Michael Stausberg

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Michael Stausberg (born April 28, 1966) is a German scholar on religion.

He was born in Köln. He studied in Bonn, Tübingen, Bergen and Rome. He is now a professor at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Apart from Zoroastrianism, Zoroastrian priesthood in contemporary India and related topics, Stausberg's interests encompass the history and terminology of the scientific study of religion, ritual & ritual theory, and religion & modern tourism.

In 2012 he was elected fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.[1]

Academic career[edit]

1991 - M.A. (University of Bonn).
1995 - Dr. phil. (University of Bonn).
2000 - Docent (University of Uppsala).
2003 - Privat Dozent (University of Heidelberg).
1992-1995 - Graduiertenkolleg Scholarship for „Interkulturelle religiöse bzw. religionsgeschichtliche Studien“ (University of Bonn).
1996-2000 - Feodor Lynen Scholarship of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (University of Uppsala).
2004 - Professor in the scientific study of religion (University of Bergen).
2005-2007 - Director for the scientific study of religion (University of Bergen).

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Riter och ritteorier. Religionshistoriska diskussioner och teoretiska ansatser (2002)
  • Die Religion Zarathushtras. Geschichte - Gegenwart - Rituale. 3 Volumes, Stuttgart: Kohlhammer
    • Volume 1, 2002, ISBN 3-17-017118-6
    • Volume 2, 2002, ISBN 3-17-017119-4
    • Volume 3, 2004, ISBN 3-17-017120-8
  • Zoroastrian Rituals in Context (2004) (ed.)
  • Zarathustra und seine Religion (2005)
  • Theorizing Rituals (2006/7) (co-editor)
  • Contemporary Theories of Religion (2009) (ed.)
  • Religion im modernen Tourismus (2010)
  • Religion and Modern Tourism (Forthcoming)
  • Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion. (2014) (ed.)

Other academic activities[edit]




  1. ^ "Nye medlemmer 2012" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 13 November 2012.