PD Dr. Thomas Schmitt, 2010-2012
Thomas Schmitt is now Institute of Geography, University of Erlangen.
Thomas M. Schmitt was on the scientific staff of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and was working on the interdisciplinary research project on "Diversity and Contact" ("Divcon").
He obtained his PhD from the Technische Universität München in 2002. His doctoral thesis, about mosque conflicts in Germany, focused on different fundamental aspects of conflicts surrounding religious symbols in the public space, including aspects from socio-geographical and political-geographical perspectives as well as from perspectives within the theory of conflict and the study of religion. After professional posts in NGO work (Future Workshop Saar, focusing on sustainability) and in the cultural studies collaborative research cluster 560, "Local Action in Africa within the Context of Global Influences", at the University of Bayreuth, he completed his habilitation in the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn in December 2009. The habilitation bears the title "Cultural Governance. On the Cultural Geography of the UNESCO World Heritage Regime".
- Diversity and contact (‘DivCon’) (completed)