Dr. Natalie Lang

Assozierter Junior Fellow (Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies)

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Visiting address

Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien
Nordhäuser Str. 63
99089 Erfurt

Mailing address

Universität Erfurt
Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien
Postfach 90 02 21
99105 Erfurt

Dr. Natalie Lang

Personal Information

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2019–2021: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Religion and Globalisation Cluster & Asian Urbanisms Cluster, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.
  • Since 2018: Associated Junior Fellow at the Max-Weber-Kolleg, University of Erfurt. Funded by an Initialization Scholarship granted by the Thuringian Program for Funding of Young Female Academics and Artists.
  • 2013–2018: PhD in Social Anthropology, Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen.
  • 2012–2013: Tutor for Social Anthropology, University of Heidelberg.
  • 2011–2012: MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
  • 2008–2011: BA in South Asian Studies, University of Heidelberg.

Academia: https://nus.academia.edu/NatalieLang

Research Project

Religion and Urbanity: Tamil Hindu Aspirations and Negotiations of Space in Paris

Natalie Lang’s anthropological research project examines the relation between religion and urbanity by taking the example of Hindu religion in Paris. The major research questions concern the role of religion in the production of neighborhoods and urban space, the relation between Tamil Hindus’ religious and urban aspirations, and the relation between private and public religion.


  • ​​​​​​Book

Lang, Natalie. 2021Religion and Pride: Hindus in Search of Recognition in La Réunion. New York: Berghahn Books.

  • Journal Articles

Lang, Natalie. 2022. "For a 'beautiful' religion without 'buzz': Hinduism, Facebook, gender, and status in La Reunion." Journal of Contemporary Religion, 37:1, 51-70.

Lang, Natalie. 2020. "Learning death rituals from scratch: the search for meaning and recognition of Hindus on Réunion." Paideuma, 66:151-69.

  • Book Review

Lang, Natalie. 2022. "Religion and senses of place." South Asian Diaspora.

  • Academic Blogs

Lang, Natalie. 2021. “Aspirational Pride: Tamil Hindus in Search of Recognition in La Réunion”, ARIscope, National University of Singapore.

Lang, Natalie. 2020. “Religion and Covid-19 under observation: the Asia-focused research blog CoronAsur.” Blog Religious Matters in an Entangled World, Utrecht University.

Lang, Natalie. 2020Saint Corona, CoronAsur, and Corona Devi: New Embodiments of the Relationship between Religion and Disease”. Blog CoronAsur: Religion and COVID-19, National University of Singapore.

Lang, Natalie. 2020. Itching to See the Goddess: Anthropological Questions on Religious Practice during a Pandemic” BlogCoronAsur: Religion and COVID-19, National University of Singapore.