Prof. Dr. Stefanie Knauss

Assistant Professor

Theology & Religious Studies
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085




Undergraduate and graduate studies of catholic theology and english language and literature in Freiburg (Germany) and Manchester (UK); PhD at Graz University (Austria): thesis on the relationship between body, film and religion. Post-doc in Trento (Italy). Since 2013 assistant professor at Villanova University. Member of the editorial boards of Concilium and the Journal of Religion, Media and Film.

Research Topics

Theological gender studies and queer theology
Theology and culture
Film and religion
Body and religion
Aesthetic theology

Publications (Sample)

Knauss, Stefanie: Visionary Critique: Gender, Self and Relationship in "Rosetta" and "Two Days, One Night". Journal of Religion, Film and Media, 2(2), 2016, 9-14.

Knauss, Stefanie: In Search of the Human: The Work of the Dardenne Brothers: Editorial. Journal of Religion, Film and Media, 2(2), 2016, 45-66.

Knauss, Stefanie: "Get to Know the Unknown": Understanding Religion and Advertising. Journal of Media and Religion, 15(2), 2016, 100-112.

Knauss, Stefanie: Contradictions or Openings? Musings on Hans Urs Von Balthasar’s Theology of Sexual Difference. In: Aurica Nutt, Saskia Wendel, Miriam Leidinger (Eds.), Reading the Body of Christ: Eine geschlechtertheologische Relecture, Paderborn: Schöningh 2016, 131-145.

Knauss, Stefanie: More than a Provocation: Sexuality, Media and Theology. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014.

Knauss, Stefanie: La saggia inquietudine: Il corpo nell’ebraismo, nel cristianesimo e nell’islam. Cantalupa: Effatà, 2011.

Knauss, Stefanie: Transcendental Bodies: Überlegungen zur Bedeutung des Körpers für filmische und religiöse Erfahrung. Regensburg: Pustet, 2008.

Knauss, Stefanie: Lovers, Leaders, Fighters: Issues of Gender in Films about Female Mystics. In: Baracco Colombo, A.; Gudmarsdottir, S.; Knauss, S.; Martínez Cano, S.; Perintfalvi, R. (eds.): Mysticism and Gender (Jahrbuch der European Society of Women in Theological Research 23), Leuven: Peeters, 2015, 53-65.

Knauss, Stefanie: All About Love – The Materialization of a Foundaitonal Concept of Christianity in Pedro Almodóvar’s Queer Cinema. Freiburger Zeitschrift für GeschlechterStudien 21.1 (2015), 11-26.

Knauss, Stefanie; Pezzoli, Olgiati, Daria: The Normative Power of Images: Religion, Gender, Visuality. Religion and Gender 5.1 (2015), 1-17.

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