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University of Heidelberg
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religious history, history of religion, gender history, history of sexuality, postcolonial history, Sri Lanka, educational history, history of feminism, global history, history of esotericism, history of eugenics
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About Me

I am a historian of religion and gender working on the interception of feminism and esotericism, in particular. I am currently writing my PhD and work at the University of Heidelberg. I write, teach, and discuss on the topics of decolonial and feminist ways to do academia.

My PhD research focusses on religious girls‘ education in colonial Sri Lanka and its intersection with global feminisms. This is also entangled with 19th century imperial, colonial history, the emergence of „modern“ religion and esotericism, and questions of gendered and racialised bodies. The main body of my research is on the Theosophical Society, a 19th century global esoteric movement which was very active in creating modern esotericism as well as engaging with religious reform and national movements in colonised countries.


Recent Publications

Sri Lanka – Bildung, Religion, Feminismus„, Gender-Blog (Netzwerk Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung NRW), 27 April 2021. Awarded by 17 Goals Magazine.

Religion and Feminism? A way to look at their relationship from an intersectional and postcolonial view”, LSE International History Blog, 16 March 2021.

In Search for Superwoman: Feminist Eugenicists Within a Global Religious History„, Scottish Centre for Global History, 22 Feb 2021.

“The Divine Feminine and Pistis Sophia: Motherhood, Sexuality, and Theosophical Gnosticism in Francis Swiney’s Feminism”, La Rosa di Paracelso, 1/2018, 123-138. 2019

“‘I am what I wear, I wear what I am’. Mode als Abbildung und Konstitution von hindu-nationaler Identitätsbildung und Geschlechterdifferenzierung in Indien“, Benedikt K. Bauer, Kristina Goethling-Zimpel, Anna-Katharina Höpflinger (eds.): Opening Pandora ́s Box (Wien: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2020)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
England, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Colonialism, Emancipation, Family, Gender, Race, Religion, Sexuality, Women