Alexander Henn

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Alexander Henn

Alexander Henn is a German anthropologist and Professor for Religious Studies at the School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. He is also known for his research done on religion in Goa, India.


He has done his Habilitation in Cultural Anthropology, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg, 2000. He also holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Johannes-Gutenberg Universität in Mainz which he completed in 1988.

Positions held[edit]

Since 2005 Henn is Associate Professor for Religious Studies, Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. From 2000-2005, he was Adjunct Professor at the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg, Germany, Department of Anthropology. Between 2000-2001, he was also Visiting Professor, Goa University, India, Department of Sociology. From 2000-2001 he held the post of Adjunct Professor, Ruprecht-Karls University at Heidelberg, Germany, in the Department of Anthropology. From 1988-1999, he was Assistant Professor at the same university's South Asia Institute and between 1990–91, a Visiting Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Delhi's Department of Sociology.


His publications include:


  • 'Hindu-Catholic Encounters in Goa. Religion, Colonialism and Modernity', University of Indiana Press, 2014
  • 'Rituals in an Unstable World: Contingency – Embodiment - Hybridity', (eds. Alexander Henn and Klaus-Peter Koepping) Frankfurt, Oxford, New York 2008: Peter Lang
  • 'Wachheit der Wesen: Politik, Ritual und Kunst der Akkulturation in Goa, Münster, Hamburg, London 2003: LIT-Verlag
  • 'Reisen in vergangene Gegenwart. Geschichte und Geschichtlichkeit der Nicht-Europäer im Denken des 19. Jahrhunderts: die Erforschung des Sudan', Berlin 1988: Dietrich Reimer

Chapters and articles[edit]

  • Ritual, Emotion and Healing in Post-Colonial Settings, in: Christian Wulff and Axel Michaels, eds. Ritual and Emotion, 2000 words, New Delhi 2011: Routledge
  • Pictorial Encounter. Iconoclasm and Syncretism at India’s Western Coast in: Christiane Brosius and Roland Wenzlhuemer (eds.), Transcultural Turbulences: Interdisciplinary Ex-plorations of Flows of Images and Media, Vienna 2011: Springer,
  • Jesuit Rhetorics: Translation and Conversion in Early-Modern Goa, in: Ivo Strecker, Christian Meyer, Felix Girke, The Constitutive Interplay Between Rhetoric and Culture, , 6000 words, Oxford / New York 2011: Berghahn
  • Hindu Traditions in Goa, in: Encyclopedia of Hinduism, vol. I, ed. Knut A. Jacobson, Leyden 2009: Brill
  • Crossroads of Religions: Shrines, Mobility, and Urban Space in Goa, in: International Journal for Urban and Regional Research, special issue (eds. Smirti Srinivas and Mary Hancock) 2008/32.3 S 658–70
  • The Lord of Mapusa: Genesis of an Urban God in Goa, in: Purusartha 2006/25, pgs. 31-47
  • Gods and Saints in Goa: Cultural Diversity and Local Religion, in: Malik, A., Feldhaus, A., Brueckner, H. (eds): In the Company of Gods. In Memoriam Guenther-Dietz Sontheimer, Delhi: 2005: Manohar, pgs. 83-104
  • Incorporando o divino: iconografia religiosa, espaço sociologico e história política em Goa, in: Oriente. Revista Quadrimestral da Fundação Oriente, Lisboa 2003/4: 26-34
  • The Becoming of Goa. Space and Culture in the Emergence of a Multicultural Lifeworld, in: Lusotopie: Lusophonies asiatiques, Asiatiques en lusophonies, Paris 2000/1, pgs.333-339


Staying Awake for God. Introducing the Jagor. Documentary with Alito Siqueira and Gasper D’Souza 15 min., 2010,