Université d'Erfurt


Prof. Dr. Marian Burchardt: Fellow

© Swen Reichold

Universität Erfurt

Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien

Postfach 900 221

99105 Erfurt



  • 2004-2009 Dissertation im Fach Soziologie an der Universität Leipzig:
  • “Religion and AIDS in South Africa. A Cultural Sociology”; betreut von: Prof. Monika Wohlrab-Sahr (Leipzig) und Prof. James Beckford (Warwick)
  • 2006-2009 Assoziiertes Mitglied des DFG-Graduierten-Kollegs „Bruchzonen der Globalisierung“ an der Universität Leipzig
  • 2004 Magister Artium in der Fächern Soziologie, Politikwissenschaft und Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaften, Universität Leipzig; Magisterarbeit: “Religion und Gewalt: Konflikte zwischen Hindus und Muslimen in Gujarat/Indien”

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

  • Seit 2/2018 Professor (W2) für Soziologie mit Schwerpunkt Transregionalisierungsprozesse, Institut für Soziologie und Center for Area Studies, Universität Leipzig
  • 6/2017-1/2018 Forscher in der DFG Kolleg-Forschergruppe „Multiple Secularities – Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities“, Universität Leipzig
  • 4/2012-5/2017 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung multireligiöser und multiethnischer Gesellschaften Göttingen; Forschungsgruppe „Governance of Cultural Diversity“
  • 10/2016-2/2017 Vertretungsprofessur Soziologie afrikanischer Gesellschaften, Institut für Afrikanistik, Universität Leipzig


Religious Space in Barcelona: Towards an Eventful Sociology of Religious Urbanity

Accommodating the new religious diversity in urban public space in an equitable, non-discriminatory fashion while enhancing social cohesion has become a major challenge for many European cities. At the same time, such challenges are not entirely new as European metropoles have already experienced dramatic religious transformations in earlier periods, for instance during periods of intense urban growth in phases of industrialization and the urban conflicts accompanying them.

Focusing on the ways rituals contribute to the spatialization of religion in cities, this project explores how these challenges have played out in the organization of urban religious events (including processions, public rituals and festivals) and their perception by urban publics in the Mediterranean city of Barcelona. Based on the assumption that religious uses of urban space are particularly contested in periods in which established cultural hegemonies and understandings of urban space are challenged, I focus on three distinct historical moments of modern Barcelona:

  1. The time around the so-called Setmana Tragica in 1909 when through the growth of anticlerical riots the coexistence among political movements, alternative religious actors and Catholic actors was deeply challenged;
  2. The period of the late 1940s and early 1950s characterized by Catholic re-evangelization campaigns in working class areas;
  3. The period from the early 2000s until the present with its increasing religious diversity.


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