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Prof. Dr. Ulrike Schröder

Religious Studies and Interreligious Dialogue

Ulrike Schröder
Tel.: 05052 48101-35

Academic and professional carreer

Year of Birth: 1978

Education: 1998-2005 Theology and Religious Studies, Humboldt-University Berlin and Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Exam 2005 (Master level)

PhD (Dr. theol.) in 2009 in Religious Studies, Title of the Thesis: “Religion, Kaste und Ritual: Tamilischer Hinduismus und christliche Mission in Südindien im 19. Jahrhundert, am Beispiel des Missionars Robert Caldwell” / “Religion, Caste and Ritual: Tamil Hinduism and Christian Mission in Nineteenth-Century South India: The example of Robert Caldwell” (published in German in 2009)

Academic Positions

2005-2013  Research Fellow at the Collaborative Research Center 619 „Ritual Dynamics: Socio-Cultural Processes from a Historical and Culturally Comparative Perspective“ (University of Heidelberg), Subproject A6: "The Discourse on Non-Brahman Rituals and their Transformation in the South Indian Religious History Since the 18th Century"

Since 2014 Professor for Religious Studies and Interreligious Dialogue at the University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology (FIT), Hermannsburg

Research Fields and Interests

  • Current Research Project: Saivite Religious Movements in South African Religious History
  • History of Religions in Europe, South Africa and South Asia
  • History of Christianity in Asia
  • History of Christian Missions
  • Hinduism /Saiva Siddhanta and transnational Neo-Hinduism
  • South India /Tamil Nadu /Tirunelveli
  • South Africa /Durban
  • Theory and Method in Religious Studies


Field and Archival Research

South Africa, India and Great Britain


Professional Affiliations and Academic Memberships

  • DVRW (Deutsche Vereinigung für Religionswissenschaft)
  • DGMW (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Missionswissenschaft)
  • Tamil Studies Network
  • Interdisziplinärer Arbeitskreis Pfingstbewegung



Collaborative Research Center “Ritual Dynamics” (University of Heidelberg), Subproject A6: http://www.ritualdynamik.de/index.php?id=35&L=1

Tamil Studies Network: https://rmserv.wt.uni-heidelberg.de/rm/Forschung/material-suedindien/workshop-tamil-studies-network/workshop-tamil-studies-network

European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism (GloPent): https://www.glopent.net/