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Dr. Giovanni Maltese


Assistant Professor

Department of Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology

Theologische Fakultät, Universität Heidelberg
Kisselgasse 1, 69117 Heidelberg (Room 208)
Tel.: +49 (0) 6221 / 54-3360

Fax: +49 (0) 6221 / 54-3290
Email: Giovanni.Maltese@wts.uni-heidelberg.de 

Academic Career

  • since February 2017 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Forum für Internationale Wissenschaft (FIW), Universität Bonn
  • February 2017: PhD (Dr. theol.) with high distinction ("summa cum laude")
  • Oktober 2016 Dissertation "Politik und Gesellschaft in der philippinischen Pfingstbewegung"
  • since May 2015 Lehrstuhlassistent
  • 2014 Visiting researcher and lecturer, Social Development Research Center, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines
  • 2013 Visiting lecturer and researcher, Silliman University, Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Philippines
  • since 2012 Doctoral Research Fellow; DFG Research project: Politics and Society in Filipino Pentecostalism on Negros (Oriental)
  • 2012 Degree in Theology with high distinction and honors (Note 1,0 mit Auszeichnung). Diploma thesis: „Geisterfahrer. Die Erfahrungsbegriffe in den pfingstlich-charismatischen Theologien von Terry L. Cross und Amos Yong im Vergleich“ [The Concepts of Experience in the Pentecostal-Charismatic Theologies of Terry L. Cross and Amos Young in Comparison].
  • 2008 Translator for the ecumenical research group Fondamento e dimensione oggettiva della fede secondo la dottrina cattolico-romana ed evangelico-luterana baed in the universities of Heidelberg (Prof. Dr. W. Härle), Tübingen (Prof. Dr. E. Herms) und the Pontificial Lateran University of Rome (Prof. Dr. G. Lorizio; Prof. Dr. L. Žak)
  • 2006-2012 Student assistent for Prof. Dr. M. Bergunder (Department of Religious Studies ans Mission Studies) and Prof. Dr. F. Nüssel (Ecumenical Institute); student teaching assistent  Prof. Dr. P. Lampe (New Testament) and Prof. Dr. G. Theissen (New Testament)2005-2012 Studies in Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, in Heidelberg, Mainz and in the Philippines
  • 2005-2012 Studies in Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, in Heidelberg, Mainz and in the Philippines.


Edited Books:
Articles and Book Chapters:
  • Dave Johnson, Theology in Context: A Case Study in the Philippines (Manila: APTS Press, 2013. In: Religious Studies Review 40, Nr. 1 (2014): 24–25.
  • Christl Kessler and Jürgen Rüland, Give Jesus a Hand! Charismatic Christians — Populist Religion and Politics in the Philippines (Quezon City, Manila: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2008. In: PNEUMA 33.1 (2011), 142-143 (published in German: http://www.glopent.net/iak-pfingstbewegung/rezensionen).

Courses Taught

Fields of Interest

  • Global Pentecostalism
  • History of Religion in the Philippines
  • Religion and Politics in Southeast Asia (esepcially Christianity and Islam) 
  • Political Theology and Political Theory
  • Interreligious Dialogue and Theologia Religionum
  • International Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Epistemological Premises of Theological Reflection
  • Theory and Method in Religious Studies.


  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Missionswissenschaft (DGMW)

Conference Papers