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The First Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in African Studies

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Prof. Dr. Benjamin Kirby

Junior Professor for the Study of Religion

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

  • Religion in African settings (and beyond)
  • Religious politics
  • Urban environments and processes; infrastructure as a lens for studying religion
  • Intersections between religion and popular commerce
  • Self-presentation and everyday social interaction
  • Regional foci: Tanzania, South Africa, Indian Ocean, Hong Kong SAR


University of Bayreuth
Universitätsstraße 30, GW II, Room 1.13
D-95447 Bayreuth



Professional Background

Since 2022

Junior Professor for the Study of Religion with focus on global entanglements at the University of Bayreuth

2018 – 2022

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. Project title: “The Politics of Religious Infrastructure: Christian and Muslim Urban Worlds in Africa”

2013 – 2017

Ph.D. (University of Leeds). Thesis title: “Muslim Mobilisation, Urban Informality, and the Politics of Development in Tanzania: An Ethnography of the Kariakoo Market District”

2012 – 2013

M.A. Religion and Public Life (University of Leeds)

2007 – 2010

B.A. Theology (Pembroke College, University of Oxford)


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