Marian Burchardt
September 14, 2012 — 12:14

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Marian Burchardt is a research fellow at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen/Germany. His research explores the dynamics of religious diversity and secularity in discourses on cultural identity. Before coming to the Max Planck Institute, he worked as a researcher in the project “Multiple Secularities”, based at the Cultural Studies Department of the University of Leipzig, and as a lecturer at the Department of Development Sociology at the University of Bayreuth. Marian was also a visiting scholar at the New School for Social Research in New York City, the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB), and the University of Stellenbosch. His doctoral dissertation explores the entanglements of religion, sexuality and biomedicine in South Africa’s HIV/AIDS epidemic from a transnational perspective.
Together with Hansjörg Dilger, Rijk van Dijk and Thera Rasing he has co-convened the IRNARA Conference in Lusaka in 2009 and the Summer School on Religion and Social Activism in Kampala in 2010 (with Amy Patterson and Louise Rasmussen). His recent publications include the Special Section on ‘Religion and HIV/AIDS Treatments in Africa’ (with Rijk van Dijk & Hansjörg Dilger) in African Journal of AIDS Research 9(4), „Challenging Pentecostal Moralism: Erotic Geographies, Religion and Sexual Practices among Township Youth in Cape Town”. in Culture, Health & Sexuality 13(6), 669-684, and „Subjects of Counselling: HIV/AIDS, Religion and the Management of Everyday Life in South Africa“, in P. W. Geissler & F. Becker (Ed.) AIDS and Religious Practice in Africa. Leiden: Brill, 333-358.