Dr. Lina Marie Elisabeth Aschenbrenner


Assoziierte Forscherin "Thüringer Programm zur Förderung von Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und Nachwuchskünstlerinnen" (Philosophische Fakultät)


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99089 Erfurt


Universität Erfurt
Philosophische Fakultät
Allgemeine Religionswissenschaft
Postfach 90 02 21
99105 Erfurt

Dr. Lina Marie Elisabeth Aschenbrenner

Areas of Research

  • Contemporary religion and spirituality
  • Aesthetics of Religion
  • Body knowledge
  • Ritual
  • Religious experience
  • Contemporary dance
  • Postcolonialism

Current research

My current research focuses on the aesthetics of contemporary Hawaiian hula dance and its worldwide appropriations as global field of spiritual practices of worldview impact. The research is carried out as an ethnography tracing the global networks of different hālaus, hula schools, from periphery to center, the Hawaiian kumu hulas, hula teachers, and from center to periphery. The aim is to theorize the relational emergence of aesthetics and worldviews of religious and non-religious, social and cultural phenomena situated in global “contact zones.” I consider contemporary hula a research object of main interest to a postcolonial study-of-religion as its glocal aesthetics are closely linked to embodied discourses of (s)exoticization but also postcolonial processes of secularization and spiritualization. Furthermore, my hope is that the findings on hula advance the definition and hence the research of contemporary spiritualities based on their particular assemblage of aesthetics.


  • Aschenbrenner, Lina. 2020. “Der Tanzende Körper als Subjekt und Austragungsort von (religiösen) Identitätsdiskursen: Aushandlung israelischer und israelisch-jüdischer Identität mithilfe des Körpers.” In Identitäten, Franz Gmainer-Pranzl und Barbara Mackinger (Hrsg.), 581–600. Bern: Peter Lang. www.peterlang.com/view/9783631824894/html/ch39.xhtml.
  • Aschenbrenner, Lina. 2021. “Vernetzen – Modewort oder nachhaltiges Programm? Ein Plädoyer!” Zeitschrift für junge Religionswissenschaft, no. 16 (March). doi.org/10.4000/zjr.1829.
  • Aschenbrenner, Lina. 2022. “Body Knowledges and Practices (and the Coronavirus).” Counterpoint Navigating Knowledge, March 23, 2022. www.counterpointknowledge.org/body-knowledges-and-practices-and-thecoronavirus/.
  • Aschenbrenner, Lina, and Laura von Ostrowksi. Forthcoming 2022. “Embodied NeoSpirituality as an Experience-Filter: From Dance and Movement Practice to Contemporary Yoga.” Body and Religion.
  • Aschenbrenner, Lina, and Anne Koch. Forthcoming. “Do Gaga, Be Well? Well-Being as Intersectional Dispositif in the Neo-Spiritual Israeli Movement Practice Gaga.” In New Spiritualties and the Culture of Well-Being, edited by Géraldine Mossière. New York: Springer.
  • Aschenbrenner, Lina. Forthcoming. Neo-Spiritual Aesthetics. Embodied Transformation in the Israeli Movement Practice Gaga. Bloomsbury Advances in Religious Studies. London: Bloomsbury Academic.


  • Since 06/2021 research fellow at the University of Erfurt, funded by a program of the state Thuringia to support outstanding young female scientists
  • 2020-21 member of “Mapping Religionswissenschaft: Vernetzen, Vertiefen, Sichtbar Machen,” funded by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • 08/2020 PhD Religious Studies, Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg (Title: “The Gaga Effect – A Body-Focused Ethnography on the Aesthetics and Body Knowledge of a Neo-Spiritual Israeli Movement Practice”)
  • 2016-20 member of “On the Move. People, Objects, Signs,” Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg
  • 2017-18 lecturer Master-program Religious Studies, Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg
  • 10/2015 Master Religious and Cultural Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Title: "Maṣḥafä mǝśṭirä sämay wämǝdr - Konzepte von ‚Schrift’ und ‚Schriftlichkeit’ in altäthiopischer Tradition")
  • 2013-16 research assistant to Prof. Loren Stuckenbruck, New Testament (Focus: Ancient Judaism), Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Further references

  • 10/2020 Young Investigators Award 2020, Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg
  • Since 2015 dance artist in Munich: contemporary dance projects, creative dance, ballet for children and young persons at schools, kindergartens, and dance studios; dance performances
  • 10/2019-10/2020 parental leave