Barbara Schellhammer

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Barbara Schellhammer
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Munich, Germany
EducationDiploma in Social Work
Alma materUniversity of Applied Sciences in Munich
Munich School of Philosophy
OccupationCultural philosopher
Social scientist
Years active1999-Present

Barbara Schellhammer (born 1977 in Munich) is a German cultural philosopher and social scientist. She lived, worked and researched in Canada for several years.[1]


Barbara Schellhammer studied Social Work with a focus on systemic family therapy at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich. From 1998 till 2013 she lived and worked in Canada and taught in Victoria, BC, at the Royal Roads University (School of Peace and Conflict Studies) in the area of Human Services Skills, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice. In 2005 and 2006 she conducted ethnographic field research while serving as a social worker in Inuit communities in the North West Territories (Inuvik, Ulukhaktok and Paulatuk). She earned a certificate as Professional Coach (Erickson College, Vancouver) and received a mediation certificate (Pulse Institute, Calgary).[1]

In 2009 she finished her PhD at the Munich School of Philosophy (MSP).[1][2]

Also, in 2009 she became Professor for International and Intercultural Social Work at the CVJM-Hochschule Kassel. In 2013 she came back to the Munich School of Philosophy, to start her post-doc work while she served as Assistant Professor in Adult Education (later Intercultural Education).[3] At the Munich School of Philosophy, she developed Internet-based learning and teaching scenarios for higher education (E-, M- and Blended Learning). Besides publishing several books and articles, she organized the conference Culture.[4] From 2017 until 2018 she served as Academic Director for Europe & Middle East for Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL).[1]

She habilitated in 2018 at the University of Hildesheim (venia legendi Cultural Philosophy) with her work on Fremdheitserfahrungen und die Sorge um sich selbst. Untersuchungen zur Entwicklung der Fremdheitsfähigkeit einer Person.[5] In 2019 she became Professor for Intercultural Social Transformation and the director of the Center for Social and Development Studies at the MSP. Currently her main research interest lies in intercultural philosophy, the phenomenology of the alien, identity and self-care practices, peace studies and conflict-transformation.

Publications (selection)

  • 2017: Wie lernen Erwachsene (heute)? Eine transdisziplinäre Einführung in die Erwachsenenbildung. Weinheim: Beltz Juventa.
  • Schellhammer, Barbara A. "The philosophy of self-care, individuation and psychodrama: exploring creative means to encountering the "unknown other" in self". Taylor & Francis.
  • 2019: An Konflikten wachsen. Konflikt-Coaching und die Sorge um sich selbst. Weinheim: Beltz.
  • 2019: Culture – A Life of Learning: Clifford Geertz und aktuelle gesellschaftliche Herausforderungen. Gmainer-Pranzl/Schellhammer (ed.), Verlag Peter Lang.

External Links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Prof. Dr. Barbara Schellhammer". Hochschule für Philosophie München.
  2. "»Dichte Beschreibung« in der Arktis". transcript Verlag.
  3. "Jesuiten-Hochschule beruft erste Professorin".
  4. "Tagung "Culture. A Life of Learning"". Hochschule für Philosophie München.
  5. "Schellhammer erhält Venia Legendi". Hochschule für Philosophie München.

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