Jun.-Prof. Dr. Mariam Goshadze

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Mariam Goshadze

Junior Professor

Religionsgeschichte (JP)
Schillerstraße 6, Room M 202A
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97 - 37166


Mariam Goshadze joined the Institute for the Study of Religion at Leipzig University in 2023 as a Junior Professor. Prior to her appointment, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Bayreuth and a Senior Research Fellow at the research group Multiple Secularities - beyond the West, beyond Modernities. Mariam received her PhD from the Committee on the Study of Religions at Harvard University. She holds two MA degrees, one in the Study of Religion from the University of Missouri - Columbia (2012), and one in Nationalism Studies from the Central European University (2008). 

Her research interests include traditional religions of Africa, evangelical and charismatic Christianity (Africa), secularism and secularity, culturalization of religion, material religion, and religion and the senses (with a focus on sound and silence).

Professional career

  • since 03/2023
    Junior Professor in the Study of Religion, Institute for the Study of Religion, Leipzig University
  • 10/2021 - 02/2023
    Postdoctoral Researcher (100%), Department for the Study of Religion, University of Bayreuth
  • 01/2021 - 09/2021
    Visiting Research Fellow, DFG Humanities Center "Multiple Secularities - Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities", Leipzig University
  • 09/2020 - 12/2020
    Visiting Fellow, Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard University
  • 10/2020 - 02/2021
    Visiting Lecturer, Department for the Study of Religion, Ilia State University
  • 09/2019 - 03/2020
    Visiting Researcher and Member of 'Religious Matters' Project, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Utrecht University
  • 10/2018 - 05/2019
    Visiting PhD Fellow, Sociology and Social Anthropology Department, Central European University
  • 03/2013 - 06/2013
    Visiting Lecturer, Ilia State Unviersity


  • 09/2013 - 05/2020
    PhD in Religious Studies at Harvard University
  • 09/2010 - 12/2012
    MA in Religious Studies at the University of Missouri - Columbia
  • 09/2007 - 06/2008
    MA in Nationalism Studies at the Central European Unviersity
  • 09/2003 - 05/2007
    BA in History at the American University in Bulgaria

more publications

  • Workshop
    (Im)Materiality of the Secular City: Trials and Tribulations
    Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe); FOR 2344: Kolleg-Forschergruppe - Multiple Secularities - beyond the West, beyond Modernities
    Event Organiser: Goshadze, Mariam; Schmidt-Lux, Thomas
    23/06/2022 – 24/06/2022
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Goshadze offers BA and MA courses in African and Black Atlantic religions, general and regionally specific introductory courses in the study of religion, as well as courses in the anthropology of religion and material religion. These may cover a range of topics dealing with religious phenomena in Africa, such as introduction to traditional religions of Africa and critical approaches in the study of African religions, the latter chronicling the history of the study of African religions in the 19th and 20th centuries; history of Christianity in Africa, and assessment of the public presence of Pentecostal/Charismatic movements on the continent; conflict and religion in Africa; religion and imperialism. There are also courses that focus on methodological approaches, such as anthropology of religion or material religion, and those that explore specific material and sensory dimensions of religion, such as objects, body and healing, sound and listening, parties and feasting, among others.