Prof. Dr. Marian Burchardt


I am a professor of sociology at Leipzig University. As a cultural sociologist, I am interested in how power and institutions shape social life in culturally diverse societies. In particular, my 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. I earned my PhD in sociology from Leipzig University and in 2015 I received the Heinz Maier Leibnitz Award from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the most prestigious German award for junior researchers (link).

My 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, I 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. My current book project is based on my research at the MPI and explores the impact of nationalism on regulation of religious diversity. Next to my academic practice, I 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 me a lot about the world of NGOs and how globalization works on the ground.

Reasearch Interest

  • Sociology of knowledge
  • Sociology of religion
  • Urban sociology
  • Ethnographic and qualitative methods
  • Theories of space
  • Theories of modernity

Education

2010 PhD, Leipzig U
2004 MA, Leipzig U

 

 

Academic Positions

Since 2018 Professor of Transregional Sociology, Dept. of Sociology and Center for Area Studies
2017–2018 Senior Researcher, Humanities Center for Advanced Studies “Multiple Secularities – Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities”, Leipzig U
Winter 2017 Visiting Professor, Dept. of African Studies, Leipzig U
2012–2017 Researcher, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen
2010–2012 Researcher, Dept. for the Study of Culture, Leipzig U
2009–2010 Research Associate, Dept. of Development Sociology and African Studies, U Bayreuth

 

 

Publications

Books

2015    Faith in the Time of AIDS: Religion, Biopolitics and Modernity in South Africa. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, (Link).

 

Journal Articles (peer-reviewed)

2018*  (forthcoming) “To See or Not to See: Explaining Intolerance towards the ‘Burqa’ in European Public Space”. Ethnic and Racial Studies.

2018*  (forthcoming) “Masculinity, Sexual Citizenship and Religion in post-apartheid South Africa: A Field-Theoretical Approach“. Citizenship Studies.

2018*  (forthcoming, with Zeynep Yanasmayan and Matthias Koenig) “The judicial politics of burqa bans in Belgium and Spain – Socio-legal field dynamics and the standardization of justificatory repertoires“. Law & Social Inquiry.

2018*  (forthcoming) “Governing Religious Identities: Law and Legibility in Neoliberalism”. Religion.

2018*  “Saved from Hegemonic Masculinity? Charismatic Christianity and Men’s Responsibilization in South Africa”. Current Sociology 66(1): 110–127.

2018*  “Statecraft, Witchcraft, God’s Craft: Religious Diversity and the Forces of Law in Postcolonial South Africa”. Journal of Religion in Africa 47(2): 257–284.

2017*  (with Avi Astor and Maria del Mar Griera) “The Politics of Religious Heritage: Framing Claims to Religion as Culture”. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 56(1): 126–142.

2017* “Diversity as Neoliberal Governmentality: Towards a New Sociological Genealogy of Religion”. Social Compass 64(2): 180–193.

2016*  (with Irene Becci and Mariachiara Giorda) “Religious Super-diversity and Spatial Strategies in Two European Cities”. Current Sociology 65(1): 73–91.

2016*  (with Hovhannes Hovhannisyan) “Secular vs. Religious Nationhood: ‘Multiple Secularities in Post-Soviet Armenia”. Social Compass 63(4): 427–443.

2017*  “Recalling Modernity: How Nationalist Memories shape Religious Diversity in Quebec and Catalonia“. Nations and Nationalism 23(3): 599–619.

2016*  “Infrastrutture del religioso: materialià e regime d’ordine urbani”. Historia Religionum 8: 67–77.

2016*  (with Mar Griera) “Religión y espacio public: el conflicto entorno a la regulación del velo integral islámico [Religion and Public Space: The Conflict about the Regulation of Islamic Face Veiling]. Papeles del CEIC. International Journal on Collective Identity Research 2016(2): 1–28.

2015*  “The Self as Capital in the Narrative Economy: How Biographical Testimonies Move Activism in the Global South”. Sociology of Health and Illness 38(4): 592–609.

2015    (with AbdouMaliq Simone and Stefan Höhne) “The Infrastructures of Diversity: Materiality and Culture in Urban Space”, Introduction to a special issue in New Diversities 17(2): 1–10.

2015*  (with Maria del Mar Griera and Gloria García-Romeral) “Narrating Liberal Rights and Culture: Muslim Face-Veiling, Urban Coexistence and Contention in Spain”. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 41(7), 1068–1089.

2015*  (with Susanne Schenk and Monika Wohlrab-Sahr) “Religious Diversity in the Neoliberal Welfare State: Secularity and the Ethos of Egalitarianism in Sweden”. International Sociology 30(6): 3–20.

2014*  “Bourgeois Abstinence: Sexuality, Individualism and Performances of Class among Pentecostal Middle Class Youth in South Africa”. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion 25: 126–159.

2014*  “AIDS Activism in the Age of Treatment in South Africa: Christianity, Resource Mobilization and the Meanings of Engagement”. Journal of Southern African Studies 40(1): 59–74.

2013*  (with Monika Wohlrab-Sahr and Ute Wegert) “Multiple Secularities: Postcolonial Variations and Guiding Ideas in South Africa and India”. International Sociology 28(6): 612–628.

2013*  (with Monika Wohlrab-Sahr) “Von Multiple Modernities zu Multiple Secularities: kulturelle Diversität, Säkularismus und Toleranz als Leitidee in Indien”. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie 38(4): 355–374.

2013    (with Monika Wohlrab-Sahr) “Multiple Secularities: Religion and Modernity in the Global Age - Introduction”. International Sociology 28(6): 605–611.

2013*  (with Rebecca VanderMeulen and Amy Patterson) “HIV/AIDS activism, framing and identity formation in Mozambique’s Equipas de Vida”. Canadian Journal of African Studies 47(2): 249–272.

2013    (with Amy Patterson and Louise Mubanda Rasmussen) “The Politics and Anti-Politics of Social Movements: Religion and HIV/AIDS in Africa”. Canadian Journal of African Studies 47(2): 171–185.

2013    (with Rijk van Dijk and Eileen Moyer) “In the name of counselling: skilful revelations of intimate life in contemporary Africa”. Introduction to the special issue “Sexuality, Intimacy and Counselling”. Culture, Health and Sexuality 15(4): 431–439.

2013*  “Equals before the Law? Public Religion and Queer Activism in the Age of Judicial Politics in South Africa”. Journal of Religion in Africa 44(4): 237–260.

2013*  “’We are saving the township’: Pentecostalism, faith-based organisations, and development in South Africa”. Journal of Modern African Studies 51(4): 627–651.

2012*  “‘Transparent sexualities’: sexual openness, HIV disclosure and the governmentality of sexuality in South Africa”. Culture, Health & Sexuality 15(4): 495–508.

2012*  (with Monika Wohlrab-Sahr) “Multiple Secularities. Toward a Cultural Sociology of Secular Modernities”. Comparative Sociology 11(6): 875–909.

2012*  “Faith-based humanitarianism: organizational change and everyday meanings in South Africa”.  Sociology of Religion 74(1): 30–55.

2012*  (with Cora Schuh and Monika Wohlrab-Sahr) Contested Secularities: Secular Progressivism and Religious Minorities in the Netherlands“. Journal of Religion in Europe 5(3): 349–383.

2011    (with M. Wohlrab-Sahr) „Vielfältige Säkularitäten. Vorschlag zu einer vergleichenden Analyse religiös-säkularer Grenzziehungen“. Denkströme 7: 9–27.

2010*  „Challenging Pentecostal Moralism: Erotic Geographies, Religion and Sexual Practices among Township Youth in Cape Town”. Culture, Health & Sexuality 13(6): 669–684.

2010* „Ironies of Subordination. Ambivalences of Gender in Religious AIDS Work in South Africa“. Oxford Development Studies 36(1): 62–82.

2010*  „’Life in Brackets’: Biographical Uncertainties of HIV-positive Women in South Africa“. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung 11.

2010*  „Besser leben ohne Männer? Taktische Religion, Geschlechterordnung und HIV/AIDS in Südafrika“. Peripherie 118/119: 211–236.

2010*  (with R. v. Dijk and H. Dilger) „The Redemptive Moment: HIV Treatments and the Production of New Religious Spaces“. African Journal of AIDS Research 9(4): 373–383.

2007    Speaking to the Converted? Religion and the Politics of Gender in South African AIDS Discourse. Comparativ. Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und Vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung 17(5/6): 95–114.

 

Edited Volumes

2017    (with Gal Kirn) Beyond Neoliberalism: Social Analysis after 1989. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

2015    (with Amy Patterson and Louise Mubanda Rasmussen) The Politics and Anti-Politics of Social Movements: Religion and AIDS in Africa. New York: Routledge.

2015    (with Monika Wohlrab-Sahr and Matthias Middell) Multiple Secularities beyond the West: Religion and Modernity in the Modern Age. New York und Berlin: de Gruyter.

2014    (with Ines Michalowski) After Integration. Islam, Conviviality and Contentious Politics in Europe. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

2014    (with Rijk van Dijk and Hansjörg Dilger) Religion and AIDS Treatment in Africa: Saving Souls, Prolonging Lives. Aldershot: Ashgate.

2013    (with José Casanova and Irene Becci) Topographies of Faith. Religion in Urban Spaces. Leiden and Boston: Brill.

 

Special Issues

2016    (with Irene Becci) "Religion and Superdiversity", New Diversities 18(1).

2016    (with AbdouMaliq Simone and Stefan Höhne) „The Infrastructures of Diversity: Materiality and Culture in Urban Space“. Special issue in New Diversities (2016/1).

2013    (with Monika Wohlrab-Sahr) „Multiple Secularities. Religion and Modernity in the Global Age“. Special issue in International Sociology 28(6).

2013    (with Amy Patterson and Louise Rasmussen) „The Politics and Anti-Politics of Social Movements“. Religion and AIDS in Africa. Special issue in Canadian Journal of African Studies 47(2).

2013    (with Eileen Moyer and Rijk van Dijk) „Counseling, Intimacy and Sexuality: Perspectives from Africa“. Special issue in Culture, Health and Sexuality 15 (supplement 4).

2010    (with Rijk van Dijk and Hansjörg Dilger) “Religion and HIV/AIDS Treatments in Africa”. Special issue in African Journal of AIDS Research 9(4).

 

Book Chapters

2017    (in print, with Mar Griera) “The Ban on Face Veils: Urban Exclusion and the Politics of Secular Affect”, in Monique Scheer, Nadia Fadil, and Birgitte Scheperlein Johansen (eds) Secular Bodies, Affects and Emotions: European Configurations, London: Bloomsbury.

2017    (in print, with Irene Becci and Mariachiara Giorda) “Religious Super-diversity and Urban Visibility in Barcelona and Turin”, in Helmuth Berking, Jochen Schwenk and Silke Steets (eds) Religious Pluralism and the City: Inquiries into Postsecular Urbanism. London: Bloomsbury.

2017    (in print, with Mar Griera) “The Ban on Face Veils: Urban Exclusion and the Politics of Secular Affect”, in Monique Scheer, Nadia Fadil and Birgitte Scheperlein Johansen (eds) Secular Bodies, Affects and Emotions: European Configurations, Palo Alto: Stanford Universiy Press.

2017    (in print, with Rafael Cazarin) “Learning How to Feel: Emotional Repertoires of Nigerian and Congolese Pastors in the Diaspora”, in Hansjörg Dilger, Matthew Salomon, Marian Burchardt and Astrid Bochow (eds) Affective Trajectories: Religion and Emotion in African Cityscapes, Durham: Duke University Press.

2017    “Citizenship beyond the State: Pentecostal Ethics and Aesthetics in South African Modernity“, in Barbara Bompani and Caroline Valois (eds), Christian Citizens and the Moral Regeneration of the African State, London and New York: Routledge, 163–176.

2017*  “Pentecostal Productions of Locality: Urban Risks and Spiritual Protection in Cape Town“, in: Anna Strhan and David Garbin (eds) Religion and the Global City. London: Bloomsbury, 78–94.

2017*  “Religion and Secularism in Neoliberal Capitalism”, in: Marian Burchardt and Gal Kirn (eds) Beyond Neoliberalism: Social Analysis after 1989. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 135–154.

2017    “Beyond Neoliberalism?”, in: Marian Burchardt and Gal Kirn (eds) Beyond Neoliberalism: Social Analysis after 1989. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 1–14.

2017    „Die Grenzen der Toleranz: Wie Christen die gleichgeschlechtliche Ehe bekämpfen”, in: K. Sammet, F. Benthaus-Apel and C. Gärtner (eds) Religion und Geschlechterordnungen. Wiesbaden: Springer, 133–152.

2017*  “Is Religious Indifference Bad for Secularism? Lessons from Canada“, in: J. Quack and C. Schuh (eds) Religious Indifference. New Perspectives from Studies on Secularization and Nonreligion. Dordrecht: Springer, 83–99.

2017    “Infrastrukturen des Religiösen: Materialität und urbane Ordnungsregime“, in: U. Karstein and T. Schmidt-Lux (eds) Architekturen und Artefakte. Zur materialen Seite des Religiösen. Wiesbaden: Springer, 233–249.

2016*  “Does Religion Need Rehabilitation? Charles Taylor and the Critique of Secularism“, in: F. Zemmin, C. Jager and G. Vanheeswijck (eds) Working with A Secular Age. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Charles Taylor’s Master Narrative. Boston and Berlin: De Gruyter, 137–158.

2016*  “’Public Religion’ or State Regulation? Religious Diversity in Post-Apartheid South Africa“, in: A. Dawson (ed.) The Politics and Practice of Religious Diversity. National Contexts, Global Issues. New York: Routledge, 187–204.

2016    (with Uta Karstein) Religion, in: R. Gugutzer G. Klein and M. Meuser (eds): Handbuch Körpersoziologie. Wiesbaden: Springer, 203–216.

2016*  „Gesundheitspolitik in Südafrika: Demokratisierung, Transnationalisierung und Klientelismus”, in: de la Fontaine, D., Müller, F., Hofmann, C., Leubolt, B. (eds) Das politische System Südafrikas. Wiesbaden: Springer, 429–448.

2014    (with Ines Michalowski) „After Integration. Islam, Conviviality and Contentious Politics in Europe – An Introduction“ (pp. 3–16) und „Islam in Europe: Cross-National Differences in Accommodation and Explanations“ (pp. 105–128), in: Marian Burchardt and Ines Michalowski (eds) After Integration: Islam, Conviviality and Contentious Politics in Europe. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

2014    „The Logic of Therapeutic Habitus: Culture, Religion and Biomedical AIDS Treatments in South Africa“, in Rijk van Dijk, Hansjörg Dilger, Marian Burchardt and Thera Rasing (eds) Religion and AIDS Treatment in Africa: Saving Souls, Prolonging Lives. Aldershot: Ashgate, 49–72.

2014    (with Rijk van Dijk and Hansjörg Dilger) „Religion and AIDS Treatment in Africa: The Redemptive Moment“, in Rijk van Dijk, Hansjörg Dilger, Marian Burchardt and Thera Rasing (eds) Religion and AIDS Treatment in Africa: Saving Souls, Prolonging Lives. Aldershot: Ashgate, 1–26.

2013    (with Monika Wohlrab-Sahr) „Über die kulturellen Bedeutungen religiös-säkularer Kontroversen in der Gegenwart“, in Gregor Buß and Markus Luber (eds) Neue Räume öffnen. Mission und Säkularisierungen weltweit. Regensburg: Verlag Friedrich Pustet, 33–55.

2013    “Access to the Social. The Ethics and Pragmatics of HIV/AIDS Support Groups in South Africa“, in Friederike Fleischer and Markus Schlecker (eds) Ethnographies of Social Support. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 59–80.

2013    (with Irene Becci) „Religion takes Place. Religious Productions of Urban Localities – An Introduction“, in Irene Becci, Marian Burchardt and José Casanova(eds) Topographies of Faith. Religion in Urban Spaces. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 1–24.

2013    „Belonging and Success. Religious Vitality and the Politics of Space in Cape Town“, in Irene Becci, Marian Burchardt & José Casanova (eds) Topographies in Faith. Religion in Urban Spaces. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 165–186.

2011    „Missionaries and Social Workers. Visions of Sexuality in Religious Discourse“, in Titus Hjelm (ed.) Religion and Social Problems. New York: Routledge, 142–158.

2010    „Policy-Soziologie und Policy-Religion. Sozialkapitalpolitik im Modernisierungsdiskurs in Südafrika“, in Hans-Georg Soeffner (ed.) Unsichere Zeiten. Herausforderungen gesellschaftlicher Transformationen. Verhandlungen des 34. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Jena 2008 (CD-ROM). Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag.

2009    „Subjects of Counselling: HIV/AIDS, Religion and the Management of Everyday Life in South Africa“, in P. Wenzel Geissler & Felicitas Becker (eds) AIDS and Religious Practice in Africa. Leiden: Brill, 333–358.

2008                Geständnis, in: C. Kammler, R. Parr und U.-J. Schneider (eds) Foucault-Handbuch. Leben – Werk – Wirkung. Stuttgart: J. B. Metzler. 258–260.

 

Reviews

2016    Lee, Lois. Recognizing the Non-religious. Reimagining the Secular. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Journal of Contemporary Religion 32(1): 153–154.

2014    Van Klinken, Adriaan S.: Transforming Masculinities in African Christianity. Gender Controversies in Times of AIDS. Farnham: Ashgate, 2013. Anthropos 109: 346–347.

2014    Freeman, Dana (ed.), Pentecostalism and Development: Churches, NGOs and social change in Africa. African Affairs 2014(113), 153–154.

2011    Karsten Lenz: Katholische Priester in der individualisierten Gesellschaft. Soziologische Revue. 34/4, 496–498.

2011    Hansjörg Dilger and Ute Luig (ed.): Morality, Hope and Grief. Anthropologies of AIDS in Africa. African Affairs 110(440), 504–506.

2007    Alexander Brand/Nicolaus von der Goltz (ed.): Herausforderung Entwicklung. Neuere Beiträge zur theoretischen und praxisorientierten Entwicklungsforschung (Rezension). Peripherie. Zeitschrift für Politik und Ökonomie in der Dritten Welt. Nr. 105/106. 27. Jg., 178–180.

2006    Hansjörg Dilger: Leben mit AIDS. Krankheit, Tod und soziale Beziehungen in Afrika (Rezension). Peripherie. Zeitschrift für Politik und Ökonomie in der Dritten Welt, Nr. 101/102, 26. Jg., 217–219.