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Johanna Weirich

Research an Teaching Fellow

Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology

Faculty of Theology, University of Heidelberg

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

E-Mail: johanna.weirich@ts.uni-heidelberg.de

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


Academic Career

  •  Born 1988 in Heidelberg.
  • 2007-2014 Study of Theology at the University of Heidelberg and at the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Madurai, India.
  • Since 2015 Research on Dalit Christians in India.
  • 2015-2018 Doctoral Scholarship from Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes e.V.
  • 2016-2017 Field Research in Nagercoil, India.
  • Since 2018 Research and Teaching Fellow at the Department of Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology, University of Heidelberg.



  • Drover, Lauren: Überlegungen zum Missionsbegriff anhand von Beispielen aus Christentum, Islam und Buddhismus. Würzburg: Ergon 2016.


 Lectures/Conference Papers

  •  Christian and Hindu Dalit identities – crossing or establishing religious borders? Paper submitted to the 16th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) in Bern (17-21 June 2018).
  • Salvation Army and the Pentecostal challenge. Negotiating Caste, Church and Spirituality in India. Paper submitted to the 10th GloPent Conference "The Future of Pentecostalism" in Amsterdam (9-10 February, 2018).

Research Foci

  •  Christianity in South India
  •  The Salvation Army in India and worldwide
  • Political and religious Dalit Movements in India
  • Dalit Theology
  • Global Perspectives on the History of Religion
  • Theory and Epistemology of Religious Studies


Courses Taught

  •  Christianity in South India (Winter 2018/19)