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Jennie Chapman (University of Hull)

Jennie Chapman is lecturer in twentieth-century American literature at the University of Hull, England. Her research and teaching interests range across American end-of-the-world narratives; the religious and spiritual dimensions of American writing; the American evangelical publishing industry; and the intersections between American religious identities and other identity formations, especially gender and race.
Her first monograph, Plotting Apocalypse (Mississippi University Press, 2013), examines the complex relationship between reading and agency in the bestselling Left Behind novels, which render into narrative evangelical beliefs about the end of the world.

Kerstin Cuhls (ISI Karlsruhe)

Kerstin Cuhls is a scientific project manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) since 1992. She studied Japanology, Chinese Studies and Economics/Business Administration in Hamburg and Hirakata, Japan. She holds a PhD from the University of Hamburg in Japanology about Technology Foresight in Japan. Kerstin built up the Business Unit "Foresight and Futures Research" in the Competence Center "Innovation and Technology Management and Foresight" from 2008 to 2010. She was the project manager of the BMBF Foresight Process and several German and international foresight studies. Kerstin teaches various seminars on foresight, priority-setting and the combination of methods, e.g. for the UNIDO, at the FU Berlin  as well as in Heidelberg.

Akhil Gupta (University of California, Los Angeles)

Akhil Gupta is an anthropologist and professor at UCLA. His major interests are the ethnography of information technology, the state and development, anthropology of food, environmental anthropology, space and place, and the history of anthropology. He holds a PhD in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University, where he wrote the well-known essay “Beyond 'Culture': Space, Identity, and the Politics of Difference” with fellow anthropologist James Ferguson (Duke University Press, 1997). His many publications include the monograph Postcolonial Developments: Agriculture in the Making of Modern India (Duke University Press, 1998) and The Anthropology of the State: A Reader (Blackwell, 2006) which he co-edited with Aradhana Sharma.

Eben Kirksey (University of New South Wales)

Eben Kirksey is a social and cultural anthropologist and Senior lecturer at UNSW, Australia. He studies the political dimensions of imagination as well as the interplay of natural and cultural history. Writing in collaboration with Stefan Helmreich, he coined the term “multispecies ethnography” to describe new approaches for studying contact zones where the lines separating nature and culture have broken down.  His latest book, an edited collection called The Multispecies Salon is in the Fall 2014 catalog of Duke University Press.  Eben Kirksey holds a three-year DECRA fellowship from the Australian Research Council which is enabling his work in Europe, the Americas, and the Pacific (2014-2017).

Kerstin von Lingen (Heidelberg University)

Kerstin von Lingen is a historian with a special research focus on war, memory and reconciliation measures after conflict, as well as national narratives and identity construction. Since 2013, she leads the Junior Research Group entitled “Transcultural Justice: Legal Flows and the Emergence of International Justice within the East Asian War Crimes Trials, 1946-1954,” supervising four doctoral dissertations on the Soviet, Chinese, Dutch, and French war crimes trial policies in Asia, respectively.
Her many publications include monographs on War Crimes Trials in Europe, the global use of slave labour and intelligence history, two of which are in English: Kesselring’s Last Battle: War Crimes Trials and Cold War Politics, 1945-1960 (University of Kansas Press, 2009) and Allen Dulles, the OSS and Nazi War Criminals: The Dynamics of Selective Prosecution (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Daniel Münster (Heidelberg University)

Daniel Münster is a social anthropologist working on South Asia with interests in agrarian environments, political economy, global food regimes, science and technology, and social theory. Before joining the Heidelberg Cluster of Excellence as a Junior Research Group Leader in April 2013, he taught social anthropology at Bielefeld University (2005-2007) and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (2007-2013).
Daniel’s research focuses on the South Indian district of Wayanad (Kerala), where he has been conducting fieldwork since 2008. He is currently writing a monograph (working title: “Poisoned Landscapes, Poisoned Selves”) that takes farmers’ suicides as an entry point for a regional ethnography that is theoretically informed by environmental anthropology, political economy, and the anthropology of the state.

Katja Rakow (Heidelberg University)

Katja Rakow is a researcher in Religious Studies with a major interest in religion in contemporary societies. Her fields of research are Tibetan Buddhism as well as Evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity in a transcultural perspective. Since May 2013, she is leading the Junior Research Group "Transcultural Dynamics of Pentecostalism: Pentecostal Christianity between Globalisation and Localised Spheres in Singapore and the Straits" at the Cluster of Excellence. Before joining the Cluster, she conducted a research project on "Megachurches in the US" as post-doctoral fellow, which was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 2010-2013. Katja has been lecturing at the Institutes for Religious Studies at Heidelberg University, Free University Berlin and University of Lucerne, Switzerland.

Sophie Roche (Heidelberg University)

Sophie Roche studied Central Asian Studies and Social Anthropology in Berlin and did long-term fieldwork in Tajikistan while at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany between 2005 and 2010 resulting in the book Domesticating Youth. Youth Bulges and their Socio-Political Implications in Tajikistan, (Berghahn, 2014). She then joined the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin (2010 and 2013) focussing on Islam in Central Asia and finalizing the edited volume Central Asian Intellectuals on Islam (ZMO Studien 2014). Since 2013 she joined the Cluster Asia and Europe in a Global Context as a Research Group Leader with a project on cultural and demographic changes in Muslim Central Asia.

Anthony Santoro (HCA, Heidelberg University)

Anthony Santoro teaches American religious, legal, and sport history at Heidelberg University and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies. He is the author of several articles on religion and slave revolts, the links between religion and capital punishment, and on professional football. He is also the author of Exile and Embrace: Contemporary Religious Discourse on the Death Penalty (Northeastern University Press, 2013).