Debora Tonelli

  • Biblical Traditions
  • Divine Violence
  • Interreligious Dialogue
  • Political Philosophy
  • Political Theology
  • Radicalism

Debora Tonelli is researcher at the Institute for Religious Studies of Bruno Kessler Foundation, and Invited Lecturer in Political Philosophy and Theology at Pontifical Athenaeum S. Anselmo and at Gregoriana University (Roma). She worked as Visiting Scholar at Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life -Columbia University (NY, fall semester 2015).

Moving from her background in Political Philosophy (PhD 2005, in Rome and Frankfurt/M, Germany) and Theology (PhD 2012, Münster, Germany), her current research and teaching activities are focused on the interaction between those two main fields, specifically inside the wider context of interreligious dialogue, with a key focus on the relationship between violence and biblical religion.

Since 2013 she is coordinating an interdisciplinary research project on “Religions and Violence“ in collaboration with italian and foreign scholars, organizing workshops, seminars and scientific publications. The influence of literary images in the construction process of “religious imagery” supporting a violent conception of divinity and justifying violence in the name of God, is part of those fundamental political studies.

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