Institute for the Science of Religion


Dr. Anja Kirsch

Visiting Professor in the Science of Religion (for Prof. Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz)

Postal Address
Institute for the Science of Religion
Universität Bern
Lerchenweg 36
CH-3012 Bern
  • Modern European religious history
    • Short 20th century: religion and socialism; processes of secularization; atheism and the modern criticism of religion
    • Long 19th century: social revolutionary movements, religious and secular utopia, and transnational migration to East and West
  • Religion and narrative cultures: aesthetics (secular myth and ritual) and strategies of imparting religious knowledge (school textbooks, catechisms, mass media e.g., film & literature)
  • Religion and literary theory: especially narratological and aesthetic response approaches to religion; theories of religious efficacy
  • Conceptual history/historical semantics of religion 

Academic Memberships

  • Swiss Society for the Study of Religions (SGR-SSSR)
  • International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) / European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) / German Association for the Study of Religions (DVRW)
  • Member of the DVRW working group Aesthetics of Religion
  • Member of the international network Aesthetics of Religion (, funded by the German Research Foundation, DFG (funding period: 2015–2018)

Habilitation project

Genres der Entzauberung: Populäre Säkularitätsdiskurse in Zeitschriften und Belletristik des 19. Jahrhunderts

(The ‘genres of disenchantment’: popular discourses on secularity in nineteenth-century newspapers and fiction)