English Intern
Philosophische Fakultät


The programme is taught by specialists in their various disciplines. Instructors have a wide range of specializations and cultural interests and encourage trans- and interdisciplinary approaches in classwork.

Birgit Herrmann studied Modern China (B.A.) and Chinese Studies (M.A.) at JMU Würzburg and Peking University. She is currently writing her PhD thesis on late marriage and voluntary childlessness in contemporary urban China. In 2023, she started working for the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Arts. She is responsible for the Chinese classes in the INSIGHTS programme.


Contact: birgit.herrmann@uni-wuerzburg.de

1987 born in Fulda

Studies and academic career

2007-2013 studies in German literature and language studies, Catholic Theology
2013 First state examination for secondary schools – thesis Die causa sui im Verhältnis zum Unbewegten Beweger. Untersuchungen zum Einfluss der Philosophie des Aristoteles zur Gotteslehre und Schöpfungstheologie Herman Schells
2015 licenciate in Catholic Theology (STL) – thesis: Sprache, Geist und Dogma. Über den Einbruch Gottes in die Wirklichkeit des Menschen und dessen sprachliche Aufarbeitung (translation: The Fragility of Language and the Encounter with God. On the Contingency and Legitimacy of Doctrine. Minneapolis: fortress 2021.)
2017, March-April Visting Lecturer Pontifical University Maynooth, Ireland
2018, January Visiting scholar Center for Catholic Studies Durham, GB
2018 February Visiting lecturer Shimer College Naperville, USA/ visiting scholar Loyoloa University Chicago, USA
2018, May Doctorate in Catholic Theology (STD) – thesis: Der versöhnte Blick und die Gabe des Anderen. Eine ästhetische relecture der Erbsünde
2019, January  Visiting scholar Center for Catholic Studies Durham, GB
2019, June  Visiting scholar Center for Catholic Studies Durham, GB
2020, February-March Visiting scholar der Villanova University, USA
2022, August-September Visiting scholar Center for Catholic Studies Durham, GB

Course: Understanding Germany and its Christian Heritage

Contact: florian.klug@uni-wuerzburg.de

Christina Schäfer is an accomplished scholar and lecturer, with a Magister's degree and Staatsexamen in German and History from JMU Würzburg. She completed her PhD in 2018, with a dissertation on “Erich Welter. Der Mann hinter der FAZ”. Since then, she has been working in the Dean's Office. In addition to her administrative duties, she has also given lectures in the INSIGHTS programme (formerly known as Würzburg English Language Programme). In July 2023 Christina Schäfer was appointed as the manager the INSIGHTS programme. She teaches a variety of subjects, most of which have a historical approach.


Contact: christina.b.schaefer@uni-wuerzburg.de

Luise Stark has been studying European Ethnology and Philosophy and Religion at JMU Würzburg since 2019 and has been working as a student assistant at both chairs since 2020. Her research focuses on design anthropology, beyond human studies and  economics of religion. From 2013 until 2018, Luise Stark studied design at the Faculty of Applied Arts Schneeberg. Since completing her Master's degree in 2018, she has been working as a freelance multimedia designer and meanwhile also as science communicator at her own studio.

Course: Folklike Germany: Customs and Traditions

Contact: luise.stark@uni-wuerzburg.de

Lisa Stolz studied Law, English-Speaking Cultures, and History at the Universities of Heidelberg and Würzburg, concluding in 2020 with a Master's thesis on Physics Nobel Laureates Albert Einstein and Johannes Stark. Following her studies, she worked at the Chair for Contemporary History at the University of Würzburg. Since 2021, she has been a Research Associate at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in the project "Biographical Studies of Leopoldina Members during the Nazi Era." Concurrently, she is working on her doctoral thesis. Her primary research focuses include media history, memory studies, and the history of law and science. She has been teaching since 2017, and since 2019, she has also been part of the INSIGHTS (formerly known as WELP) programme.

Course: Crime and Punishment: German Historical Criminal Cases and Newspapers (together with Dr. Christina Schäfer)

Contact: lisa.stolz@uni-wuerzburg.de