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Alexander Henn

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography

Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Education

Habilitation, Ruprechts Karl University Heidelberg, Germany                Ph.D., Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

Bio

assistant professor anthropology Heidelberg University 1989-2000, adjunct professor anthropology Heidelberg University South Asia Institute 2000-2005, associate professor religious studies and global studies Arizona State University 2005-2009, professor religious studies Arizona State University 2009-present.

visiting professor at Delhi University and Goa University, fellowships and grants from German Research Council (DFG), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), University Grants Commission Delhi (UGC), German Volkswagen Foundation, Cluster of Excellence Heidelberg University ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context’, Kaete Hamburger Kolleg Bochum University 'Dynamics in the History of Religions Asia and Europe'.

Research Interests

cultural anthropology, religious studies, ethnography, history, India, Goa, Portugal, Europe, colonialism and post-colonialism, early modernity, Jesuits, cultural and religious encounter, syncretism, Hinduism and Catholicism, rituals, history and theory of cultural difference. 

Publications

Books

  • Alexander Henn. Hindu-Catholic Encounters in Goa. Religion, Colonialism and Modernity. University of Indiana Press (2014).
  • Alexander Henn and Klaus Peter Koepping (eds). Rituals In an Unstable World: Contingency, Hybridity, Embodiment. Peter Lang (2008).
  • Alexander Henn. Wachheit der Wesen. Politik, Ritual und Kunst der Akkulturation in Goa. LIT (2003).
  • Alexander Henn. Reisen in Vergangene Gegenwart. Geschichte und Geschichtlichkeit der Nicht-Europaer im 19.Jahrhundert. Reimer (1988).

Chapters and Articles

  • Kristapurana. Translating the Name of God in Early Modern Goa, in: South Asian Academic Journal 2015/12, special issue edited by Jacop Copeman and Veena Das http://samaj.revues.org/4038
  • Moving the World — Moving the Self: The Gaude Jagor in Goa in: Huesken, Ute and Axel Michaels (eds). South Asian Festivals on the Move, Wiesbaden 2013: Harassowitz, pp. 83-98
  • Jesuit Rhetorics: Translation and Conversion in Early-Modern Goa, in: The Constitutive Interplay Between Rhetoric and Culture, edited by Ivo Strecker, Christian Meyer, Felix Girke, Oxford / New York 2011: Berghahn, pp.210-24 
  • Pictorial Encounter. Iconoclasm and Syncretism at India’s Western Coast in: Transcultural Turbulences: Interdisciplinary Explorations of Flows of Images and Media, edited by Christiane Brosius and Roland Wenzlhuemer, Vienna 2011: Springer, pp.153-69
  • Ritual, Mimesis, and Emotion: A Post Colonial Case, in: Emotions in Rituals and Performances. South Asian and European Perspectives on Rituals and Performativity, edited by Christian Wulff and Axel Michaels, New Delhi 2011: Routledge, pp.444-452 
  • Ritual, History and Identity in Goa, in: World Christianity, vol. III, edited by Elizabeth Köpping, London 2010: Routledge  
  • Hindu Traditions in: Encyclopedia of Hinduism, vol. I, ed. Knut A. Jacobson, Leyden 2009: Brill, pp.249-254
  • Crossroads of Religions: Shrines, Mobility, and Urban Space in Goa, in: International Journal for Urban and Regional Research, 2008/ 32.3, pp.658–70 
  • Introduction. Beyond Norm, Text and Dialectics: Ritual as Social Praxis, in: Rituals in an Unstable World: Contingency – Embodiment - Hybridity, edited volume with Klaus-Peter Köpping, Frankfurt 2008: Peter Lang, pp.9-30
  • The Lord of Mapusa: Genesis of an Urban God in Goa, in: Purusartha 2006/25, pp. 31-47  
  • Between Meaning and Significance: Reflections on Ritual and Mimesis, in: Celebrating Transgression As Method and Politics in Anthropological Studies of Culture, edited by Ursula Rao and John Hutnyk, Frankfurt, Oxford, New York 2005: Peter Lang, pp. 145-52 (reprint in translation of Zwischen Gehalt und Gestalt, 2003)
  • Gods and Saints in Goa: Cultural Diversity and Local Religion, in: In the Company of Gods. In Memoriam Guenther-Dietz Sontheimer, edited by Aditya Malik, Anne Feldhaus, Heidrun Brueckner, Delhi: 2005: Manohar, pp. 83-104
  • Politics of Acculturation. The Dynamics of Hindu-Christian Ritual in Goa, in: The Dynamics of Changing Rituals, edited by Jens Kreinath, Anette Deschner, Constance Hartung, Frankfurt 2004: Peter Lang, pp. 155-66
  • Incorporando o divino: iconografia religiosa, espaço sociológico e história política em Goa, Embodying the Divine: Religious Iconography, Societal Space and Political History in Goa in: Oriente, Revista Quadrimestral da Fundação Oriente, 2003/15:26-33 (bi-lingual publication)
  • Zwischen Gehalt und Gestalt: Überlegungen zum Verhältnis von Ritual und Mimesis, in: Paragrana. Internationale Zeitschrift für historische Anthropologie 2003/12,1-2, pp.67-78 
  • Interpretatio, Exercicium, Mimesis - Ritual und Bedeutung in Goa, in: Im Rausch des Rituals. Gestaltung und Transformation der Wirklichkeit in köperlicher Performanz, edited by Klaus-Peter Köpping and Ursula Rao, Münster 2000: LIT-Verlag, pp.125-38
  • Anthropology and Temporality. A Criticism of Theory and Discourse in the History of Anthropological Writing. (1995).
  • Diffusion / Diffusionismus. Handbuch Religionswissenschaftlicher Grundbegriffe (1990).
  • Wie Tag und Nacht: Zur Metaphorik der Ungleichzeitigkeit im anthropologischen Diskurs des 19. Jahrhunderts. (1990).

Book Reviews

  • Vanita Seth. Europe’s Indians. Producing Racial Difference, 1500-1900, Durham 2010: Duke University Press, in Asian Studies Review 2012
  • Arun Saldanha. Psychedelic White. Goa Trance and the Viscosity of Race, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 2007, in Cultural Geographies, 2011/ 18.1: 134
  • Alf Hiltebeitel and Kathleen Erndl (eds.): Is the Goddess a Feminist? The Politics of South Asian Goddesses, New Delhi 2002: Oxford University Press, in: Sociological Bulletin 2003
  • John Burton. An Introduction to Evans-Pritchard, Fribourg 1992: University Press, in: Tribus 1994/43:179-180
  • Alf Lüdtke (ed.) Herrschaft als soziale Praxis: Historische und sozial-anthropologische Studien, Göttingen 1991: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, in: Man 1993/28: 189-190 

Films

Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 191First-Year Seminar
REL 350Hinduism
REL 599Thesis
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 350Hinduism
REL 502Research Mthds-Religious Study
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 101Religion, Cult & Public Life
REL 191First-Year Seminar
REL 350Hinduism
REL 792Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 350Hinduism
REL 502Research Mthds-Religious Study
REL 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 207Ritual, Symbol, and Myth
REL 598Special Topics
REL 792Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 350Hinduism
REL 493Honors Thesis
REL 502Research Mthds-Religious Study
REL 690Reading and Conference
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 207Ritual, Symbol, and Myth
REL 492Honors Directed Study
REL 592Research
REL 690Reading and Conference
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 347Religions of India
REL 502Research Mthds-Religious Study
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 307Approaches to Religion
REL 405Problems in Religious Studies
REL 598Special Topics
REL 792Research
Professional Associations
European Association of Social Anthropologists, member (2012 - Present)
Service
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Religious Studies
  • Personnel Committee SHPRS (since 2014)
  • South Asia Council, co-chair (since 2014)