University of Erfurt

Prof. Dr. Martin Fuchs

Professor of Indian Religious History at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies

Martin Fuchs studied Anthropology, Sociology und Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures at the Universities Marburg, Heidelberg and Frankfurt/Main, and received his PhD in 1985 from the University Frankfurt/Main. This was followed by teaching appointments at the Universities of Zürich, Heidelberg and the Free University in Berlin. At the Free University he also did his Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in 1997. In the following years Martin Fuchs held teaching and research positions at the Universities of Paderborn; Heidelberg (South Asia Institute); Free University Berlin; Central European University, Budapest; and the University of Canterbury, Christchurch (New Zealand). Martin Fuchs was Founding Director of the New Zealand South Asia Centre (2008-2009). Since 2009 Martin Fuchs holds the Professorship of Indian Religious History at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies of the University of Erfurt. Martin Fuchs was one of the initiators of the M.S.  Merian-R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies „Metamorphoses of the Political“ (ICAS:MP) in New Delhi, whose base consists of a network of six Indian and German research institutes and universities. He represents the University of Erfurt in the consortium and periodically acts as the German Co-Director of ICAS:MP.


The research interests of Martin Fuchs lie in Cultural and Social Theory; the Anthropology, Sociology and Religious Studies of South Asia; social and religious movements; Dalits; Urban Anthropology and Human Rights issues.


Martin Fuchs offers courses on Indian Religious History; the Theory and Method of Ethnography; and Sociology of Religion.

Selected Publications

  • 2018: “Indian Imbroglios: Bhakti Neglected, Or: the Missed Opportunities for a New Approach to a Comparative Analysis of Civilizational Diversity”, in: Arnason, Johann and Chris Hann (eds.), Anthropology and Civilizational Analysis. Eurasian Explorations, Albany (NY), SUNY Press, 121-154.
  • 2017: India in Comparison: Max Weber’s Analytical Agenda, in: Thomas C. Ertman (ed.), Max Weber’s Economic Ethic of the World Religions: An Analysis, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 223-266.
  • 2017: Recognition across difference: Conceptual considerations against an Indian background, in: Dieter Gosewinkel and Dieter Rucht (eds.), Transnational Struggles for Recognition. New Perspectives on Civil Society since the 20th Century, New York and Oxford: Berghahn, 252-276.
  • 2015: Processes of Religious Individualisation: Stocktaking and Issues for the Future, in: Religion, vol. 45 (3), special issue, guest-editors: Martin Fuchs and Jörg Rüpke, 330-343.
  • 2009: “Reaching out; or, Nobody exists in one context only: Society as translation.” Translation Studies 2 (1), 21-40.
  • 2004 (ed. together with A. Linkenbach and S. Randeria): Konfigurationen der Moderne. Diskurse zu Indien, Nomos Verlag.
  • 1999: Kampf um Differenz. Repräsentation, Subjektivität und soziale Bewegungen. Das Beispiel Indien, Suhrkamp Verlag.
  • 1993 (4th ed. 2016, ed. together with E. Berg): Kultur, soziale Praxis, Text. Die Krise der ethnographischen Repräsentation, Suhrkamp Verlag.
  • 1988: Theorie und Verfremdung. Max Weber, Louis Dumont und die Analyse der indischen Gesellschaft, Lang Verlag.



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