutungsmacht: Religion und belief systems in Deutungsmachtkonflikten. From 2001 to 2007 he was managing senior assistant of the Institute for Hermeneutics and Philosophy of Religion at the University of Zurich and co-founder and in the leadership of the Competence Center Hermeneutics as well as member of the Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Forum (IPF) of the University and ETH Zurich. In 2020, he took over as director of the Forschungsstätte der Evangelischen Studiengemeinschaft (FEST).

His recent publications include: “Deutungsmacht. Religion und belief systems in Deutungsmachtkonflikten” (ed.) (2014); “An den Grenzen des Bildes. Zur visuellen Anthropologie” (ed., with Marco Gutjahr) (2014); “Impossible Time. Past and Future in the Philosophy of Religion” (ed., with Marius Timmann Mjaaland and Ulrik Rasmussen) (2013); “Passivität aus Passion. Zur Problemgeschichte einer categoria non grata” (2010).

Research Area:

I. Medial Anthropology


  • Differential hermeneutics, or: hermeneutics of difference
  • Religion and Violence — Revisions in the Horizon of Recent Violence Research
  • Religion and Digitalization
  • Pathos and Pathology (together with Thomas Fuchs and Patricia Feise-Mahnkopp)