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The collection of the Museum of Religions is essentially a teaching and research collection. It is important to us that we advance the scientific work on our collection, and so we actively look for theses, dissertations or other research projects that support the museum's work. If you are interested, please contact our curator, Dr. Susanne Rodemeier.

Below is an overview of our ongoing and completed research projects.

Research Network

Collaborative project: "REDIM Dynamiken religiöser Dinge im Museum" (Dynamics of Religious Objects in Museums). Research is headed by Prof. Dr. Edith Franke; museum curator Dr. Susanne Rodemeier is also a part of the project. (Project duration: 2018-2021)

Research Projects

The research assistant Paulina Rinne is currently working on a research project on the influential Islamic scholar and historian of religion Annemarie Schimmel (1922-2003), "Forschungsprojekt Annemarie Schimmel".

Research on the artifacts in the Egyptian section by Dr. Beatrix Gessler-Löhr, Egyptologist and associate researcher at the Institute for Egyptology at the Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg (2019)

Restoration of the ancient Egyptian sarcophagus by Jens Klocke, graduate conservator at the University of Applied Sciences in Hildesheim (2019)

Deciphering the role of a dervish by Dr. Ali Shahidi, the University of Tehran, Department of Ancient Iranian Culture & Languages (ongoing since 2019)

“Egyptian Sarcophagus: Decryption of the Painted Compendium to Mummification, Belief in the Dead and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt” by Dr. Beatrix Gessler-Löhr, Egyptologist and associate researcher at the Institute of Egyptology at the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg (2017)

Dissertation Project(s)

Research on Jewish amulets in the Museum of Religions by Alisha Meininghaus, M.A. (ongoing PhD project since 2019)

Masters theses

Alisha Meininghaus (2019): "You should not let a sorceress live!" Legitimation strategies for utilizing Jewish magic based on examples of the Hebrew amulets in the Museum of Religions

Laura Griese (2016): Stamped and branded - honored and decorated? Religious body markings within Hindu traditions

Showcases and Presentations

From the Altar to the Stationery Store: Showcase on Daoism in China. Shao-Min Sun, art history student (Opened May 29, 2019)

Showcase on Religion in Japan. Yoichi Sakai, intern at Marburg University; student at Heidelberg University (Opened June 17, 2018)

History and Housing the Collection

History of the Building. Peter J. Bräunlein (2005)