Alexander Blechschmidt, M.A.

AB_160x203_01Ph.D. Candidate

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

CH-8050 Zurich

Phone: +41 44 635 20 04


Ph.D. Research Project: “Organized Atheism, Humanism and Freethought in the Philippines: Social Practices, Lived Experiences, and Political Dimensions of Being Nonreligious in a Religious Nation” (Working Title).

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Johannes Quack and Prof. Dr. Peter J. Bräunlein.

Regional Focus: Philippines, Southeast Asia.
Research Interests: Nonreligion, Atheism, Science & Religion, Fieldwork & Ethics.

Curriculum Vitae:

  • Since March 2013: Research assistant in the DFG funded Emmy Noether-project “The Diversity of Nonreligion” at Goethe-University Frankfurt, Department of Social & Cultural Anthropology; headed by Dr. Johannes Quack
  • 2011-2013: Student research assistant in the BMBF funded research network “Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia” (DORISEA) coordinated at Georg-August-University Göttingen, Department of Social & Cultural Anthropology.
  • 2005-2013: Student of Social/Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, and History of Science (Magister Artium) at Georg-August-University Göttingen; Thesis: “‘Our government is married to the church’ – Organisierter Atheismus und die Dynamiken von Religion und Modernität auf den Philippinen, Südostasien” [“‘Our government is married to the church’ – Organized atheism and the dynamics of religion and modernity in the Philippines, Southeast Asia”]


  • Not religious, nonreligious, or indifferent to religion? Organized humanism and freethinking in Sweden and the Philippines“. Presentation together with Susanne Schenk at the Workshop «Être indifférent aujourd’hui en France et en Allemagne: entre religion, spiritualité et sécularisme», Strasbourg, 23rd and 24th of May 2013.
  • „Against the ‘People Power Church’? Contemporary Forms of Organized Nonreli-gion and the Debate on Reproductive Health in the Philippines“. Presentation in the panel „Non-Religion in Question: Ethics, Equality, and Justice“ at the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology „Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology“, Yokohama, Japan, July 13 to 19, 2014.