Eleven Ph.D. students will be traveling to Germany in February 2011, with the support of a DAAD Study Tour Grant. Profs. Amira Mittermaier and Pamela Klassen will be leading the tour of German research institutions focused on the study of religion and religious diversity from both historical and anthropological perspectives. The host institutions include the Max Planck Institute für Bildungsforschung in Berlin, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, and the Institut für Religionswissenschaft at the University of Heidelberg.
The students joining the tour have a range of research interests, including contemporary German theories of religion, Jewish philosophy, anthropology of Islam, and Buddhism in Central Asia. Students chosen to participate include Rebecca Bartel, Maria Dasios, Nicholas Dion, Matt King, Rachel Loewen, Nermeen Mouftah, Aldea Mulhern, Paul Nahme, Justin Stein, Edith Szanto, and Erin Vearncombe.