Prof. Dr. Johannes Quack

Principal Investigator

University of Zurich (UZH)
Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Andreasstrasse 15

CH-8050 Zurich

Phone: +41 44 635 22 42
Email: johannes.quack@uzh.ch

Web: http://www.isek.uzh.ch/aboutus/team/johannesquack.html

Research Project: India / Germany

Regional Focus: India (North-India); Europe (Germany)
Research Interests: Hinduistic traditions; Criticism of religion, (post-)secularism and nonreligion; Ritual theory, action theory and practice theory; Medical anthropology, religion and (mental) health/illness; Qualitative research; History of anthropology and religious studies.

Publications:

Monograph

Edited Volumes

  • The Problem of Ritual Efficacy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010 (with William Sax and Jan Weinhold).
  • Journal of Ritual Studies (Special Issue: „The Efficacy of Rituals“). Volume 24 (1&2), 2010 (with William Sax).
  • Religion und Kritik in der Moderne (Reihe: Religionen in der pluralen Welt, Bd. 9). Berlin: LIT-Verlag, 2012, (mit Ulrich Berner).

Articles (peer-reviewed)

  • „Bell, Bourdieu and Wittgenstein on Ritual Sense“. In William Sax, Johannes Quack and Jan Weinhold, The Problem of Ritual Efficacy. New York: Oxford University Press 169-188, 2010.
  • „Introduction: The Efficacy of Rituals“. In Journal of Ritual Studies 24 (1) 5-12, 2010 (mit William Sax).
  • „Questioning Ritual Efficacy“. In Journal of Ritual Studies 24 (1) 13-26, 2010 (mit Paul Töbelman).
  • „Reflexive Remarks on Science, Ritual and Neutrality in the Social Sciences“. In Udo Simon, Reflexivity and Discourse on Ritual. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 201-218, 2010.
  • „Memory, Religion and Museal Spaces“. In Journal for the Study of European Religions 4 (1): 134–156, 2011 (mit Jens Kugele and Maud Jahn).
  • „Organized Atheism in India: An Overview“. In Journal of Contemporary Religion 27 (1): 67-85, 2012.
  • „Ignorance and Utilization: Mental Health Care outside the Purview of the Indian State“. In Anthropology and Medicine 19 (3): 277-290, 2012.
  • „‘What do I know?’ Scholastic fallacies and pragmatic religiosity in mental health seeking behaviour in India“. In Mental Health, Religion & Culture 16 (4): 403-418, 2013.
  • “Outline of a Relational Approach to ‘Nonreligion’”. In Method & Theory in the Study of Religion 26 (4-5): 439-469, 2014.
  • “Godless people and dead bodies: materiality and the morality of atheist materialism” (with Jacob Copeman). In Social Analysis, Volume 59, Number 2, Summer 2015. (Special Issue, edited by Ruy Llera Blanes and Galina Oustinove-Stjepanovic: Being godless: ethnographies of atheism and non-religion.)

Further Articles

  • „Is to ignore to deny? Säkularisierung, Säkularität und Säkularismus in Indien“. In Martin Bauman and Frank Neubert, Religionspolitik, Öffentlichkeit, Wissenschaft: Studien zur Neuformierung von Religion in der Gegenwart. Zürich: PANO-Verlag 291-317, 2010.
  • „Asymmetrical translations of biomedicine in India: The cases of contemporary Āyurveda and psychiatry“. In Vienna Ethnological Newsletter 13 (2-3): 13-24, 2011 (mit Ananda S. Chopra).
  • „Einleitung: Religionswissenschaft, Religion und Kritik in der Moderne“. In Ulrich Berner and Johannes Quack, Religion und Kritik in der Moderne. Berlin: LIT-Verlag, 9-31, 2012.
  • „Arten des Unglaubens als ‚Mentalität‘: Religionskritische Traditionen in Indien“. In Ulrich Berner and Johannes Quack, Religion und Kritik in der Moderne. Berlin: LIT-Verlag, 115-140, 2012.
  • „Hinduism, Atheism, and Rationalism“ (5000 Words). In Knut A. Jacobsen et al., Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism (Vol. IV). Leiden: Brill, 626-632, 2012.
  • “Was ist “Nichtreligion”? Feldtheoretische Argumente für ein relationales Verständnis eines eigenständigen Forschungsgebietes”. In P. Antes and S. Führding, Säkularität in religionswissenschaftlicher Perspektive. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht unipress, 87-107, 2013.
  • “Ritus und Ritual”. In C. Brosius, A. Michaels and P. Schrode, Schlüsselbegriffe der Ritualtheorie. Stuttgart: UTB, 197-204, 2013.

Forthcoming Articles and Edited Volumes:

Edited Volumes

  • Asymmetrical Conversations: Contestations, Circumventions and the Blurring of Boundaries between Therapy and Religion in South Asia. New York: Berghahn, 2013 (with Harish Naraindas and William Sax).

Articles

  • “Porous Dividuals: Complying to the demands of a healing temple (Balaji) and a psychiatric out-patient department (OPD)”. In Harish Naraindas, Johannes Quack & William Sax, Asymmetrical Conversations: Contestations, Circumventions and the Blurring of Boundaries between Therapy and Religion in South Asia. New York: Berghahn, 2013.
  • „India“ (6000 Wörter). In Steven Bullivant und Michael Ruse, The Oxford Handbook of Atheism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.