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Dr. 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

Vita

    • Since 2017 Research and Teaching Fellow at the Department of Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Heidelberg
    • 2020 Doctoral dissertation in Religious Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, University Heidelberg
    • 2014-2017 Field Research in Ibadan, Nigeria
    • 2007-2014 Study of Theology at the University of Heidelberg, at the University of Leipzig and the University of Gloucestershire (UK)
    • Born 1987 in Heidelberg

    Publications

    Upcoming:

    • African Witchcraft and Religion Among the Yoruba. Translation as Demarcation Practice within a Global Religious History. In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion (2021).

    Books:

    Articles (Peer-Reviewed):

    Articles (without Peer Review): 

    • Engaging Wariboko's Concept of Altersovereignty: Pentecostal Friendship and Accusations of Magic within Nigerian Christianity. In: Falola, Toyin (ed.): The Philosophy of Nimi Wariboko: Social Ethics, Economy, Society and Religion. Durham, NC 2020, pp. 257–272.
    • Religious Change, Conversion Narratives and the Shape-Shifting of Islam and Traditional Religion in Ibadan. In: Journal of the African Society for the Study of Sociology and Ethics of Religions 3&4 (2018), S. 29–51.

    Reviews

    Lectures/ Conference Papers:

    • The femininity of àjé: witchcraft suspicion and the agency of women in Nigeria (originally held in German). Lecture in the lecture series "Gender and queer studies as epistemological challenge for the study of religion" organized by the Institute for mission, ecumenical and religious studies Hamburg in cooperation with the office for equal opportunities in the Department of Theology of the University of Hamburg and the Department of Religious Studies of the University of Heidelberg (28 April, 2021).
    • Why there is no African Witchcraft History (originally held in German). Paper submitted to the AKIH Frühjahrstagung "Interdisziplinäre Ansätze in der Hexenforschung: Neue Forschungen und Projekte" in Stuttgart (20-22 February, 2020).
    • Pentecostalism and Witchcraft in Africa: African Continuity Re-Visited. Paper submitted the 11th GloPent Conference "Pentecostal Strategies of Public Engagement" in Basel (14-15 February, 2020).
    • Witchcraft and Religious Identities in Southwestern Nigeria. Paper submitted to the DVRW Conference (IAHR Special) "Konzeptualisierungen von Religion" in Hannover (3-6 September, 2019).
    • Witchcraft in the Global History of Religion using the example of Southwestern Nigeria (originally held in German). Paper submitted to the DVRW Conference (IAHR Special) "Konzeptualisierungen von Religion" in Hannover (3-6 September, 2019).
    • 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).

    Memberships:

    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)

    Africa - Gender - Religion (Winter 2019/20)

    Theology of the Pentecostal movement in Africa (Winter 2020/21)

    Witchcraft in Africa - global entanglements and local positions among the Yoruba (Summer 2021)