Prof. Dr. Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz

Head of Department

+41 31 684 80 62
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Postal Address
Institute for the Science of Religion
Universität Bern
Lerchenweg 36
CH-3012 Bern
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Research Interests 

  • Religious and cultural history of Tibet and Mogolia
  • History of non-European knowledge systems
  • Global History of Religion
  • Study of the Mongolian bKa' 'gyur
  • Theory of Religion


Research Projects

  • Mongolian worlds of experience in times of global networking: the Ordos area in the last decades of the Quing Dynasty
  • Mongolian Knowledge Systems in the 18th and 19th Centuries: The formation of a "Doctrine of the Shamans"
  • Cataloging the Tibetan and Mongolian Manuscripts and Block Prints of the collection of Richard Ernst, Winterthur.
  • Crescent and the Swiss Cross: A survey of Swiss converts to Islam
  • Canonization processes in a transcultural perspective. The transmission of the Bhiksunīprātimoksasūtra in Mongolia: scriptural text in theory and practices.
  • Canonicity in translation: the Mongolian versions of the “Perfection of Wisdom in 8,000 lines”-sutra.

Membership of Scholarly Organisations

  • Societas Uralo-Altaica
  • Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft (DMG)
  • Deutsche Vereinigung für Religionswissenschaft (DVRW)
  • Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Religionswissenschaft (SGR)
  • International Association of Tibetan Studies (IATS)
  • Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft
  • Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research
  • Institut für Historische Anthropologie
  • International Association for Mongolian Studies


Board Member

  • Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft (SAG)
  • Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft (DMG)
  • Study of Tibetology, Mongolian Studies, Cf. Religious Studies, Indology and Central Asian Turkology in Bonn. M.A. 1984.
  • 1984 - Doctoral studies in New Delhi
  • 1984-86 - Field research in North India and Nepal
  • 1991 - Doctorate. Teaching activity in Bonn, Marburg and Moscow.
  • 1999 - Habilitation
  • Since 1999 full Professor of Religious Studies, University of Bern.
  • 2007-2010 Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Bern