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  • United Kingdom

  • Warandelaan 2, Tias Building, room T 709

    5037 AB Tilburg

    Netherlands

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Projects regarding Biography and religion, the Second Vatican Council, or regarding the history of the ecumenical movement are welcomed.

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Personal profile

Career

Karim Schelkens (°1977) is a full time Associate Professor in religious history at the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology (Tilburg University) and Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (KULeuven).

In 2007, he obtained his PhD in Leuven, which was crowned with the C. de Clercq Award by the Royal Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. He has been a postdoctoral research fellow for the FWO-Flanders and earned a degree in postdoctoral studies at the Canadian Université Laval.

Schelkens has served as Secretary General to the European Society for Catholic Theology (2012-2018), and as of 2020 is a European representative in the worldwide International Network for Societies of Catholic Theology.  He is also a member of the academic board of the international research project on 'The History of the Desire for Christian Unity' (Istituto per le Scienze religiose, Bologna), and is part of the Academic Council of UCSIA (Antwerp University).

Schelkens has authored/editored some twenty academic books and numerous contributions regarding the contemporary history of religion in Modern and Late Modern Europe, and specializes in the field of Biography and Religion. From 2018 to 2020, he was Director of the TST research program on 'The Transformation of Religion in Late Modernity' and currently he is also head of the International Master Program on 'Christianity and Society'.

PhD supervision

Istvan Csonta, Redaction History of the Conciliar Decree on the Lay Apostolate Apostolicam Actuositatem, KU Leuven, 2020. Fidentia Research Fellowship (co-dir. with Prof. Dr. M. Lamberigts).

Jos Moons, The Spirit and the Church. A Redaction-Historical and Theological-Historical Analysis of the Pneumatological Renewal in Lumen Gentium’, Tilburg University, 2018.(co-dir. with Prof. Dr. H. Witte).

Dries Bosschaert,  Joys and Hopes of Louvain Theologians. The Genesis of Christian Anthropologies and their diverse Reception in Gaudium et Spes, KU Leuven, 2017 (Co-dir. with Prof. Dr. M. Lamberigts).

Erik Sengers, Roomsch socioloog – sociale bisschop. Johannes Aengenent als ideoloog en bestuurder van de katholieke sociale beweging, 1873-1935, UvT, 2016 (co-dir. with Prof. Dr. P. Van Geest)

Cassien Mulindahabi, Les deux récents synodes pour l’Afrique. Étude comparative et critique, KU Leuven, 2015. (Co-dir. with Prof. Dr. J. Verstraeten).

Sandra Peréz Arenas, The Doctrine of the Elementa Ecclesialia Before, During and After Vatican II and Its Implications for the Relationship Between the Roman Catholic Church and the Reformed Communities, KU Leuven2013. Research Fellowship International Academic Exchange Between Chile and Belgium (Co-dir. with Prof. Dr. J. Haers).

Current courses

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External positions

Guest Professor (KU Leuven)

1 Jan 2018 → …

Member Academic Council (UCSIA)

1 Oct 2015 → …

Keywords

  • History Of Christianity
  • Council/History Of The Council
  • Vatican Ii
  • Dialogue
  • Catholic Church In The 19th And 20th Century
  • Religious Leadership
  • Ecumenism, Ecumenical Theology
  • History Of Church And Theology

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Research Output

[Review of the book Lorenz Jaeger als Theologe, Nicole Priesching & Gisela Fleckenstein, 2019]

Schelkens, K., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Tijdschrift voor Theologie. 60, 3

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewScientificpeer-review

Johannes Willebrands: Een leven in gesprek

Schelkens, K., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Amsterdam: Boom Uitgeverij. 500 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientific

Más allá de un catolicismo eurocéntrico

Schelkens, K., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Intervenciones de los Obispos Chilenos en el Concilio Vaticano II. Arenas, S. (ed.). Santiago de Chile: Ediciones Universidad de Chile

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Papal Leadership in the First Half of the Twentieth Century: Resistance and Renewal

Schelkens, K., 2020, Cambridge Companion to Vatican II. Gaillardetz, R. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 41-60 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Rome and Ecumenism in the Preconciliar Era, 1945-1958

Schelkens, K., 2020, (Accepted/In press) History of the Desire for Christian Unity. Melloni, A. (ed.). Brill/Boston

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Activities

Les dominicains et l'unité des chrétiens

Karim Schelkens (Contributor)

18 Jun 202119 Jun 2021

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conferenceScientific

Online open Day

Karim Schelkens (Contributor)

16 May 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course etc.Professional

A Suspended Tradition. 150 Years Vatican I

Karim Schelkens (Participant)

7 May 20209 May 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conferenceScientific

Ph.D. Defense S. Mulder (Event)

Karim Schelkens (Member)

1 May 2020

Activity: Membership typesMembership of PhD committeeScientific

Minorities and Migration in Romania - Yesterday and Today

Karim Schelkens (Contributor)

15 Feb 202016 Feb 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conferenceScientific

Press / Media

Le cardinal Danneels, le François de l’Eglise belge

Karim Schelkens

14/03/19

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Een kerk vol heiligen en zondaars

Karim Schelkens

22/09/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Hoe een religieuze traditie zich telkens opnieuw uitvindt

K. Schelkens

7/09/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Schirmherren der Reform - Julius Müller Meiningen

K. Schelkens

7/10/15

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Boekvoorstelling biografie Godfried Danneels

K. Schelkens

2/10/15

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Prizes / Recognition

Manitoba Day Award

Schelkens, Karim (Recipient), 13 May 2012

Prize

Manitoba Day Award

Schelkens, Karim (Recipient), 2012

Prize