Prof. Dr. Christoph Bochinger

Professor for the Study of Religion

room: 1.12 (GW II)
phone: +49 (0)921 5541-55
fax: +49 (0)921 558441-56

postal address:
Lehrstuhl für Religionswissenschaft
Universität Bayreuth/ GW II
95440 Bayreuth

speaking hour: please look after the list at the door of the secretary or call or write an email


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List of Publications 


Research Intererests

  • Systematic and comparative study of religions
  • Qualitative empirical research methods, research in religiosity
  • European history of religions in the modern age.
  • Religious institutions
  • Alternative spiritualities in Europe
  • Religious minorities, especially Islamic communities in Germany and Switzerland


Curriculum Vitae

Since 2003 Professor for the study of religions with special consideration of contemporary religions.

2002-2003 Visiting Professor for the study of religions at Zürich University

1997-2003 Professor for religious socialization and adult education at the University of Bayreuth.

1996 Habilitation at LMU Munich. Thesis: “Adventure Islam – on the perception of foreign religion by the Halle Pietism in the 18th century”.

1994 Grant for Habilitation of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Germany

1993 PhD at LMU Munich. Thesis: "’New Age’ – a phenomenon of religious contemporary history. Approaches, analyses and interpretations".

1987-1997 Assistant at the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy at LMU Munich

1986 Master in divinity at LMU Munich.

1979-1986 Student of protestant theology and religious studies at LMU Munich.

Born 1959 in Ludwigsburg.



... at Bayreuth University

since 2013 Member of the Hochschulrat der Universität Bayreuth

2009-2013 Member of the Senate of Bayreuth University, Feb-Sept. 2013 as Deputy Chairman

2007-2009 and 2012-2013 Vice Dean of the Faculty of Cultural Studies

since 1998 Head of the Institute for the Study of Religion in Contemporary Culture (IrG)

... beyond Bayreuth University

Co-Director of the XXI. World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) 2015 in Erfurt, Germany

since 2009 Chairman of German Association for the Study of Religions (DVRW), 2001-2009 Board Member of DVRW, since 2005 Deputy Chairman

2006-2012 President of the steering committee of the National Research Programme 58 of the Swiss National Science Foundation

2005-2007 Member of the Management Committee of the Forward Look on Religion and Belief Systems of the European Science Foundation

2004-2008 Review Board Member for the Study of Religion of the Review Board 106 of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation)

2002-2005 Chairman of the Section for Religions- und Missionswissenschaft (Study of Religion and Mission) of Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Theologie (Scientific Association for Theology)

2000-2003 Member of the Advisory Committee for Prevention in the area of So genannte Sekten und Psychogruppen (so called Sects and Psycho-Groups) of the Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend (Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth)

... as editor

Since 2005 Editor of the Publication Series Religionswissenschaft heute (Study of Religion today) at Kohlhammer Publishers (together with Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke, Erfurt)

Since 2010 Member of the Editorial Board of Ilahiyat Studies. A Journal on Islamic and Religious Studies, Bursa, Turkey.

2006-2010 Co-Editor of the Journal Verkündigung und Forschung (Annunciation and Research) of Gesellschaft für Evangelische Theologie (Association for Protestant Theology)



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