Head of Department 

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Prof. Dr. Martin Baumann, born 1960 in Swakopmund, Namibia, pursued his studies in the Study of Religions, Philosophy and English Studies at the universities of Marburg, London and Berlin. In 1993 he earned his PhD with a research thesis on Buddhists and Buddhists communities in Germany at the University of Hanover. His postdoc thesis (habilitation) focused on diaspora as an analytical term using the example of Hindu traditions in Trinidad, completed in 1999 at the University of Leipzig.

Subsequently, Martin Baumann worked as a researcher, concentrating on the topic of migration, religion and social integration at the University of Hannover, followed by a substitute professorship for theory and history in religious studies at the University of Bremen. Since 2003, he has been full professor for the Study of Religions (Religious Studies) in the faculty of cultural and social sciences and chair of the department at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. From 2007 to 2009 he was dean of the faculty and since 2010 has been vice-chancellor for the advancement of research at the university. His teaching and research focus on topics of immigration, religious communities and processes of social integration; coexistence and conflict in religious pluralism; diaspora studies; and on Hindu and Buddhist traditions in the West.

CV Prof. Dr. Martin Baumann


Research Priorities

  • Migration, religion, and social incorporation
  • religious pluralism and public space
  • diaspora studies
  • Hindu and Buddhist traditions in the West
  • new religions
  • dynamic of global religions, method and theory in Religious Studies

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