Susanne Schenk, M.A.

schenk_HP_small_02Ph.D. Candidate

University of Zurich
Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Andreasstrasse 15

CH-8050 Zurich

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Ph.D. Research Project: “Nonreligion in Sweden – Humanistic Organizations and their Influence on Social Change” (Working Title)

Research Interests: Secularity, Nonreligion, Humanism, Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Religion, Qualitative Social Research, Regional Focus Sweden.

Curriculum Vitae:

  • Since January 2013 research associate in the Emmy Noether-Project “The Diversity of Nonreligion” at Frankfurt University, headed by Dr. Johannes Quack
  • 2010 – 2012 student assistant in the project “Multiple Secularities” at Leipzig University, headed by Prof. Dr. Monika Wohlrab-Sahr
  • 2009 – 2012 student of Cultural Studies (Master of Arts) at Leipzig University,
    Thesis: Säkularität und Bildung in Schweden- Eine qualitative Analyse des religiös-säkularen Verhältnisses in Schulen mit konfessionellem Profil [Secularity and Education in Sweden – A Qualitative Analysis of the Religious-Secular Relation in Schools with a Confessional Profile]
  • 2008 Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies and Philosophy at Bremen University


  • Schenk, Susanne/ Burchardt, Marian/ Wohlrab-Sahr, Monika (2015): Religious diversity in the neoliberal welfare state: Secularity and the ethos of egalitarianism in Sweden. International Sociology 30 (1): 3-20.

Presentations and Papers presented at Conferences and Workshops:

  • Organization (together with Cora Schuh) of the panel „Non-Religion in Question: Ethics, Equality, and Justice“ at the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology „Facing an Un-equal World: Challenges for Global Sociology“, Yokohama, Japan, July 13 to 19, 2014.
  • „Nonreligious Actors and Their ‘Others’ – How Questions of Justice Become Mat-ters of Identity“. Presentation in the panel „Non-Religion in Question: Ethics, Equali-ty, and Justice“, XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology „Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology“, Yokohama, Japan, July 13 to 19, 2014.
  • Participation at the discussion forum „The Critical Religion Association vs. the Non-Religion and Secularity Research Network“, Modern Government, Sovereignty and the Category of Religion. An interdisciplinary conference on Critical Religion Theory, Uppsala, Schweden, May 8 to 11, 2014.
  • „Die Beziehung von Nichtreligion und Religion – Eine Annäherung anhand einer Analyse der Angebote und Aktivitäten humanistischer Organisationen in Schweden“. Presentation at the 31st annual conference of the DVRW, Göttingen, September 11-14, 2013.
  •  „Secularity for the sake of societal integration and progress: Debates about the place of religion in the educational system of Sweden“.
    Presentation at the 32nd ISSR conference, Turku-Åbo, June 27-30, 2013.
  • „Not religious, nonreligious, or indifferent to religion? Organized humanism and freethinking in Sweden and the Philippines“. Presentation together with Alexander Blechschmidt at the Workshop «Être indifférent aujourd’hui en France et en Allemagne: entre religion, spiritualité et sécularisme», Strasbourg, May 23-24, 2013.