• Research Areas

    • Anthropology of Religion
    • Mental health and spiritual wellbeing
    • Political Anthropology
    • Islam in Africa
    • Gender Studies
    • Anthropology of Media
  • CV

    Education

    Postdoctoral Degree (Habilitation), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität (FU) Berlin (venia legendi for Anthropology)
    Master of Arts in Anthropology, Sociology and Biology, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
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    Study of Anthropology, Sociology and Biology, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
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    Study of Biology, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
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    Study of Art History, Université Paul-Valéry-Montpellier (France)

    Positions

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    Professor of Anthropology, Institute of Ethnology, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU) Münster
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    Professor of Anthropology, Department of Cultural & Social Anthropology, Universität zu Köln
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    Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington (USA)
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    Lecturer, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin
    Lecturer, Frobenius Institute, Frankfurt am Main
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    M.Phil. and Ph.D., Department of Social & Cultural Anthropology, Yale University, New Haven (USA)

    Honors

    Fellow, Center for African Studies - Harvard University (USA)
    Fellow - Berlin Graduate School „Muslim Cultures and Societies“ (USA)
    Teaching Prize - Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Universität zu Köln
    Visiting scholar - Dept. of Anthropology, University of Oslo (Norway)
    Fellow - Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, Ithaca (USA)
    Visiting Scholar - Dept. of Anthropology, University of Chicago (USA)
    Frobenius Society’s Research Award - Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main

    External functions

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    Member, Selection Committee, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
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    Scientific Member of the Steering Committee, Initiative of Excellence of the Universität zu Köln
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    Member, African Studies Association Germany (VAD)
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    Co-Editor, Series „Mande Worlds“ (Lit Verlag)
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    Academic Director, Research and Teaching Unit „Media, Culture and Society“, Universität zu Köln
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    Member, American Academy of Religions (AAR)
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    Advisory Board, Series „Ethnographien“ (Konstanz University Press)
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    Member, American Anthropological Association (AAA)
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    Member, African Studies Association (ASA)
  • Publications

    The Ten Most Important Publications.

    Peer-reviewed publications

    • (with Marloes Janson) Introduction: Religion and Masculinities in Africa, in: Journal of Religion in Africa, vol. 46/2-3, Leiden/Boston 2016, pp. 121-128.
    • (with Souleymane Diallo) Competing Assertions of Muslim Masculinity in Contemporary Mali, in: Journal of Religion in Africa, vol. 46/2-3, Leiden/Boston 2016, pp. 219-250.
    • Scholarship on Gender Politics in the Muslim World. Some Critical Reflections, in: L. Buskens, A. van Sandwijk (eds.), Islamic Studies in the Twenty-first Century: Transformations and Continuities, Amsterdam 2016, pp. 109-133.
    • „Shari’a“ as a moving target? The reconfiguration of regional and national fields of Muslim debate in Mali, in: R. Hefner (ed.), Shari’a Law and Modern Muslim Ethics, Bloomington 2016.
    • Mediating authority: Media Technologies and the Generation of Charismatic Appeal in Southern Mali, in: Culture and Religion. An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 16, 2015, pp. 125-145.
    • (En)gendering Muslim Self-Assertiveness: Muslim Schooling and Female Elite Formation in Uganda, in: Journal of Religion in Africa, vol. 43/4, Leiden/Boston 2013, pp. 396-425.
    • What makes a good minority Muslim? Educational policy and the paradoxes of Muslim schooling in Uganda, in: Contemporary Islam, vol. 7/1, Berlin 2013, pp. 53-70.
    • Dis/embodying Authority: Female radio „preachers“ and the ambivalences of mass-mediated speech in Mali, in: International Journal of Middle East Studies, vol. 44/1, Cambridge 2012, pp. 23-43.
    • Muslims and New Media in West Africa: Pathways to God, Bloomington 2012.

    Other publications

    • (ed., together with Patrick A. Desplat) Prayer in the City: The Making of Muslim Sacred Places and Urban Life, Bielefeld 2012.

  • Teaching

    82877 Cultures and Practices of Hearing
    19.04.18 - 12.07.18, Thu 12-14, F 042
    082881 Research Colloquium
    19.04.18 - 19.07.18, Thu 14-16, STU 105 (2.10)
    19.04.18 - 19.07.18, Thu 14-16, STU 104 (2.1)
    082884 Institute´s Colloquium
    14-täglich, 18.04.18 - 11.07.18, Wed 18-20, STU 105 (2.10)
    14-täglich, 18.04.18 - 11.07.18, Wed 18-20, STU 104 (2.1)
    082885 Writing a Project Proposal
    18.04.18 - 11.07.18, Wed 14-16, STU 102 (2.4)
    18.04.18 - 11.07.18, Wed 14-16, STU 104 (2.1)
    082889 Master- and PhD-Colloquium
    18.04.18 - 11.07.18, Wed 16-18, STU 105 (2.10)