Curriculum Vitae

Peter J. Bräunlein is senior researcher at the Deptm. of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Göttingen. He is working on the research project "spirits and modernity" in the Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia network (DORISEA).

Since November 2011 he is Extracurricular Professor of the study of religion at the University of Bremen.

Having studied at the Universities of Erlangen and Freiburg and having worked at the German National Museum in Nürnberg, he holds a Master and a Doctoral degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Freiburg as well as a habilitation in the study of religion from the University of Bremen. He has done extensive fieldwork on indigenous cosmologies and Catholicism in the Philippines, and on the representation of religion in German museums.

Areas of Interest and Research Focus
Southeast Asia, Europe; Christianity in anthropological and historical perspectives; religious history of the 1960s; anthropological theory and methods and the comparative study of religion; material religion; museology; visual representation of religion (incl. museum and mass media); rituals and ritual theories; film and media studies; ghosts, spirits and the uncertainties of modernity.


  • Habilitation, Study of Religion, 2003, received from the University of Bremen. Topic: Pasyon – Religionswissenschaftliche und ethnologische Untersuchungen zu Flagellation und Selbstkreuzigung auf den Philippinen und im Abendland
    [Pasyon – Flagellation and Self-Crucifixion in the Philippines and Europe. Anthropological and religionist approaches]
  • Doctoral degree, Cultural Anthropology, 1992, received from the University of Freiburg. Topic: Zur Ethnographie der Alangan-Mangyan auf Mindoro, Philippinen
    [An ethnographic study of the Alangan-Mangyan of Mindoro, Philippines, co-author: Andrea Lauser]
  • Master of Arts, Cultural Anthropology, 1984, received from the University of Freiburg. Topic: Das "Traum-Leben" der Senoi (Malaysia). Inspirative Erfahrung und gemein-schaftsprägende Kraft.
    [Dreams and dreaming of the Senoi (Malaysia): effects on social life and cosmology.]

  • Academic Positions
  • 2006-2010, Visiting Professorships (cultural anthropology, study of religion) at the Universities of Munich, Freiburg, Bremen, Heidelberg.
  • 2000-2006, Associate Professor(C2) and Curator of the Marburg Museum of Religions, University of Marburg, Study of Religion Department.

  • Grants and fellowships
  • Visiting research affiliate at the Asia Research Institute (ARI) in Singapore, March - May 2012
  • Guest researcher at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS); Copenhagen, October - December 2011
  • Visiting fellowship, International Research Center for Cultural Studies (IFK), Vienna, October 2005 – January 2006
  • Master Class-fellowship, with Clifford Geertz and Thomas Luckmann, University of Konstanz, September 2000
  • 1996-1998, Graduate fellowship, German Research Society (DFG), Fieldwork in the Philippines, Passion rituals (Bulacan)
  • 1986-1988, Graduate fellowship, German Exchange Service (DAAD), Fieldwork in the Philippines (Alangan-Mangyan, Mindoro)

  • Membership of Academic Associations
  • American Academy of Religions (AAR)
  • Deutsche Vereinigung für Religionswissenschaft (DVR) (= German Association for the Study of Religion)
  • European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)
  • European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EUROSEAS)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde (DGV) (= German Association of Cultural Anthropology)