Vice Director of the Max-Weber-Kolleg
(Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies)
Max-Weber-Kolleg (Steinplatz 2) / room 708 (6. OG)
Wolfgang Spickermann
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Spickermann
Assoziierter Fellow
(Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies)


Max-Weber-Kolleg, University of Erfurt

Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke (Director, Erfurt)

  • Religious Studies
  • Fellow at the Max-Weber-Kolleg
  • Research Focus: Ancient History of Religion and Theory of Religion

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rosa (Vice director, Erfurt)

  • Vice spokesperson, Erfurt
  • Sociology
  • Director of the Max-Weber-Kolleg
  • Research Interests: Theory of Time and Acceleration, Theory of Self and World Relations, Resonance


Prof. Dr. Jürgen Martschukat

  • Professor of North American History
  • Erfurt University
  • Research Interests: History of the Body, History and Theory of Discourses and Practices

PD Dr. Andreas Pettenkofer

  • Comparative Sociology
  • Erfurt University
  • Research Interests: Social Theory, Social Movement Studies, Sociology of Critique

Prof. Dr. Markus Vinzent

  • History of Theology, Patristics
  • Fellow at the Max-Weber-Kolleg
  • Research Interests: Early Christian and Patristic Studies, Neo-Platonism and its Reception through History (Medieval period, Enlightenment), Narratives, Second Modernity

Prof. Dr. Verena Weidner

  • Professor of Music and its Didactics
  • Erfurt University
  • Research Interests: Digitization and digital culture in Music and Music Education, Social Systems Theory, Classroom Discourse, Composing and Improvisation in Music Education, Disciplinary Development

University of Graz

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Spickermann (Director, Graz)

  • Ancient History and Epigraphy
  • University of Graz
  • Research Focus: Germanic provinces, Late Antiquity and Early Christianity

Prof. Dr. Ursula Gärtner (Vice director, Graz)

  • Classical Philology
  • University of Graz
  • Research focus: Imperial literature, fables, iconography


Prof. Dr. Irmtraud Fischer

  • Old Testament Studies
  • University of Graz
  • Research Focus: Gender and Feminism studies, biblical theology

Prof. Dr. Christoph Heil

  • New Testament Studies
  • University of Graz
  • Research focus: Early Christianity, social history

Prof. Dr. Stephan Moebius

  • Sociology
  • University of Graz
  • Research Focus: Cultural Sociology, Sociological Theory, Sociology of Religion

Prof. Dr. Laerke Recht

  • Early Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology
  • University of Graz
  • Research Focus: Ritual and sacrifice in the Ancient Near East, Human-Animal Relations, Material Culture Studies, Archaeogical Theory

Prof. Dr. Peter Scherrer

  • Classical Archaeology
  • University of Graz
  • Research focus: Archaeology, epigraphy, ancient religion and ideology

Prof. Dr. Franz Winter

  • Religious Studies
  • University of Graz
  • Research Focus: Religious Studies, religious and cultural contacts between Europe and Asia


Dr. Elisabeth Begemann

  • Coordinator of the Graduate School in Erfurt
  • Research Interests: Religious History of Republican Rome, Historiography


Dr. Anna-Katharina Rieger

  • Coordinator of the Graduate School in Graz
  • Research focus: Roman archaology, Roman religion, landscape archaeology

Further members

Doctoral Fellows

Nancy Alhachem
Resonance instead of Alienation: The Practices of Memory among Migrants and Refugees in the German Culture of Remembrance
Personal website

Christopher Bégin
Religiosity and rituals in clubbing: resonance in unity, consumption and timelessness
Personal website

Dina Bijelic
Modeling Christian rulership in the medieval Grail romance
Personal website

Marcus Döller
Autonomy as Social Practice
Personal website

Behnaz Ghazi Moradi
Spatiality, religion, and body: Relocating female experiences in Post-Revolutionary Iran
Personal website (Graz)

Sára Eszter Heidl
Event Religion as an alternative to modern religious phenomena
Personal website

Marios Kamenou
Resonant relationships and religious innovations: Interpreting ritual practices in the Hellenistic cult of the Mother of the Gods
Personal website (Graz)

Veronika Kolomaznik
Transformation und resonance of the enlivened Phallos. Metamorphosis and significance of a powerful ancient motif (working title)
Personal website (Graz)

Elena Malagoli
Personal website

Gabriel Malli
Heilige Körper. Eine resonanz- und religionssoziologische Untersuchung der religiösen Verschleierung
Personal website

Manuel Moser
Mein Schönes Auto als entdinglichtes Ding? Eine vergleichende empirische Studie zu Auto- und Motoradpilgerfahrten und -segnungen in Mitteleuropa und Bolivien bezogen auf das Verhältnis der drei Resonanzachsen zueinander
Personal website

David Palme
Widerspruch als Lebensform / Contradiction as a Form of Life
Personal website

Luca Pellarin
Time (Dis)Closure. Learning From Christian Eschatology
Personal website

Aaron Plattner
Resonanz und Ekphrasis. Die Stimmen heiliger Räume, Rituale und Gegenstände bei Pausanias
Personal website

Blaž Ploj
Religiöse Rituale in den Komödien von Titus Maccius Plautus
Personal website

Stella Rehbein
Romantik in Zeiten abnehmender Resonanz. Eine ungleichheits- und geschlechtersoziologische Untersuchung von Liebe zwischen Ritual und Routine
Personal website

Matthias Scholler
Ruler-cult and crisis. The imperial cult and the third century crisis
PersonaPersonal website (Graz)

João Tziminadis
Unleashing Life from its Boundaries: The Bioscientific-Cultural Pursuit of Vitality and the Finiteness of the Human
Personal website

Armin Unfricht
Identität, Integration, Politik: Zur gesellschaftlichen Bedeutung von Heroisierung und kultischer Verehrung historischer Persönlichkeiten bei den Griechen
Personal website

Malka Wijeratne
Mos Maiorum, Resonance and Emotion
Personal website

Clemens Wurzinger
How literature touches us - Tibullus and second-order resonance
Personal website (Graz)​​​​​​​

Alina Zeller
Trachtenvereine in the USA: practices of Bavarian customs associations in the negotiation of German-American ethnicity, culture and tradition
Personal website


Mercator Fellows

Dr. Fouad Gehad Marei
Research Project: "Feeling Sectarian? Shi‘i Ritual Practice, Affective Relations, and Holy War in the Middle East"
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Dr. Georgia Petridou
Research Interests: Greek Literature, Greek and Roman Religion, Greek and Roman Medicine, Greek Epigraphy
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Universität Liverpool

Prof. Dr. Rubina Raja
Reseach Project: "Cults and Sanctuaries of the Tetrapolis Region"
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Universität Aarhus

Prof. Ada Taggar-Cohen
Research Project: "The Concept of Gender Appearance – Divine and Mundane – in Hittite and Biblical texts"
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Collaborating Researchers


Prof. Dr. Martin Fuchs
Religious History of India

Prof. Dr. Richard Gordon
Ancient History of Magic

PD Dr. Christoph Henning

Prof. Dr. Benedikt Kranemann
Liturgical Studies
Faculty of Catholic Theology

PD Dr. Antje Linkenbach-Fuchs
Comparative Ethnology

Prof. Dr. Beatrice Renzi
Anthropology and Religion of South Asia

Dr. Dr. Emiliano Urciuoli
Early Christianity

Dr. Dr. Jutta Vinzent 
History of Classical, Modern and Contemporary Art

University of Graz

Prof. Dr. Anneliese Felber
Byzantine Orthodoxy and Patrology

Prof. Dr. Manfred Lehner
Classical Archaeology, Roman Provincial Archaeology, Medieval Archaeology

Prof. Dr. Katharina Scherke
Sociology of Culture, Art and Science, History of Sociology, Theory of Sociology

Dr. Leif Scheuermann
Ancient History, Digital Humanities, Historical Geography

Prof. Dr. Klaus Tausend
Ancient History, Mycenology, Military History, History of Germanic Tribes

Prof. Dr. Sabine Tausend
Ancient History, Gender Studies, Reception of Antiquity

PD Dr. Elisabeth Trinkl
Archaeology, Digital Archaeology

Associated doctoral fellows of the Max-Weber-Kolleg

Rafael Barroso Romero
Religious Studies

Sofia Bianchi Mancini

Felipe Perissato
Religious Studies

Konrad Pfeffel
Religious Studies

Martin Repohl

Anton Röhr

Seraphim Schirrmacher
Music Education


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