Stefan Binder

 Profile at Göttingen University

Stefan Binder is a research fellow in the DFG priority programme „Ästhetische Eigenzeiten“. His current project, titled „Religious times, media genres, and their technical execution: An ethnographic investigation of audiovisual media practices among Shi’ites in Hyderabad“ is a study on the aesthetics of time which focuses on the production and consumption of Shi’ite religious videos as a medium for the experience and manipulation of multiple temporalities within the environment of a major South-Indian city. From 2012 to 2017, he pursued his PhD at Utrecht University (Netherlands) with an ethnographic study on the contemporary Atheist, Rationalist, and Humanist movements in South India. He received his M.A. in religious studies, cultural anthropology, and Indology from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich where he graduated in 2011 with an analysis of meditation practices among German Buddhists in relation to discourses on subjectivity and the non-self. His research interests include aesthetics of religion, material religion, anthropology of the secular, media and religion, postcolonial studies.


Total Atheism: Making Mental Revolution in South India. PhD Dissertation. Utrecht: Utrecht University, 2017. 
With Quack, Johannes; “Atheism and Rationalism in Hinduism.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Hinduism. Ed. Tracy Coleman. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.
Die Erzeugung von Welt in Praktiken des Selbst. Eine Dispositivanalyse von Subjektivität im zeitgenössischen Buddhismus, Münster 2011


“‘Let us become Human through Beef and Pork’: Atheist Humanism and the Aesthetics of Caste.” South Asia Chronicle, 6, 2016, pp. 205–27.
(A. Koch) Holistic Medicine between Religion and Science. A Secularist Construction of Spiritual Healing in Medical Literature, Journal of Religion in Europe 6.2013,1, 1-34
Der Erlebniskosmos des II. Ökumenischen Kirchentags. Mechanismen eines religiösen Events zur Erzeugung holistischen Erlebens als Bewältigung von Moderne, Zeitschrift für Religionswissenschaft 19.2012, 187–211