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Dr. Alexandra Grieser

Assistant Professor (Religions and Theology)

 


Alexandra Grieser is trained in the Academic Study of Religion, Rhetoric and German Literature at the University of Tuebingen and the LMU Munich. Her research interest in Methods and Theories of Religion is reflected in her PhD thesis (LMU Munich), developing a concept of "changing plausibility patterns in modern religion" (Transformations of Immortality, 2008). It addresses the question how we can study fluent and pluralist modes of religiosity. At the University of Bremen, she coordinated an innovative dictionary project. For seven years, she held a lecturer position at the Interfaculty Programme Study of Religion at the LMU Munich. She coordinated the restructuring of the curriculum in the course of the Bologna process. She also started a collaboration on the development of the newly emerging approach "Aesthetics of Religion". At the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, she conducted research on religious aesthetics in popular science media. Today, she contributes to the programme "World Religions and Theology", representing the Cultural Study of Religion. She published the first volume on the Aesthetics of Religion in English ("Aesthetics of Religion: A Connective Concept", 2017). Her reserach focuses on Religion and Media, Religious pluralism in Europe and how "New Universalims" develop in the increasingly plural world.
  Aesthetics of Religion   Cultural history of religion   History of Science, Science and Religion   Religion & Literature   Religion and Theory   Religion in the Public Sphere   Religion, Modernity and Identity   Religious Pluralism
 Aesthetics of Knowledge - framing Concepts for an Aesthetics of Religion approach

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President of the Irish Society for the Acadmic Study of Religion 2018
Founding Member, Chair (-2015), Internationalization Officer of the Working Group "Aesthetics of Religion", German Association for the Study of Religion (DVRW) 2007-
Invited Reviewer for Research Project University Basel: "Dance as Medium of Traditionalising Religion in an inter-cultural Field: investigating the Alevitic Semah Dance in an aesthetics-of-religion perspective; Project Application 100015_165872 -Swiss National Fund. 2016
external examiner: PhD candidate Maren Sziede, University of Fribourg, Switzerland 2016-2019
Advisory Board Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religion since 2014
Organisation of the Annual Conference of ISASR ("People, Places, Projects: The Study of Religion in Ireland") May 2015
Delegate of the ISASR at the Annual Conference in Groningen, The Netherlands 2014
Board member of the Journal for Religion in Austria since 2013
Chair of the newly set up panel "Cultural Studies" in the "Undergraduate Awards" international Essay Competition. 2015
Referee for Journal of Religion in Europe, Brill 2011-
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European Association for the Study of Religion (EASR) 2000
Irish Association for the Study of Religion (ISAR) 2014
German Association for the Study of Religion (DVRW) 2000
International Association for the History of Religion (IAHR) 2000
Co-Founder and Speaker of AKAEST, Working Group "Aesthetics of Religion", DVRW 2007 2015
Member of AESToR.net, research network on Aesthetics of Religion, DFG-funded (German Research Foundation) 2015
Aesthetics of Knowledge in, Anne Koch and Katharina Wilkens , The Bloomsbury Handbook of the Cultural and Cognitive Aesthetics of Religion , London, Bloomsbury, 2019, pp111 - 222, [Alexandra Grieser], Notes: [with Arianna Borrelli (Techn. University of Berlin)], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Alexandra Grieser and Jay Johnston (eds), Aesthetics of Religion: A Connective Concept, Berlin and Boston, de Gruyter, 2017, 490pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Religion und Literatur in populaeren Medien: Diversifizierung und Pluralisierung vom fruehen 19. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart in, editor(s)Faber, Richard and Renger, Almut-Barbara , Religion und Literatur. Konvergenzen und Divergenzen, Wuerzburg, Koenigshausen und Neumann, 2017, pp300 - 305, [Alexandra Grieser], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Introduction: What is an Aesthetics of Religion? From the Senses to Meaning - and back again in, Grieser, Alexandra, and Jay Johnston , Aesthetics of Religion: A Connective Concept, Berlin and Boston, de Gruyter, 2017, pp1 - 49, [Grieser, Alexandra, and Jay Johnston], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Blue Brains: Knowledge Formation and Aesthetic Ideologies between Religion and Science in, Grieser, Alexandra and Jay Johnston , Aesthetics of Religion: A Connective Concept, Berlin and Boston, de Gruyter, 2017, pp237 - 270, [Alexandra Grieser], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
The "Beauty Fallacy": Religion, science and the aesthetics of knowledge, Special Issue Approaching Religion, 7, 2, (2017), 72p, Alexandra Grieser; Arianna Borelli, [eds.], Notes: [https://journal.fi/ar/issue/view/4729], Journal, PUBLISHED
Alexandra Grieser and Arianna Borelli, Recent research on the aesthetics of knowledge in science and in religion, Approaching Religion Special Issue The "Beauty Fallacy": Religion, science and the aesthetics of knowledge, 7, (2), 2017, p4 - 21, Notes: [https://journal.fi/ar/article/view/67710], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Alexandra Grieser/ Anne Koch, Annual Conference EASR: Religion and Communication, 17-21 Sept 2017, In:Panel "Aesthetic Communication: Methods for the Study of Religion", 2017, Catholic University of Leuven, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PRESENTED
Alexandra Grieser, Das Politische des Sinnlichen: zur Analyse von "aesthetischen Ideologien", Conference DVRW: "Medien, Materialitaet, Methoden", Marburg, Germany, 13-16 Sept. 2017, 2017, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Alexandra Grieser, Teaching "Approaches to the Study of Religion" in a Secularising Context, Annual Conference EASR: Religion and Communication, Catholic University of Leuven, 17-21 Sept 2017, 2017, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
  

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Alexandra Grieser, Unsterblichkeit 4.0 - wie Robotik und virtuelle Realitaet die Perspektiven auf den Menschen veraendern, Special Issue Spiritualität und Körper. Das Jahresheft Palliative Care/demenz/Praxis Pflegen, 10 (year volume), 2018, p70 - 73, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Alexandra Grieser, What is an Aesthetics of Religion - Introduction to a new approach in the Cultural Study of Religion, Catholic University Lisbon, 25 May, 2017, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Alexandra Grieser, Conference of the German Association for the Study of Religion, 13-16 Sept. 2017, In:Double panel "Aesthetics of Religion: Methods and Didactics", 2017, University of Marburg, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PRESENTED
Alexandra Grieser, Workshop AESToR.NET Research Network, 11-12 Nov 2016, In: "Key concepts of a Handbook on the Aesthetics of Religion", 2016, University of NurembergErlangen, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Alexandra Grieser, Annual Conference EASR, July 2016, In:Pre-arranged international panel: "Thinking Pluralism: Models for Relational Histories of Religion", 2016, University of Helsinki, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Alexandra Grieser, AESToR.net Research Network Conference, June 2016, In:Discussion Panel "Aesthetics and Narrative Cultures", 2016, University of Oslo, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Alexandra Grieser, Welche Farbe hat das Universum? Ästhetisierung und die affektive Akzeptanz von Wissenschaft als Weltanschauung, Atmosphären und Stimmungen - zur Hintergrundaffektivität des Sozialen, Friedrich-Alexander-University Nueremberg-Erlangen, 11-12 Feb, 2015, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Alexandra Grieser, Comparing what, and how!?: Analysing Religious Change from an Aesthetic Point of View., World Congress IAHR, Unmiversity of Erfurt, 23-16 Aug, 2015, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Alexandra Grieser, Conference ISASR, TCD: People, Places, Projects: the Study of Religion in Ireland, , May 2015, 2015, Trinity College Dublin, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Alexandra Grieser, World Congress IAHR, August 2015, In:Round Table "Integrating the Material, Bodily, and Sensual into the Study of Religion", 2015, University of Erfurt, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED

  

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Scholarship Deutsche Forschunggemeinschaft: post-graduate research programme "The concept of experience in European religion and religious theory and its influence on the self-conception of non-European religions", LMU 1999-2002
Conference Funding, Royal Dutch Academy of the Sciences March 2013
My main areas of research are: Methods and Theories in the Academic Study of Religion; the History of the Study of Religion (including its colonial, ideological and institutional aspects); European religious pluralism (including secularist world views); the history of knowledge, and the interaction between religion and other societal sub-systems such as politics, art, literature and science. Historically, I am concerned with the processes leading to "multiple modernities" in Europe, from the Enlightenment period to early Romanticism; "Religion around 1800 until today". A special focus of my work lies in Religion and Media, Materiality, Body and the Senses and - more systematically - in the newly emerging approach of an "Aesthetics of Religion." I have developed and established this approach over the last decade in collaboration with a European research network. The approach is concerned with religion as a sensory practice (aisthesis) that cultivates and governs the body and the senses and creates religious ways of "world perception" rather than being limited to beliefs and convictions. The approach helps to better understand how religions come to influence wider cultures and meaning making, often in conflicting ways. I am a founding member of a working group on the topic (AKRelAest, German Association for the Study of Religoin); and a member of a research network (ASToR.net), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). My last project dealt with the de-differentiation between religion and science through the popular use of scientific imagery; my recent and future work is concerned with a comparative approach to "New Universalisms - global aesthetics", and with the conditions under which knowledge is produced, circulated, authorised and threatened in both religious and secular spheres.