Professor Werner Ustorf Dr Theol (Hamburg), Dr Theol Habil (Heidelberg)

Department of Theology and Religion
Emeritus Professor of Mission

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From 1990 to 2010 I had the privilege of holding Birmingham's Chair in Mission. During this period of time I contributed, through teaching, research and publishing, to establish missiology as an academic discipline and keep the name of Birmingham on the map as a central place for the study of World Christianity. About 45 PhD theses (many of them published) were successfully defended under my supervision. I will continue with the supervision of a number of research students and I intend to be research-active as an emeritus professor. I am currently working on a project tracing the theological consequences of Christianity's encounter with Aboriginal thinking in Central Australia.



Among the publications of the last few years are:

  • "'The Beast from the South' und das 'Ende des liberalen Christentums'", in: Berliner Theologische Zeitschrift, 27/1 (2010), 39-69 [in German]
  • Robinson Crusoe tries again: Missiology and European Constructions of "Self" and "Other" in a Global World 1789-2010, essays ed. by Roland Loeffler, Goettingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2010
  • Intercultural Perceptions and Prospects of World Christianity (together with R. Friedli, J. Jongeneel, K. Koschorke, T. Sundermeier), Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2010
  • “The Missiological Roots of the Concept of ‘Political Religion’”, in Robert Mallett and others, eds., The Sacred in Twentieth-Century Politics. Essays in Honour of Professor Stanley G. Paine,  Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, 36-50,  Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, 36-50
  • “The Cultural Origins of ‘Intercultural Theology’”, in: Mission Studies 25 (2008), 229–251
  •  “The Rainbow and the Missionary”, in: Ulrich van der Heyden / Andreas Feldtkeller (eds), Border Crossings. Explorations of an Interdisciplinary Historian. Festschrift for Irving Hexham, Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2008, 337-352.
  • Introduction to Peter Cruchley-Jones (ed.), God at Ground Level. Reappraising Church Decline in the UK through the Experience of Grass Roots Communities and Situations, Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2008, 11-22
  • “Global Christianity, New Empire, and Old Europe”, in: Frans Wijsen and Robert Schreiter (eds), Global Christianity. Contested Claims, Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2007, 35-49
  • “Exiles and Exotic Intruders: Christians in Britain”, in: Madang. International Journal for Contextual Theology in East Asia, Vol. 5 (2006), 105-11