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Judith Bachmann

Research and Teaching Fellow

Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology

Faculty of Theology, Universität Heidelberg

Postal address: 

Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology
Theologisches Seminar, University of Heidelberg
Kisselgasse 1, 69117 Heidelberg/ Germany

E-Mail: judith.bachmann@ts.uni-heidelberg.de

Web: http://theologie.uni-hd.de/rm

Academic Career

  • Born 1987 in Heidelberg
  • 2007-2014 Study of Theology at the University of Heidelberg, at the University of Leipzig and the University of Gloucestershire (UK)
  • Since 2014 Research on “Witchcraft Concepts among Christians and Muslims in Ibadan, Nigeria”
  • 2014-2017 Field Research in Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Since 2017 Research and Teaching Fellow at the Department of Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology, University of Heidelberg




Lectures/ Conference Papers:

  • God's Police, God's Opponents and the Question of God's Power: Witchcraft and Religious Identities in Southwestern Nigeria. Paper submitted to the 4th workshop of the Madina project "Studying Modalities of Co-Existence in Madina and Beyond" at the University of Utrecht (6 April, 2018).
  • The Better "Born-Again": Identity Politics between Evangelicals and Pentecostals in Nigeria. Paper submitted to the 10th GloPent Conference "The Future of Pentecostalism" in Amsterdam (9-10 February, 2018).
  • Witchcraft between Christians and Muslims in a Township in Ibadan, Nigeria. Paper submitted to the 4th ASAI Conference "Africa in Fermento. Conflitti, Modernità, Religioni" in Catania (22-24 September, 2016).
  • Shape-shifting of Witchcraft, Islam and Pentecostalism. Paper submitted to the 9th GloPent Conference "Pentecostalism and Its Encounters with Other Religions" in Uppsala (10/11 June, 2016).
  • Religious Change, Conversion Narratives and the Shape-Shifting of Witchcraft. Paper submitted to the 1st ASSOSER Conference "Religion and Change" in Ibadan (15-17 May, 2016).
  • Witchcraft Concepts in West-African Pentecostal Literature. Paper submitted to the 8th GloPent Conference "Pentecostalism and Development" in London (5/6 September, 2014).


Research Foci:

  • Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism
  • Christianity, Islam and Traditional Religion in Africa
  • Reformislam in Africa
  • Religion and Politics in Nigeria
  • Global Perspectives on the History of Religion
  • Theory and Epistemology of Religious Studies

Courses Taught:

Witchcraft, Magic and Traditional Healing Practices in Africa (Winter 2017/18)

Pentecostalism as global phenomenon (Summer 2018)

Theologies in Africa (Winter 2018/19)

Islam in Western Africa - local identity politics, global entanglements (Summer 2019)