Vulnerability in Theology, the Humanities and Social Sciences

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444). This special issue belongs to the section "Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 453

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Faculty of Catholic Theology, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, 97070 Würzburg, Germany
Interests: vulnerability as a key concept in theology, science and society; vulnerability, vulnerance and resilience; engravings of mysticism in systematic theology; religion, ritual and sacrament – theology as heterology

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Institut für Kulturwissenschaft, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, D-10117 Berlin, Germany
Interests: vulnerability; gender, sexuality and body history; anti-semitism and colonial racism; national religion/religious fundamentalism; cinematic memory of the Holocaust and genocide

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Τhe natural and life sciences have denigrated the concept of vulnerability for a long time in research, treating it through the lens of weakness. However, since the turn of the millennium, theology, the humanities, and social sciences have become involved in research on vulnerability, and vulnerability is no longer viewed through the binary coding of vulnerability and resilience, but rather, it is understood in a more complex way, taking into account its multiple effects of power, including ‘vulnerance out of vulnerability’.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the discourse once more. On one hand, the concept has been narrowed again in the social debates. On the other hand, vulnerability has developed into a new dispositive of power. Both developments challenge vulnerability research regarding what interdisciplinary approaches can yield.

In this Special Issue, the contributions of vulnerability research in theology, the humanities, and the social sciences will be worked out in connection with this challenge. We welcome all articles from the perspective of the individual disciplines as well as those written from transdisciplinary perspectives. The range of thematic fields is also broad and can for example include discourses on migration, climate change, gender, right-wing populism, race, and both sexual and spiritual violence.

We request that, prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 400–600 words summarizing their intended contribution. Please send it to the guest editors (; or to the Religions editorial office ( Abstracts will be reviewed by the guest editors for the purposes of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the Special Issue. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer review.

Prof. Dr. Hildegund Keul
Prof. Dr. Claudia Bruns
Guest Editors

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  • vulnerability
  • resilience
  • vulnerance
  • dispositive of power
  • gender perspectives

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