Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

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Walter Lesch, PhD

Title/s:  Université catholique de Louvain



Walter Lesch is a professor of social ethics and moral philosophy at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL)  in Louvain-la-Neuve, in the French speaking part of Belgium. He studied theology, philosophy and French language and literature in Münster, Fribourg, Jerusalem and Tübingen. After his PhD at the University of Tübingen, he worked as a postdoctoral assistant and as a researcher of the Swiss National Science Foundation at the University of Fribourg. Since 1999 he teaches at the UCL with a joint appointment at the Departments of Theology and Philosophy. He is currently directing the interdisciplinary Religious Studies Program. His research focusses on ethical issues of migration and on the hermeneutics of the paradigm of translation as a framework of intercultural ethics. Some results are published in his 2013 book with the title "Übersetzungen" (Translations), a collection of essays written in German. He expects the "Sacred Project" to be an exiting opportunity to develop international research activities dealing with the ambiguous effects of sacralization in multicultural settings, particularly in urban environments, and in contemporary art and literature.