Prof. Dr. Volkhard Krech (Project Leader)
Religious Studies, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Volkhard Krech is professor for religious studies and director of the interdisciplinary Center for Religious Studies at Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany. Among others, his research interests include religious pluralism and globalization, religion and art, and the theory of the history of religions. Besides being the project leader of the Iconic Religion research project he heads the international Käte Hamburger Kolleg Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe.

Prof. Dr. Kim Knott
Religious Studies, Lancaster University, UK

Kim Knott is Professor of Religious and Secular Studies in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, UK. She is Deputy Director of CREST, the national Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats. Her current areas of interest include: religion, place and space; migration and diasporas; ideologies and the move to violence. She is Co-Investigator of Iconic Religion, and directs the London case study.

Prof. Dr. Birgit Meyer
Religious Studies, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

Birgit Meyer is an anthropologist and scholar in religious studies. Since the late 1980s she has conducted research on religion in Africa. One of the prime foci of her historical and ethnographic work in Ghana concerns the dynamics of religion taking place in the city. This involves both a study of the popularity of Pentecostal-charismatic churches which profile modern notions of personhood and of the rise of an urban culture replete with Pentecostal visible and audible markers. On the basis of her longstanding research in Ghana, she developed a material approach to religion that emphasizes the importance of taking material forms – such as objects, pictures, buildings, sounds, texts – and the sensing body as cornerstones for the study of religion. In the context of the Iconic Religion project, she is further fleshing out this approach, paying special attention to visual culture and the icon.


PD Dr. Susanne Lanwerd
Religious Studies, Freie Universität Berlin & Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

Susanne Lanwerd’s field of expertise covers especially the aesthetics of religion. During her fellowship at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg in Bochum (2013), she has worked on migratory aesthetics as well as on religions in exhibitions and museums. She is currently scientific coordinator of the Iconic Religion Project and responsible for Berlin’s sites and settings.


Dr. Steph Berns
Religious Studies, Lancaster University, UK

Steph Berns is a post-doctoral researcher working within the field of sociology of religion. In 2016, she completed work on an ethnographic research study in London for the Iconic Religion project, about the interrelationship between religious events and the urban landscape. Prior to this, she completed a Collaborative Doctorate with the University of Kent and the British Museum on visitors performing religious practices in museums.

Dr. Daan Beekers
Religious Studies, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Daan Beekers is an anthropologist working on religious pluralism in the Netherlands. He studied social and cultural anthropology at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Oxford, and obtained his PhD from VU University Amsterdam in 2015. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University, working on the Iconic Religion sub-project in Amsterdam.