Bjorn Krondorfer

Björn Krondorfer is Director of the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University and Endowed Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies. His field of expertise is religion, gender, culture, (post-) Holocaust studies, Western religious thought, and reconciliation studies. He is the recipient of the Norton Dodge Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievements. Publications include the forthcoming Reconciliation in Global Context: Why it is Needed and How it Works (SUNY), Male Confessions: Intimate Revelations and the Religious Imagination (Stanford UP), Men and Masculinities in Christianity and Judaism (London, SCM), and Remembrance and Reconciliation (Yale UP). He also published three volumes in German on the cultural and theological legacy of the Holocaust. His scholarship helped to define the field of Critical Men’s Studies in Religions. Nationally and internationally, Krondorfer facilitates intercultural encounters on issues of conflict, memory, and reconciliation. He has been invited to speak, present his research, and facilitate workshops and seminars in South Africa, Australia, South Korea, Finland, Poland, United Kingdom, Italy, Israel & Palestine, Germany, Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Canada.

He serves on editorial and advisory boards of several journals. In 2007-08, he was guest professor at the Institute of Theology and the History of Religion at the Freie University Berlin, Germany, and he held the status of visiting Faculty Affiliate at the University of the Free State, South Africa. He delivered the Jerome Cardin Memorial Lecture at Loyola University, Baltimore (2012) and the William Temple Lecture as the first speaker at the Jaamiatul-ilm Wal-Huda (Islamic College) in conjunction with Blackburn Cathedral, UK. In May 2014, he completed the year-long University Leadership Program at Northern Arizona University.

As director, he created and designed exhibits on the Jewish Ghetto in Bedzin and the Berlin Wall, and the co-curated the art exhibits Wounded Landscapes (2014) and Echoes of Loss: Artistic Responses to Trauma (2018). Internationally, he has offered workshops on bibliodrama, hagiodrama and sutradrama, and has collaborated with visual artist Karen Baldner on print, book art and installations since 2003.