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 The as yet unpublished manuscript is titled “The Evangelicalism Project: Visions of Spiritual Community in Evangelical Magazines during the 1970s and 1980s.”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.”

 

Publications

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.

 

Teaching

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.

 

 

Contact

Anja-Maria Bassimir, M.A.
SB II
Colonel-Kleinmann-Weg 2
Room 04-444

Phone: +49-6131-39-27290
bassimir@uni-mainz.de

Office hours: Thursdays, 14-16

 

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