Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and The Ethnographic Collection

Paul Christensen, M.A.

Paul Christensen is a PhD student and lecturer at our institute with a focus on the anthropology of religion in Southeast Asia. Paul studied cultural studies and religious studies at the University of Bremen and did fieldwork in Indonesia before he wrote his thesis on trance dances in Yogyakarta. For his dissertation, he received a scholarship from the German Research Foundation and conducted fieldwork in Cambodia. His PhD project 'Spirits and spiritmediums in Cambodia - Practice, Power, and Politics' is supervised by Prof. Andrea Lauser. Currently, Paul teaches bachelor level classes of social science. Beside his focus on the anthropology of religion, his areas of interest range from science and technology studies (in particular actor-network theory), concepts of self to ontological questions.




Research Assistant for the interdisciplinary programme Social Science (B.A.). Doctoral scholarship granted by Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation),
associated with BMBF Network "Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia" (DORISEA)

Ph.D. project:
Working title: "Spirits in Cambodia - Practice, Power and Politics" (Abstract)