Bernhard Waldenfels visiting Nordhost

NORDHOST is very honoured to welcome Professor em. Dr. Bernhard Waldenfels to Oslo as a visiting scholar this spring. We are excited to present the program for his stay.

Stack with book. Photo.
Photo: Kaia Rønsdal

Prof em Dr. Waldenfels is a highly distinguished German philosopher, who in his scientific work has been concerned with responsive, bodily anchored phenomenology, building on the works of philosophers such as Edmund Husserl and Alfred Schütz, as well as more recent French philosophy, especially Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Emmanuel Levinas and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. 

He has particularly addressed the concept of the stranger. He problematises ordering, as he sees alienness in relations to an order. From this perspective the stranger emerges as extraordinary, on who cannot be perceived or experienced within orders, one who has no place in the order.

Since 1976, Waldenfels has been a professor of philosophy at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, emerited in 1999. He was one of the founders of  the German Society for Phenomenological Research (der Deutschen Gesellschaft für phänomenologische Forschung).

Of his most important works translated to English, we find Phenomenology of the Alien

(2011); The Question of the Other (2007) and Order in the Twilight (1996). He has also contributed to the book Refugees (2016), a collaboration with the photographer Roland Fischer and the sociologist Stephan Lessenich.

Prof em Dr. Waldenfels will stay at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo during his visit, and has generously agreed to participate at events both at the Faculty, at the Goethe Institut Norwegen, as well as with NORDHOST researchers. 


21 March, 6 PM

Public lecture at the Goethe Institut Norwegen

Contested Hospitality: Reflections on migration, refugees, and ethics

25 March 11:15 AM - 3 PM

Nordhost seminar, by invitation

Lecture by Waldenfels: Refugees as Strangers in One’s Own House 

Followed by short papers by invited Nordhost scholars and a general discussion

26 March 10:15 AM - 2 PM

Seminar for the PhD students at the faculty of theology

Indirect and Paradigmatic Description

27 March 10:15 AM - 15 PM

10:15-11:00 AM

Open guest lecture and seminar at the Faculty of Theology

Responsive Phenomenology: Thinking and Acting from Elsewhere


12:15-3:00 PM

Seminar with short papers from

Professors Bente Larsen (Jean-Luc Nancy)

Werner Jeanrond (Marion)

Svein Aage Christoffersen (Heidegger and Løgstrup) 

Trygve Wyller (Ahmed/Waldenfels)

Professor em Dr. Waldenfels's visit has been fascilitated by mobility grants from ReNEW (Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World)





Tags: Waldenfels, Goethe
Published Feb. 26, 2019 1:55 PM - Last modified Apr. 22, 2020 10:28 AM