Since January 2020 Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Religion.
Research focus: religion and society of Japan, religion and medicine, East Asian Buddhism.
2004-2005 Post-doctoral Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) London. 2007-2012 Associate Professor and Curator of the Museum of Religion in Marburg. 2012-2016 Professor for the Study of Religions, Göttingen. 2017 and 2018 Senior Fellow, Centre for Advanced Studies "Multiple Secularities" Leipzig.
2020 habilitation in the Study of Religions.
Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) since 2015.
My current research project “Japan's Translated Religion: Christianity, Transculturality and Translation Cultures in the 16./17. Century" is part of the nationwide, interdisciplinary priority programme "Early Modern Translation Cultures (1450-1800)", funded by the German Research Council. It contributes to the research of early modern translation cultures in a phase of lively transcultural exchanges between Europe and East Asia, here Japan. By taking a study-of-religions perspective my research project explores the dynamics of the exchange processes between Catholic missionaries and Buddhists in late medieval and early modern Japan with a view to the encounter between two different translation cultures. The overarching goal is to expand the field of current translation theories to non-European early modern approaches using case studies from Japan.
For more information on the Priority Programme, see www.spp2130.de.