Honorary doctors

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology appoint several honorary doctors each year. At the university's doctoral degree conferment ceremony, which traditionally is held in the end of May, the degrees are conferred, accompanied by pomp and circumstance. 

Honorary doctor at the Faculty of Humanities 2021

Penelope J.E. Davies

Penelope J.E. Davies holds a PhD from Yale University and is currently Professor of Art History at the University of Texas in Austin. The Faculty of Humanities confers an honorary doctorate on Penelope Davies in recognition of her long and extensive research work, as well as her many years of collaboration with researchers at the faculty, especially at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History. 

Davies manages to succefully combine archaeological and historical source material, which is in accordance with how Classical Archaeology and Ancient History typically are conducted in Sweden. Her research centres primarily on public monuments and their propagandistic functions, issues that are of great relevance even today. With a background in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Davies has become an internationally recognized authority on subjects related to communicative, political, and ideological aspects of Roman art and architecture.

Davies visited Lund University for the first time in January 2015, and was appointed "Holder of the Hedda Andersson Chair", a visiting professorship at the university, in 2020. She spent the spring semester of 2020 at the Department of Archeology and Ancient History. As a visiting professor, Davies provided students with a unique opportunity to delve into Roman architecture and its political implications. During the semester, she also taught at the level 1 course in Art History and Visual Studies, and she already serves as an ambassador for Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, the faculty and the university. 

“Professor Davies is a highly respected researcher and an authority in her field. Appointing her an honorary doctor is a way for the faculty to formally establish our relationship, and also to show our appreciation for long and significant research work," says Professor Barbara Törnquist-Plewa, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Lund University.

Degrees for honorary doctors from 2020 and 2021 will be conferred at the doctoral degree conferment ceremony in Lund the 28th of Maj 2021.

Honorary doctor at the Faculty of Theology 2021

Yvonne Maria Werner

Yvonne Maria Werner is Professor of History at Lund University. In her research and teaching she has put her focus on the influence of religion on the Western and Northern European societies generally and the Swedish in particular, a field very few historians touch upon. The Faculty of Theology confers an honorary doctorate on Yvonne Maria Werner in recognition of her significant contribution and her long and extensive research work. 

Werner earned her PhD in 1989 with a doctoral thesis on Swedish-German trade relations around 1900, and has since then in her research especially devoted herself to Nordic Catholic cultural history in the 19th and 20th century, which countless articles, anthologies and monographs indicate.

In her research Werner studies the interplay between religion, politics, gender and society in early modern and modern times, and the research projects The female monastic movement in Scandinavia. A female counter-culture in modern society, and Christian manliness - a paradox of modernity: Men and religion in a North European context 1840-1940, initiated and lead by her, focus on these questions. In the last-mentioned project Werner collaborated with several church historians at CTR, the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies. Those two research projects, and others which Yvonne Maria Werner has been participating in, have had a clear international profile and connected researchers from large parts of Europe.

Werner has also studied the view upon and the handling of death in early modern times. A central topic in her research in recent years has also been the Anti-Catholic movements, which, at least until Sweden's accession to the EU in 1995, have been latent in Swedish society. In doing so, Werner has drawn interesting historical parallels to the growing anti-Semitism and Islamophobia of our time.

As a supervisor in the doctoral program, Werner has supervised research projects that shed light on the church's impact on mentality and society during early modern and modern times. Werner has been main and co-supervisor for several dissertation projects that have had a clear focus on religious studies, especially church history. Another example of Werner's involvement in the research environment of church history, is a multi-annual and very extensive contribution as a reviewer in the Kyrkohistorisk årsskrift (Church History Yearbook).

Werner has collaborated with researchers at CTR in a way that has benefited both individual colleagues and the church history environment at the department as a whole for many years. The research seminar "History and religion", which she started at the Department of History in 2010, and which has become a gathering place for historians from various disciplines, including church historians, is another espression of her desire for connecting people interested in these questions. Many colleagues value Werner as an energetic person who always is willing to discuss research issues and new research proposals.

"Yvonne Maria Werner has made a strong contribution to the fact that o Swedish historians from the 1990s onwards have been rediscovering the role of religion in history," says the Dean of the faculty, Professor Samuel Byrskog. "Appointing her an honorary doctor at the Faculty of Theology is our way of showing appreciation for a long and rewarding collaboration across subject boundaries."

Degrees for honorary doctors from 2020 and 2021 will be conferred at the doctoral degree conferment ceremony in Lund the 28th of Maj 2021.

Honorary doctors at the Faculty of Humanities 2020

Thomas Lunderquist and Lars Mogensen

The journalists Thomas Lunderquist and Lars Mogensen are producer and host respectively for the radio programme Filosofiska rummet (The Philosophical Room) on the Radio Sweden channel P1. They are appointed honorary doctors for their dissemination of knowledge and for highlighting research and researchers at the Faculty of Humanities in Lund for many years.

Filosofiska rummet has, since it started airing in 1995, contributed to the enhancement of the status of academic philosophy and improved the general public's comprehension of modern philosophical research to a large extent, as well as the comprehension of neighbouring reserach fields, within the humanities first and foremost, but also within theology, social sciences and natural sciences. Lunderquist and Mogensen have been responsible for the part of Filosofiska rummet produced in Malmö, which is the majority of all episodes, for more than 15 years.

In an easily accessible and distinct way, the programme discusses both the most difficult classical philosophical questions, and moral, existential and political problems, in connection with current events in the world. In each episode of the programme, two or three participants are given the opportunity to express and deepen their thoughts, which invites the listener to a most welcome oasis in a fragmented media landscape.

Filosofiska rummet has a great impact and its discussions live on both in break rooms and newspaper articles. Not least, many students listen to the program, and it is sometimes used as complementary and appreciated teaching material, for example in Human Rights Studies, in preparation of seminar discussions.

Many of Lund's philosophers have participated in the programme during the years, but also historians, theologists, cognitive scientists and many more. Lunderquist and Mogensen have not only contributed to the spreading of knowledge about current research within the field of Philosophy and within the humanities, they have also increased the visibility of researchers at the Faculty of Humanities in Lund.

"With this appointment, the Faculty of Humanities would like to draw attention to two people who work, outside academia, with disseminating research findings to the general public, and thereby contribute to deepening the public conversation. Thomas Lunderquist's and Lars Mogensen's achievements in this respect cannot be overestimated", says Professor Barbara Törnquist-Plewa, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities.

Anette Warring

Anette Warring is Professor of History Roskilde University and one of the predominant historians in Northern Europe. The Faculty of Humanities confers an honorary doctorate on her in recognition of her long and extensive research work, whicht includes books and articles within several topics, such as gender, war, occupation and everyday life, transnational movements and digitisation.

Warring's dissertation on so called tyskerpiger (pejorative name for Norwegian or Danish women, who during WW2 had intimate relationships with German soldiers) in Denmark, which attracted a great deal of attention already during her thesis defense in 1994, was published in a third edition the other year. Warring's study resulted in her participation in a large European research project: Surviving Hitler and Mussolini – Daily Life in Occupied Europe.

For several decades, Warring has had numerous different collaborations and contact with many researchers in the Humanities at Lund University. She has on a large number of occasions been a much appreciated opponent at dissertations or final thesis seminars and a member of grading committees. In addition, she has maintained good contact with historians, but also with gender and media and communication scientists in Lund.

Her research on anniversaries, the use of history and memory policy has also resulted in the contacts between Roskilde and Lund remaining good and vital. The studies she has conducted in recent years, with a focus on reenactment, have not least been appreciated by younger, southern Swedish doctoral students.

"Professor Anette Warring is a prominent historian with a genuine ability to work across subject boundaries and collaborate with the surrounding society. She is a role model, especially for female historians, and has also distinguished herself through her great commitment to supporting young researchers", says Professor Barbara Törnquist-Plewa.

Degrees for honorary doctors from 2020 and 2021 will be conferred at the doctoral degree conferment ceremony in Lund the 28th of Maj 2021.

Honorary doctors at the Faculty of Theology 2020

Anita Goldman

For several decades, Anita Goldman has been active as an author, journalist, debater and columnist, and over the years she has been an important voice in Swedish society. Her texts are often concerned with the role of women in history and religion, like Våra bibliska mödrar (Our Biblical mothers, 1988) and Guds älskarinnor (God’s mistresses). Om hängivna kvinnor i en livrädd värld (About dedicated women in a terrified world, 2005) is an example of how Goldman in a decicated and factual way illustrates the position of women in religion.

In her writing, Goldman shows a well-founded commitment to peace in the Middle East. She participates in the public debate on the importance of historical knowledge and religious literality, when anti-Semitic tendencies creep in, and she combines her commitment with a  clear stance on women, especially mothers, in history. Over time, Goldman's writing has taken an increasingly clear focus on spirituality, not least in the book Om stenarna kunde tala i Palma de Mallorca (If the stones could speak in Palma de Mallorca 2019).

The Faculty of Theology at Lund University has a long tradition of working with feminist perspectives. Goldman combines these perspectives with an artistic and literary production in an exciting and constructive way and remains an indispensable voice in public conversations about religion.

"We are appointing Goldman as an honorary doctor at the Faculty of Theology at Lund University because we want to recognize her commitment as part of our commitment and we want to affirm her many years of struggle to refute anti-Semitism with factual knowledge of religions, their sacred writings and the use of these texts. Nothing could be more important at a Swedish university that wants to understand, explain and improve our world ", says the faculty dean, Professor Samuel Byrskog.

Volker Küster

Volker Küster is Professor of Comparative Religion and Missiology at the Center for Intercultural Theology, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz, Germany, and one of the most prominent people within the fields of Intercultural Theology, Mission Studies and research on global Christianity. In the past he was Professor of Cross-cultural Theology at the Protestant Theological University (PThU) in Kampen, The Netherlands.

Küster earned his PhD in 1995 in Heidelberg with his dissertation Theologie im Kontext: Zugleich ein Versuch über die MinjungTheologie. Since then he has dedicated his work to promote the intercultural perspective in theology. His book Einführung in die Interkulturelle Theologie (2011) is the fundamental book within the field in the German-speaking parts of Europe.

Küsters has conducted extensive research, amongst other things innovative studies about different notions of Christ in different contexts in the world. He was one of the first to study this topic in his work The Many Faces of Jesus Christ: lntercultural Christology (2001). Besides this he continiously has deepend his studies of the  utvecklat sina studier om Minjung Theology, particularly in A Protestant Theology of Passion: Minjung Theology revisited (2010). Among his research topics are also studies on religious and cultural encounters in Christian, published in amongst other works in Visual Arts and Religion (2009), edited by Küster himself together with Hans Alma and Marcel Barnard.

Many have benefited from Küster's unusually wide international network, not least in Korea, Indonesia and South Africa. Among the many is also the Faculty of Theology in Lund, with which he has been collaborating since the 1990s.

"By appointing Küster an honorary doctor at the Faculty of Theology, we wish to confirm and develop a long-standing collaboration with a colleague who has renewed theology through his unusual international outlook and experience, and we mark our agreement with the intercultural perspective on theology that he has made visible like no other." says the faculty dean Samuel Byrskog.

Degrees for honorary doctors from 2020 and 2021 will be conferred at the doctoral degree conferment ceremony in Lund the 28th of Maj 2021.


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