• Vita

    since 2018 University of Münster
    Professor (W3) of socio-cultural Anthropology, Institut für Ethnologie
    2008 - 2018 University of Cologne
    Professor (W2) of socio-cultural Anthropology, Philosophische Fakultät
    2005 - 2008 Indiana University, Bloomington (USA)
    Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies
    2005 Freie Universität Berlin
    Habilitation, Institut für Ethnologie (venia legendi für Ethnologie)
    1997 - 2004 Freie Universität Berlin
    Lecturer, Institut für Ethnologie
    1996 Frobenius-Institut, Frankfurt am Main
    1993 - 1996 Yale University, New Haven (USA)
    M. Phil. und Ph.D., Department of Social & Cultural Anthropology
    1990 Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
    Magistra Artium in Anthropology, Sociology und Biology


  • Research Project

    Living Religious Plurality in Uganda

    My book project, tentatively entitled “Living Religious Plurality in Uganda”, explores possibilities for, and forms of, religious plurality and coexistence in present-day Uganda, with particular attention to how the legal -institutional parameters of the post-colonial state and authoritarian forms of governance have been affecting inter-religious relations “on the ground”. I explore these questions by privileging the perspective of Muslims who, as members of a religious minority, look back at a longer history of stigmatization and systemic marginalization on the part of Christian-dominated governments. By asking how Muslims relate to and push against the legal-bureaucratic boundaries set by the postcolonial regime of religious regulation, the book seeks to fill a lacuna in anthropological scholarship on religious diversity in Africa that, so far, has tended to focus mostly on the interpersonal level of identity constructions and daily interactions with religious “others”.

  • Selected Publications