TEACHERS OF FIT
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Beckmann holds the chair of Development Studies. Her activities are focussed on studying and teaching the complexities of local processes of social transformation and the role of faith-based-organizations. Her major concern is to understand the interplay of individual or collective action and the structural conditions on local, national and global levels.
The professorship of World Christianities and Mission History is held by PD Dr. Moritz Fischer. At FIT he wants to contribute to qualifiing the students of different confessional, cultural and national backgrounds for work within and beyond the church in times of global political, social and spiritual insecurity.
The professorship of Practical Theology & Diaconia in an Intercultural Perspective is held by Prof. Dr. Drea Fröchtling. She is, inter alia, interested in ecclesiological-sociological debate on HIV/Aids, especially in South Africa, and international diaconia issues of migration-related justice.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Kunz-Lübcke holds the chair of Biblical Hermeneutics in Intercultural Perspective. He focuses on intercultural interpretations of the Hebrew Bible and is developing a biblical migrant hermeneutics in cooperation with UTC Bangalore. Together with colleagues in India he is working on a Biblical Theology of Inter-Religious Relations.
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Richebächer holds the chair of Systematic Theology in Intercultural Perspective. His major goal is to enable students of Christian and other religious convictions to give each other rational and ethical account of their faiths in their respective social and political context.
The professorship of Religious Studies and Interreligious Encounters is held by Prof. Dr. Ulrike Schröder. In her research she focuses on Indian religions and transnational religious networks between South Africa and India. Further research interests include the history of mission in the 19th and 20th centuries and postcolonial approaches to religious studies.
Prof. Dr. Erna Zonne-Gätjens from the Netherlands holds the chair of Social Work in an Intercultural Perspective. Her research interest lies in the social-diaconal work with migrants. She searches for characteristics of good support for intercultural upbringing and features of promising inclusion.