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: the creation and use of cult images; the creation of religious spaces), questions concerning the use of visual material in the presentation of religions (esp. the use of photos in scholarly publications as well as the display of religious artefacts in museum spaces). Her interest in aesthetic approaches to studying religion pre-dates the DFG working group and her work has always inspired younger generations of scholars. In future, her acuity, her resourcefulness and her academic expertise will continue to enrich the debates within the network.


Jhankis. ‚Living images’ as objects of worship in Himachal Pradesh, North India“, in: K.A. Jacobsen, M. Aktor, K. Myrvold (eds.): Objects of Worship in South Asian Religions: Forms, practices and meanings. Abingdon 2015
Looking Different: Images of Hindu Deities in Temple and Museum Spaces, Journal of Religion in Europe 4 (2011) 175-194
Darśan-Bilder. Hinduistische Verehrungspraxis und populäre Poster in Nordindien, in: B. Beinhauer-Köhler, D. Pezzoli-Olgiati, J. Valentin (eds.): Religiöse Blicke – Blicke auf das Religiöse. Visualität und Religion. Zürich 2010, 201-225
Seeking the Blessing of the Consolatrix Afflictorum: The Annual Pilgrimage of Sri Lankan Tamils to the Madonna in Kevelaer (Germany), in: K.A. Jacobsen, S.J. Raj (eds.): South Asian Christian Diaspora. Invisible Diaspora in Europe and North America. Farnham 2009, 75-95
Temporäre Kultbilder hinduistischer Gottheiten, in: H.G. Kippenberg, ibid. (eds.): Lokale Religionsgeschichte. Marburg 1995, 223-233