Johannes Quack

Johannes Quack, Prof. Dr.


Phone: +41 44 635 22 42

Room number: AND 5.02

Research interests

Religion, (post-)secularity and non-religion; Medicine, therapeutic pluralism, (mental) health/disease; Knowledge, history of knowledge, history of anthropology and religious studies; Biography & Ethnography and Team Research; Practice- and ritual theory.

Research area

South Asia, in particular North India; Europe, especially Germany and Switzerland

Short bio

Johannes Quack is an assistant professor (tenure track) of Social Anthropology. He studied religious studies, social anthropology and philosophy at the universities in Bayreuth, Edinburgh and Heidelberg (receiving his PhD in 2009).

Quack’s main publications include Disenchanting India: Organized Rationalism and Criticism of Religion in India (OUP, New York 2012), The Problem of Ritual Efficacy (OUP, New York 2010), Religion und Kritik in der Moderne (LIT, Münster 2012), Asymmetrical Conversations: Contestations, Circumventions and the Blurring of Therapeutic Boundaries (Berghahn, New York 2014) und <Religious Indifference>: New Perspectives From Studies on Secularization and Non-religion (Springer, Berlin 2017).

Quack is the speaker for the research field Entangled Histories of the ‘University Research Priority Program’ (URPP) Asia and Europe at the University of Zurich, a member of the Centre for the History of Knowledge (Zentrum Geschichte des Wissens), the founder of the South Asia Forum (SAF), co-publisher of the book series Religion and Its Others: Studies in Religion, Non-religion, and Secularity (De Gruyter), and co-director of the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (NSRN).

Furthermore, Quack was a member of the Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe’ at the University of Heidelberg, research fellow at McGill University, Montreal, the director of the Emmy Noether project ‘The Diversity of Nonreligion’ at the University of Frankfurt, a research Fellow at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study (JNIAS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), a guest faculty member at the Charles University in Prague, a visiting fellow at the Max Weber College in Erfurt, a member of the Indian-European Research Networking Program in the Social Sciences ‘Advances in Research on Globally Accessible Medicine’ (AROGYAM), and a visiting professor at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems (CSSS) at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

Current and completed research projects are listed here.

Open Office Hours

During the semester: Tuesday 10-12 am, registration by email (if possible). During the semester breaks: by appointment.