Professor Daniel Weidner

Associate director of the ZfL
Professor for the Study of Culture and Religion at the Institute for Cultural History and Theory, Humboldt University of Berlin


Trained in German and comparative literature Daniel Weidner received his PhD in 2000 and his Habilitation (second thesis) in 2009 at the Freie Universität Berlin. He teaches German and Comparative Literature at the Freie Universität and has been Visiting Professor in Gießen, Basel, Stanford, Chicago, and Yale.
His main areas of research are the interrelation of religion and literature, theories of secularization, the history of philology and literary theory, and German-Jewish literature.

Research Interests

  • religion and literature
  • history of philology and literary theory
  • german-jewish literature


He has published two monographs: an intellectual biography on Gershom Scholem, and a study on the interrelation of the Bible and literature in the 18th and early 19th centuries; he has also co-authored a book on the interplay between religion, politics, aesthetics, and epistemology in early modern sacramental representation. Among his edited volumes are collections on the cultural afterlife of religion, on reading the Bible, and on Walter Benjamin.
He is also co-editor of the Benjamin-Studien (the Yearbook of the International Walter Benjamin Society), and of the journals Weimarer Beiträge (with a focus on contemporary literature, media, and aesthetics), and Naharaim (focus on German Jewish intellectual history).

Selected English articles:


Selected recent papers:


Identität, Hybridität, Kulturkampf. Das Beispiel des deutschen Judentums, Seminar, Sommersemester 2019. Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Institut für Kulturwsisesnchaft

Physiognomie der Moderne: Georg Simmel, Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, Seminar, Wintersemester 2018/19, Humboldt-Universität, Institut für Kulturwissenschaft

Hermeneutics in Religion and Literature, Graduaate Course, Sommersemester 2018, Yale University, Judaic Studies Department, German Department

Klassiker der Kulturwissenschaft, Einführsungsseminar, Mo 12.00–14.00, Wintersemester 2017/18, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Institut für Kulturwissenschaft

Massenpsychologie und Kutlurtheorie, Seminar, Mo 12.00–14.00, Sommersemester 2017, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Institut für Kulturwissenschaft

Bibel und Kultur, Lektürekurs, Mo 12.00–14.00, Wintersemester 2016/17, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Institut für Kulturwissenschaft

Kultur des Krieges, Krieg der Kulturen, Seminar, Mo 12.00–14.00, Sommersemester 2016, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Institut für Kulturwissenschaft