EIJIRO HAZAMA specializes in South Asian intellectual history and historical anthropology, particularly the contemporary “post-enlightenment” issues revolving around nationalism, secularism, and the epistemological modernization in India.
ARNDT EMMERICH is a Research Fellow in the Department of Religious Diversity. As part of his new project, he will analyse the role of local mosque activism during the German refugee crisis through a comparative neighbourhood perspective.
YANG SHEN is a cultural anthropologist focusing on religion and secularism. Her work examines how humans become the ways they are at the intersection of political history, religious institutions, and cultural traditions.
FILIPPO OSELLA is Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies at the University of Sussex (UK). Since3 1989 he has conducted research in Kerala (India), Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and in a number countries in the Gulf. His recent books include Islam, Politics and Anthropology (with B. Soares, 2010), Islamic Reforms in South Asia (with C. Osella, 2012), Religion and the Morality of the Market (with D. Rudnyckyj, 2017). Last year he has co-edited (with S. Ramaswamy) a special issue of Modern Asian Studies on “Charity and Philanthropy in South Asia” (2018). His current research focuses on trading networks between China, India and West Asia, and he has recently begun research on a two years, ESRC-funded project on artisanal fishers’ attitudes towards risk in Kerala (India).