Anja-Maria Bassimir, M.A.wiss. Mitarbeiterin (DFG Stelle), Abteilung Scheiding
I am a historian and religious studies scholar and so far have specialized in the religious history of the United States. I recently completed doctoral work focusing on evangelicalism in the United States. For my next project, I will focus on regionalism in the upper mid-west.
I am a member of the DFG research group “Un/Doing Differences: Practices of Human Differentiation” working with Prof. Oliver Scheiding on a project entitled “Pluralism, Boundary-Making, and Community-Building in North-American Religious Periodicals.” The project explores the role religious periodicals play in producing and perpetuating religion as a difference that matters or sense of belonging and identity people choose to ascribe to. In this context, Prof. Scheiding and I organized the lecture series “Religion and Media” (summer 2014, PDF), the international conference “Religious Press and Print Culture” (November 2014), and a workshop on religion and new media with Prof. Heidi Campbell (June 2016). An edited volume, The Press and the Pulpit (2017), was published by Cambridge Scholars.
I studied ancient and contemporary history, religious studies, and American studies in Germany and the United States. I received a BA degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, USA and an MA degree from Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen. In November 2016, I defended my PhD thesis at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster. The as yet unpublished manuscript is titled “The Evangelicalism Project: Visions of Spiritual Community in Evangelical Magazines during the 1970s and 1980s.” From April 2010 to April 2013, I worked as lecturer (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) in the department of History at the University of Münster. In May 2013, I joined DFG research group Un/Doing Differences at the University of Mainz. I am a member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien (DGfA) and the Deutsche Vereinigung für Religionswissenschaft (DVRW), where I am a speaker of the workgroup “Religionen und Politik.”
Bassimir, Anja-Maria. The Evangelicalism Project: Visions of Spiritual Community in Evangelical Magazines during the 1970s and 1980s (Dissertation). In preparation.
Bassimir, Anja-Maria and Kathrin Kohle. “Evangelikale und Massenmedien, Strukturen in den USA.” Eds. Frederik Elwert et al. Handbuch Evangelikalismus. Bielefeld: Transcript, forthcoming 2017.
Scheiding, Oliver and Anja-Maria Bassimir, eds. The Press and the Pulpit: Religious Periodicals and Publishing in Transnational Contexts. Cambridge Scholars. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2017. pp. 204 and Illustrations.
Bassimir, Anja-Maria. “Evangelical Magazines in a Digital Age.” Eds. Oliver Scheiding and Anja-Maria Bassimir. The Press and the Pulpit: Religious Periodicals and Publishing in Transnational Contexts. Cambridge Scholars. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2017. 145-167.
Bassimir, Anja-Maria. “Worshipping Washington: Evangelikale und Zivilreligion.” Eds. Heike Bungert and Jana Weiß. Zivilreligion in den USA im 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt am Main: Campus, 2017.
Scheiding, Oliver and Anja-Maria Bassimir. “Religion – Schrift – Differenz: Materialität und Presseforschung im Spiegel evangelikaler Zeitschriften der USA.” Eds. Herbert Kalthoff et al. Materialität: Herausforderung für die Sozial- und Kulturwissenschaften. München: Wilhelm Fink, 2016.
I have taught courses in US history and cultural studies, including Cultural Studies I, and courses focusing, for example, on evangelicalism, religion and media, conservatism, women’s history, and social movements.
Anja-Maria Bassimir, M.A.
Office hours: Thursdays, 14-16
- DFG Research Group “Un/Doing Differences: Praktiken der Humandifferenzierung”
- International conference “Religious Press and Print Culture”