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Theologisches Seminar | Theologische und Religionswissenschaftliche Fakultät

Porträt Valérie Nicolet

Valérie Nicolet, Prof. Dr.

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Biographical Information

Valérie Nicolet studied hermeneutics and theology at the theology department of the University of Neuchâtel, where she obtained her “licence en théologie” (bachelor) in 2000. Her bachelor thesis was already an interdisciplinary work concentrating on Ingmar Bergman’s cinematographic work. She then started a master in biblical studies at the University of Lausanne, where she was a teaching assistant for three years. She obtained her master in 2004. After completing her master thesis, she went to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where she pursued her PhD in New Testament studies, under the direction of Prof. Luke T. Johnson. She defended her dissertation in 2010 and graduated the same year. Her dissertation is entitled Constructing the Self. Thinking with Paul and Michel Foucault. It was published by Mohr Siebeck in 2012.

In 2012, she was selected to be a postdoctoral fellow in New Testament at the University of Uppsala in Sweden. There she started working on her habilitation topic, which is concerned with the role of the law in Paul. It aims to reflect upon the law as an apocalyptic and political power in dialogue with readings of Paul by continental philosophers (such as Badiou, Žižek, Agamben). Since 2013, she is “maître de conférence” in New Testament at the Institut protestant de théologie in Paris, where she is also responsible, with Dr. Yala Kisukidi (University of Geneva), for the Seminar on postcolonial perspectives.

Selected Bibliography

“Penser l’identité avec l’apôtre Paul et Michel Foucault”, Études théologiques et religieuses 89 (2014/2): 157-172.

“Penser la différence chez Paul: enjeux ethniques dans Galates”, Foi et Vie 1 (2014): 4-25.

“Perspectives postcoloniales en exégèse biblique”, ThéoRèmes [En ligne], 4 (2013), mis en ligne le 07 novembre 2013. (consulté le 10 octobre 2014. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/theoremes.439)

Constructing the Self. Thinking with Paul and Michel Foucault (WUNT II. 324; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012).

“Becoming a Subject: The Case of Michel Foucault and Paul,” in Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory vol. 11 no. 1 (Winter 2010): 127-141.

"Leonard Cohen's Use of the Bible: Transformation of the Sacred", Biblical Reception 3 (2014), 223-239.