Katrin Langewiesche

Katrin LangewiescheKatrin Langewiesche completed her doctorate at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in France. She is currently a member of the academic staff of the Department of Anthropology and African Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz in Germany. She works on topics relating to the anthropology of religion in West Africa: religious plurality in modern societies, conversion theories, Faith-based organizations, Catholic convents between Europe and Africa, and Islamic transnational networks.

One of her recent publications is the coordination of a special issue of Histoire, monde et cultures religieuses (2014) n° 30: La Mission au féminin dans un monde globalisé.

The research project for the African Studies Centre fellowship is an empirical study of Ahmadiyya Islam in three West African countries (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin) and two European countries (Germany, France). This project explores humanitarian engagement and mission in the context of the Ahmadiyya movement. During the fellowship in Leiden she would like to finish two articles related to this research.

Other recent Publications:

2015   Transnational monasteries. The economic performance of cloistered women. In: Social Compass, 2015, n°62 (2): 132-146.

2015   The Ethics of Wealth and Religious Pluralism in Burkina Faso: How Prosperity Gospel is influencing the current religious field in Africa. In: Andreas Heuser (ed.), Pastures of Plenty:  Tracing Religio-Scapes of Prosperity Gospel in Africa and Beyond. Peter Lang: 183-202.

2014   Aus Töchtern werden Schwestern. Afrikanische katholische Ordensfrauen in kolonialen und postkolonialen Zeiten. In: Rebekka Habermas, Richard Hölzl (eds.) Mission global. Eine Verflechtungsgeschichte seit dem 19.Jahrhundert. Köln, Böhlau Verlag : 297-326.

2013   Actrices du quotidien. Congrégations féminines en Haute Volta lors de l’indépendance. In: Goerg, Odile, Jean-Luc Martineau & Didier Nativel (eds.): Les Indépendances en Afrique. L'événement et ses mémoires 1957/1960-2010. RENNES: Presse Universitaires de Rennes : 117-133.

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Dr. K. (Katrin) Langewiesche
Former visiting fellow