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Wernaa, Gitte

Gitte Wermaa
Core Faculty
Associate Professor
University of Virginia
School Affiliation

Cambridge College School of Undergraduate Studies

Academic Focus

Philosophy of religion; modern and contemporary continental philosophy and religious thought; arts, literature, religion

Courses Taught

CTH225 - Foundations of Critical Thinking

PHI 235 - Introduction to Philosophy Through Literature

PHI 300 - Existential Philosophies

PHI 315 - Philosophy of Religion

PHI 318 - Ethical Analysis in Contemporary Society

PHI 320 - Philosophy of Film

LRN 175 - Principles and Processes of Adult Learning

REL 230 - Religions of the World



Ph.D. - University of Virginia - Religious studies

M.A. and B.A. - University of Copenhagen - Theology

Visiting graduate student - Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel - Center for the Study of Early Christianity - Qumran and Orthodox Christianity specialization

B.A. - University of Copenhagen - International business administration


Awards & Recognitions
  • National Learn and Serve Service-Learning Course Integration Grant 2004-2005 and 2005-2006
  • Dupont Fellowship - one-year grant for studies at University of Virginia
Research & Publications

2013. "Teaching Itself: a Philosophical Exploration of Inside-Out Pedagogy" in Simone Weil Davis and Barbara Sherr Roswell (editors) Turning Teaching Inside Out: a Pedagogy of Transformation. NY: Palgrave.

2006. "Crossing the Same River Twice? Reading Kierkegaard's Rhetorical Repetitions" Kierkegaard Yearbook. Pd. 129-143.

2002. Lindormens Skrig. Skrift og Daemoni in M. A. Hansen, Kierkegaard of Kafka" [The Cry of the Serpent: Writing and the Demonic in M. A. Hansen, Kierkegaard and Kafka], book chapter, in Arvesyndens Skoenneste Rose. Nyere Forskning I M. A. Hansens Digtning. [The Most Beautiful Rose of Sin: Contemporary Research in the Writings of M. A. Hansen.] Copenhagen, Denmark, Gyldendal Publishing.

2000. "Abraham - Knight of Faith or Counterfeit? Abraham Figures in Kierkegaard, Derrida, and Kafka". Kierkegaardiana, 21, pp. 19-35.

1999. "Encounter with the Other: A Matter of Im/Mediacy. Levinas and Kierkegaard on the Other and Mediation". Kerygma und Dogma, 45(4), pp. 307-316.

Selected Presentations

Before the Laws of Readings - Endicott College - 2010

The Horror of the Inexorable in Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" - University of Massachusetts Amherst - 2009

Lessons from Inside/Out: Justice in the Classroom - Justice Studies Association national conference, Berkley, CA - 2006

Teaching Inside Out: Ethics and Community-Based Learning - American Academy of Religion conference, Philadelphia, PA - 2005

Teaching Itself - Elon Philosophy as Transformative Practice Seminar, Elon, NC

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

American Academy of Religion

Modern Language Association

Kierkegaard Society