Professorial Chair Prof. Dr. Johannes Quack

Foto: Paul Camill Meuth
Foto: Paul Camill Meuth

Our research focuses on thematically overlapping fields: religion (and its others), medicine (and therapeutic pluralism)knowledge (trans)formation, and ethics. Regionally we are mainly interested in South Asia, in particular India and Bangladesh (see the South Asia Forum), and Switzerland and Europe. Europe and South Asia are investigated against the background of their colonial and post-colonial interdependences. We are also concerned with asymmetrical research structures, anthropological team research and with the combination of biographic and ethnographic approaches.

Current Research Projects:

Narratives and Ontologies of Faith-Based Aid Workers (Swiss National Science Foundation)

Completed Research Projects:

The Diversity of Nonreligion (Emmy Noether Project, German Research Foundation)
Dynamics of Well-Being (Swiss Joint Research Program in the Social Sciences)
Researching Secular and Religious Identities in Tandem (State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation)



Prof. Dr. Johannes Quack (India & Europe, Religion, Medicine, Knowledge)

Senior Research and Teaching Assistant

Dr. Sandra Bärnreuther  (Anthropology of Science and Medicine, Political Economy of Reproductive Medicine, Anthropology of the Body and Biological Substances, History and Anthropology) 

Research and Teaching Assistants

M.A. Anne Breubeck (Thirunangais, Hijras, Tamil Nadu, South India, Switzerland, Community, Narrative, (trans)gender, Queer Studies)
Dr. Clémence Jullien
M.A. Dominik Müller
Dr. Emanuel Schaeublin
M.A. Mascha Schulz (Economic and political anthropology, gender, social transformation processes, anthropology of religion, South Asia, Bangladesh)

Institutional Links

We maintain extensive contacts and different forms of cooperation with the following institutions:

  • Exzellenscluster ‘Asia and Europe’, University of Heidelberg
  • USPF ‘Asia and Europe’, UZH
  • Asia-Orient Institute, UZH
  • South Asia Institute Heidelberg
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi
  • TISS Mumbai
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Department of Anthropology, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
  • Institute for Anthropology, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Museum Rietberg
  • Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal
  • Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal
  • TISS Guhati
  • Jahangirnagar University, Savar (Bangladesh)