NADJA FURLAN ŠTANTE, PhD, Principal Research Associate

Institute for Philosophical Studies

Tel.: +386 5 663 77 00


Research areas:

  • Religious studies
  • Religious  feminism; Eco-feminism; (Christian) feminist theology; Religion and ecology; Comparative religious studies; Interreligious dialogue; African indigenous religions


Nadja Furlan Štante received her B.A. degree (2000) in Theology, M.A. (2003) and  PhD degree (2005) in Women’s religious studies, at Faculty of Theology (University of Ljubljana) with a thesis on »The Influence of Gender Stereotypes on Violence in the System of State and the Catholic Church«.  Nadja Furlan Štante is
a member of the Institute for Philosophical Studies and director’s adviser.

Previously, she was employed as a young researcher at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Ljubljana. In 2008, she got employed at the University of Primorska, Science and Research Centre (UP ZRS), as a leader of a postdoctoral project. She received a Fullbright research grant (Fulbright Visiting Scholar) for the 2008-09 academic year at University of Berkeley, CA.

In addition to her research work, she was (is) occasionally involved in pedagogical work: first at UP FHŠ (Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska), where she was a member (2009-2013) and Deputy Head of the Department of Philosophy (2012-2013); at the Pedagogical Faculty, University of Primorska (doctoral program – Level III – 2013-2014); and as guest and invited lecturer at various Universities and Faculties (Faculty of Fine Arts and Faculty of Social Sciences (2013-2014) of the University of Ljubljana (2013-2014), ISH (Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis) AlmaMater (from 2016) and Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Maribor (2016-2019). She was a member of two University commissions: the Commission for International Cooperation of the University of Primorska (2012-2014) and the Commission for Scientific Research and Development Work at the University of Primorska (2014-2016). Since 2010 she is a member of the permanent expert body of the Scientific Research Council for Humanities (national coordinator for theology) at ARRS (Slovenian National Research Agency). She is also a member of the Expert Body at the MIZŠ RS (Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia): Commission for Women in Science – renamed to Commission for Equal Opportunities in the Field of Science.

Nadja Furlan Štante has published several scientific monographs and articles, which altogether encompass approximately 200 units.

In addition to Fulbright’s scholarship (Fulbright Visiting Scholar, University of Berkeley, CA in 2008-2009, she also gain the National Award – Excellence in Science 2013 – Humanities – Theology.

Research activity:

Nadja Furlan Štante is currently a leader of basic national research project (J6-9393) »Interreligious dialogue – a Basis for Coexisting Diversity in the Light of Migration and the Refugee Crisis« and a member of national research program (P5-0409). So far she has led and participated in numerous national research projects and programmes (3) in her extensive research work. She was a research leader of two basic national research projects: postdoctoral research project (Z6-0211) »Religion and Sexism: the image and position of a woman in the Jewish-Christian tradition« and basic national research project (J6-3611) »Theological Ecofeminism and the modern ecological crisis«. As a project collaborator she participated in the following basic national research projects:

  • J6-0238: Democratic experimentalism: pragmatist and intercultural approach (1.2.2008―30.1.2011)
  • J6-3614: Animal ethics as a paradigm of sustainable development ethics (1.5.2010―30.4.2013)
  • J6-4139: Dialogue in the Global Multicultural Society (1.7.2011―30.6.2014)
  • J-6-5565: Between Politics and Ethics: Towards A New World Culture of Hospitality and Non-violence (1.8.2013―31.7.2016)
  • J6-6851: Religija kot dejavnik etičnosti in medkulturnega dialoga (1.7.2014―30.6.2017)
  • J6-7325: Revival of cosmic justice: the poetics of feminine (1.5.2017―30.4.2020)
  • J6-7325: The Return of the Religious in Postmodern Thought as a Challenge for Theology (1.1.2016―31.12.2018)

Nadja Furlan Štante is a member of ESWTR (European Society of Women in Theological Research) and Society for religiology and imterreligious dialogue.

She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Monitor. She is the organizer and co-organizer of several international and domestic scientific conferences.