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Marian Burchardt is the new Professor “Sociology with a focus on Transregional Processes”

Institute of Sociology (Leipzig U) & Centre for Area Studies (Leipzig U)
Organization Institute of Sociology (Leipzig U)
Centre for Area Studies (Leipzig U)
Location CAS | Nikolaistraße 6-10 | Strohsackpassage | 5th Floor | Room 5.37
Information Website
Contact marian.burchardt@uni-leipzig.de



The professorship “Sociology with a focus on Transregional Processes” is a co-appointment between the Institute of Sociology and the Centre for Area Studies. It seeks to advance connections among social theory, social science research, and area expertise. The position also aims to strengthen Leipzig University’s research profile area “Global Connections and Comparisons” and contributes to its Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: “Process of Spatialization Under the Global Condition”.


Biographical Note

Prof. Dr. Marian Burchardt (Institute of Sociology & CAS, Leipzig U)

Marian Burchardt is a cultural sociologist, interested in how power and institutions shape social life in culturally diverse societies. In particular, his research explores from a transregional and comparative perspective how nation-states and urban actors regulate cultural differences and public space and how these regulations affect the practices, socialities, and subjectivities of ordinary citizens. He earned his PhD in sociology from Leipzig University and in 2015 he received the Heinz Maier Leibnitz Award from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the most prestigious German award for junior researchers (Link).

His first book Faith in the Time of AIDS: Religion, Biopolitics and Modernity in South Africa (Palgrave, 2015, Link) is an ethnography of the entanglements of religion, sexuality, and biomedicine in South Africa’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. The book argues that religious activism around HIV/AIDS epitomizes the ambivalent relationships between religious commitments and modern citizenship. Before coming to Leipzig University, Marian Burchardt taught African studies and sociology at the University of Bayreuth and was a researcher at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen. His current book project is based on his research at the MPI and explores the impact of nationalism on regulation of religious diversity. Next to his academic practice, he also worked for more than two and a half years as a consultant and project manager in international development and humanitarian assistance. This has taught him a lot about the world of NGOs and how globalization works on the ground.