Obituary for Dr. Julia Eva Wannenmacher


At the International Research Consortium “Fate, Freedom, and Prognostication: Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe“, we are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former visiting fellow

Dr. Julia Eva Wannenmacher

who died on 26 October 2019, at the age of 53.

Dr. Wannenmacher was a visiting fellow at the International Research Consortium from February 2012 to November 2012 and again from November 2014 to April 2015. During her stays, she pursued the research projects “Super Hieremiam: Prophecy and Politics in the Thirteenth Century” and “The ‘Pseudo-Joachim’ Commentary Super Hieremiam: Edition and Open Questions.”

Dr. Julia Eva Wannenmacher studied theology, classical Latin, and philosophy at the Humboldt University and the Free University of Berlin and received her PhD in church history at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in 2002. She collaborated in compiling critical editions of central texts in medieval theology (Joachim of Fiore) and nineteenth-century philosophy (German idealism). For the last few years, she participated in work on a critical complete edition of the works and letters of Jeremias Gotthelf at the University of Bern. Her teaching included courses on medieval history, church history, and systematic theology at the Humboldt-University of Berlin and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Her main research interests were medieval exegesis and theology as well as apocalypticism and political prophecy from antiquity to the early modern period. She also contributed to the study of the history of monastic orders. Based on her deep commitment to animal welfare, she recently also devoted herself to the study of the foundations of animal ethics in the history of ideas and systematic theology.

We have lost a valued member of our IKGF family and will keep her fondly in our memory as a scholar, colleague, and friend.

We extend our heartfelt thoughts and deepest sympathy to her family.