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Karim Schelkens (°1977) is a full time associate professor in religious history at the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology (Tilburg University) and a guest professor at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (KULeuven). In 2007, he obtained his PhD in Leuven, which was crowned with the C. de Clercq Award by the Royal Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. He has been a postdoctoral research fellow for the FWO and got a degree in postdoctoral studies at the Canadian Université Laval. Schelkens has served as General Secretary of the European Society for Catholic Theology (2012-2018), and as of 2020 is the European representative in the worldwide International Network for Societies of Catholic Theology. He is the author/editor of some twenty academic books and numerous contributions regarding the history of religion. Currently, he is president of the TST research program on 'The Transformation of Religion in Late Modernity'.
Dr. Schelkens teaches courses offering a basic introduction into the history of christianity in Europe. Furthermore, he offers Ma-level courses on modern history of religion (focusing on issues such as the evolution of interreligious dialogue, the relationship between church and state, religious liberty, etc.) as well as an Ma-level seminar introducing students into the methodological and hermeneutic principles of contemporary historical research.