Prof. Dr. Martin Fuchs

Martin Fuchs is Professor of Indian Religious History at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies of the University of Erfurt and one of the initiators and twice-time German Director of the M.S. Merian - R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies „Metamorphoses of the Political“ (ICAS-MP) in New Delhi. Martin Fuchs is Principal Investigator of the sub-project “Urban property regimes and citizenship in transition: Changing ownership patterns and systems of relatedness in India” of the Collaborative Research Centre Structural Change of Property. He obtained his Habilitation in Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin and taught at the Universities of Zürich, Heidelberg, Paderborn, Erfurt, at the FU Berlin, at the Central European University (Budapest) and at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand). His research interests include cultural and social theory; the anthropology, sociology and religious studies of South Asia; social and religious movements; Dalits; urban anthropology and Human Rights issues.

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  • Fuchs, M. Metropolitaner Kontext und neue religiöse Bewegungen. Formen hinduistischer kosmopolitischer Urbanität, in: Moderne Stadtgeschichte, semi-annual vol. 1, 2022, 98-111.
  • Interpretative und Reflexive Anthropologie: Ethnographie und Repräsentation, in: Angelika Poferl and Norbert Schröer (eds.), Handbuch Soziologische Ethnographie, Wiesbaden 2022: Springer VS, 169-210.
  • Precarious Belonging: Religious Options and Engagements with the World in a Metropolitan Context. The case of Dalits in Dharavi (Mumbai), in: Religion and Urbanity Online, Berlin, 2021:
  • Dhamma and the Common Good: Religion as Problem and Answer - Ambedkar’s Critical Theory of Social Relationality, in: Martin Fuchs and Vasudha Dalmia (eds.), Religious Interactions in Modern India, New Delhi, 2019: Oxford University Press, 364-413.
  • Mit Differenz leben, oder: die Aussichtslosigkeit der Assimilation. Die Beispiele von Dalit und Urban Poor in Indien, in: Kilcher, Andreas B. and Lindner, Urs (eds.), Zwischen Anpassung und Subversion. Sprache und Politik der Assimilation, München, 2019: Fink.
  • Institutionalizing informal socialities: Dalit urban poor in Dharavi, in: Hugo Gorringe, Roger Jeffery and Suryakant Waghmore (eds.), From the Margins to the Mainstream. Institutionalising Minorities in South Asia, New Delhi: Sage 2016, 245-260.
  • Slum as Achievement. Governmentality and the Agency of Slum Dwellers, in: Eveline Hust and Michael Mann (eds.), Urbanization and Governance in India, New Delhi: Manohar / Centre de Sciences Humaines / South Asia Institute 2005, 103-123.