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Matthias Deininger

Matthias Deininger


  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • JRG B21 "Transcultural Dynamics of Pentecostalism"


Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
Room 209
69115 Heidelberg

+49 (0) 6221 54 43 19

Über Matthias Deininger

PhD project:

working title: Building the "Antioch of Asia": Christian Heterotopias and the State in Singapore

Based on the narrative of Singapore's destiny to become the epicenter for spreading Christianity throughout Asia, this project aims to explore different modes of Christian mission practices and societal engagement in Singapore. It seeks to understand how evangelical Christians re-engage and realize their imaginary of Singapore as the Christian "Antioch of Asia" and how the formation of these alternative visions of social orders and spaces challenge the very ideas of the public sphere and the secular nature within the pluralist cityscape of Singapore. Examining both local and transnational mission practices, as well as following recent public discourses on family values and sexual morality, I analyze the ways Christians locate themselves within the nation as rooted aspect of the national community without losing their evangelical and outward-oriented character.

Research Interest:

  • sociological and anthropological approaches to religion
  • assemblage theory; ontological turn
  • theories of globalization and transnationalism
  • methods and methodology in religious studies
  • anthropology of Christianity
  • Southeast Asian Studies (focus on Singapore; Indonesia; Thailand; Myanmar)
  • religion and politics: secularization theories, religion and migration, religion and the public sphere, religion-state relationship


2012: M.A. in "Relgious Cultures- Historicity and Cultural Normativity" (insigni cum laude), Center for Global Studies, University of Bern (Switzerland)

2010: B.A. in Cultural Studies (insigni cum laude), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Lucerne (Switzerland)

Ausgewählte Publikationen

(2013): Global Pentecostalism. An Inquiry into the Cultural Dimensions of Globalization. Hamburg: Anchor Academic Publishing. (published Master's thesis)