Chair no. 9 - Jayne Svenungsson

Jayne Svenungsson was born 1973 in Trollhättan. In the early 1990s, she moved to Gothenburg, where she studied Linguistics, History, Theology and Philosophy. In 1998, she enrolled as a doctoral student in Systematic Theology at Lund University. Her doctoral thesis, Guds återkomst: En studie av gudsbegreppet inom postmodern filosofi (2002; ”The Return of God: A Study of the Concept of God in Postmodern Philosophy”), examined the renewed debate on the concept of God within contemporary French phenomenology.

In the following decade, Svenungsson was Senior Lecturer at Stockholm School of Theology. During these years, she also spent periods abroad as visiting research fellow in Potsdam, Glasgow and Oxford. In 2015, she was offered the chair in Systematic Theology Lund University.

Svenungsson has published a large number of articles in academic journals in Sweden and abroad. She is co-editor of five volumes, including Jewish Thought, Utopia, and Revolution (2014), Monument and Memory (2015), and Heidegger’s Black Notebooks and the Future of Theology (2017).

Her most recent monograph is Den gudomliga historien: Profetism, messianism och andens utveckling (2014), which was translated and published in English in 2016 as Divining History: Prophetism, Messianism and Development of the Spirit. The book explores how Jewish and Christian conceptions of history have affected modern political thinking and offers an original contribution to the contemporary politico-philosophical debate.

In addition to her scholarly work, Svenungsson regularly contributes to dailies, magazines and radio – e.g. Svenska Dagbladet, Dixikon, Teologiska Rummet – and she has also been on the board of several magazines and journals.

Jayne Svenungsson is resident in Lund and Stockholm.