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Dr Silvianne Aspray (née Bürki) is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and the author of Metaphysics in the Reformation: The Case of Peter Martyr Vermigli (OUP 2021).

She was awarded her doctorate in Philosophical Theology at the Divinity Faculty in Cambridge in 2018. She held a Cambridge International Trust doctoral scholarship, and a "Doc.Mobility" Fellowship of the Swiss National Science Foundation. During Michaelmas term 2015 she conducted research at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, where she had been awarded an exchange studentship.

Being a Swiss native, Dr Aspray took a BA and MA in Theology from Bern University (Faculty prize), and studied for a year in Durham. Before moving to Cambridge in 2013, she was a research assistant at the University of Zurich and the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches.


Key publications: 


Aspray, S. (2021), Metaphysics in the Reformation: The Case of Peter Martyr Vermigli, British Academy Monograph Series, OUP

Refereed Journal Articles

Aspray, S. (2022) “Performative Finitude: Theological Language and the God-World-Relationship in Nicholas of Cusa's De Non Aliud”, International Journal of Systematic Theology 24/2, 173-190

Aspray, S. (2018) “An Augustinian Response to Jean-Louis Chrétien’s Phenomenology of Prayer”, International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 79/3, 311-322

Aspray, S. (2018) “A Complex Legacy: Louis Bouyer and the Metaphysics of the Reformation”, Modern Theology 34/1, 3-22

Aspray, S. (2017) “Peter Martyr Vermigli's Preces Sacrae (1564) and the Problem of Prayers as Historical Sources”, Reformation and Renaissance Review 19/2, 87-103

Bürki, S. (2014) “Innere und äussere Angelegenheiten im Berner Staatskirchenrecht in historisch-theologischer Sicht”, Schweizerisches Jahrbuch für Kirchenrecht 19, 81-103

Chapters in Books

Aspray, S. (2021) "Gottes radikale Gabe und die menschliche Individualität: Zur Gott-Welt-Beziehung im Licht von Jakobus 1,17f" in "Wachet und Betet": Mystik, Spiritualität und Gebet in Zeiten politischer und gesellschaftlicher Unruhe, Oliver Dürr et al. (eds.), Aschendorff, 44–53

Bürki, S. and Peter Opitz (2014) “Der Heidelberger Katechismus im Kontext zeitgenössischer reformierter Katechismen”, in Handbuch Heidelberger Katechismus, Arnold Huijgen et al. (eds.), Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 184–192

Dictionary entries

Aspray, S. (2021) Entires "Eminence”, “pre-eminent” and “Theurgy” in Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, 4th edition, edited by Andrew Louth, OUP

Review Articles and Reviews

Aspray, S. (2018) Review: Christian Ströbele, Performanz und Diskurs bei Cusanus, Reviews in Religion and Theology 25.3, 570-572

Bürki, S. (2016) Review: Johannes Hoff, The Analogical Turn, 2013, Reviews in Religion and Theology 23.1 (2016), 52-55

Bürki, S. (2016) Review: Christopher Baker et al, A Philosophy of Christian Materialism, 2015, Theology 119.3 (2016), 222-223

Bürki, S. (2015) “The (Missing) Praxis of Radical Hermeneutics”, Review: Thomas Pfau, Minding the Modern, 2015, Syndicate: A New Forum for Theology 2, 89–94

Bürki, S. (2012) Review: Amy Nelson Burnett, Karlstadt and the Origins of the Eucharistic Controversy, 2011, Zwingliana (39/2012), 157–161


Aspray S. (2019) “On the Importance of the Sensible World in Nicholas of Cusa’s Mystagogy”, Noesis: Theology, Philosophy, Politics 6, 54-61

Bürki S. (2016) “’There Can Be No Truth Without a Conversion’: Knowledge of God and the Transformation of the Self”, Noesis: Theology, Philosophy, Poetics 3, 26-31

Bürki S. (2014) “Abundance and Simplicity: Participation in Babette's Feast”, Noesis: Theology, Philosophy, Poetics 1, 16–21

Teaching and Supervisions


As an affiliated lecturer at the Faculty of Divinity, Dr Aspray coordinates and teaches the MPhil module "Nicholas of Cusa as a Philosohpical Theologian" (in the Philosophy of Religion and Christian Theology pathways), contributes to the lectures for "Philosophy of Religion" (A8), and supervises for a wide range of undergraduate papers in philosophy of religion, ethics and Christian theology. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Divinity
Bye-Fellow, Fitzwilliam College
Dr Silvianne  Aspray

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