Anne Koch

Profile at University Salzburg Prof. Anne Koch is professor for Religious Studies at Paris Lodron University in Salzburg. Her research interests include body knowledge; cognitive study of religion; healing and the efficacy of healing rituals; psychotechniques of self-care (cleansing, breathing etc.); method in aesthetics of religion; aesthetic subjectivities. She is...

Katharina Wilkens

 Profile at University Munich The speaker of the network, Dr. Katharina Wilkens, has two major foci in aesthetics of religion. She is interested in spirit possession trance and the resulting forms of embodied, sensual and performative knowledge. Also, material text practices such as the therapeutic drinking of the Qur’an attract...

Peter Bräunlein

 Profile Prof. Peter Bräunlein, one of the foremost scholars in the field of visuality and materiality of religion, helped develop the burgeoning approach of aesthetics of religion and has always generously encouraged young researchers in their studies. His previous areas of focus include image acts and iconic representations of religion...

Esther-Maria Guggenmos

 Profile at University Erlangen-Nuremberg Prof. Esther-Maria Guggenmos is currently working on Buddhist divinatory rituals and starting research in olfactory aspects of religious practice and tradition. She is one of our leading experts in museum studies within the network.       Edited volume Articles  

Adrian Hermann

 Profile at University Hamburg Jun. Prof. Adrian Hermann works on religion in a globalised world, with a focus on documentary media and religion, the aesthetic production of religious evidences, and the global history of Christianity. In a current project on „Audiovisual documentary media and religion“ he is interested in analysing...

Jens Kugele

 Profile at University Giessen In his work, Jens Kugele, Ph.D., bridges literary studies, cultural studies and the study of religion. He is interested specifically in theories of spatiality, memory and interdisciplinary crossing points of media theory, memory theory and museology.       Edited special issue Article    

Isabel Laack

 Profile at University Heidelberg Dr. Isabel Laack’s interests in aesthetics of religion are manifold. She is widely recognized as pioneer in the field of musicology of religion with particular foci on sound/music in religious rituals, concepts and knowledge production. With a Marie-Curie grant, she has also studied Aztec religious text...

Brigitte Luchesi

Over the years, Dr. Brigitte Luchesi has had the opportunity to study various aspects of performative genres as topics of aesthetics of religion (esp. forms of worship, religious theatre, tableaux vivants, pilgrimage as cultural performance). Particular areas of interest also include visual aspects of religion (esp. with regard to Hinduism:...

Annette Wilke

 Profile at University Münster Prof. Annette Wilke’s main areas of interest within the field of aesthetics of religion lie in language and sound in Hinduism, goddess representations, Tantric ritual and techniques of imagination, and Hindu temples and festival culture in the diaspora. She presently works on media and mediations of...

Robert A. Yelle

 Profile at University Munich Prof. Robert Yelle is a widely acclaimed expert in the field of semiotics. His research interests also extend to performance theory, pragmatics, rhetoric and ritualization based on extensive study of colonial language politics in India and more recently on studies of semiotic shifts in the history...