Dr. Marian Burchardt, 2012-2017
Marian Burchardt is a Professor of Sociology at Leipzig University. As a cultural sociologist, he is interested in how power and institutions shape social life in culturally diverse societies in Africa and Europe. In particular, his research explores, from a transregional and comparative perspective, how nation-states and urban actors regulate cultural differences and public space, and how these regulations affect the practices, socialities, and subjectivities of ordinary citizens. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Leipzig University, and in 2015 he received the Heinz Maier Leibnitz Award from the German Science Foundation (DFG). Prior to coming to Leipzig, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Fellow Group “Governance of Cultural Diversity” and a lecturer in African Studies at Bayreuth University. He is the author of “Faith in the Time of AIDS: Religion, Biopolitics and Modernity in South Africa” (Palgrave, 2015) and “Regulating Difference: Religious Diversity and Nationhood in the Secular West” (Rutgers University Press, 2020).