Short CV/Education and training

  • 1972 – 1985
    Basic schools in Locarno (CH)

  • 1985 – 1990
    Study of Theology at the University of Fribourg and Zurich (CH)

  • 1990
    Degree in Theology with particular regard for Biblical Studies and the Study of Religion, University of Zurich (CH)

  • 1996
    PhD in Theology, University of Zurich

  • 2002
    «Habilitation» and «venia legendi» in the Study of Religion, University of Zurich

  • 1996
    Research stay at the Swiss Institute, Rome

  • 1998 – 1999
    Research stay at the University of Oxford (Queens College)

  • 2004
    Visiting fellowship at the Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento

  • 2004 – 2009
    Swiss National Foundation Professorship

  • 2010 – 2016
    Director of the Centre for Religion, Economy and Politics of the Universities of Basle, Lausanne, Lucerne, Zurich and the Collegium Helveticum, based at the University of Zurich

  • since 2016
    Professor for the Study and the History of Religion at the University of Munich (LMU)

Selected publications

  • Pezzoli-Olgiati, Daria, Religion in der Kultur erforschen. Ein Essay, Zürich: PANO 2019.

  • Pezzoli-Olgiati Daria with Wyller, Trygve/Knauss, Stefanie/Heimbrock, Hans-Günter/Sander, Hans-Joachim/Danani, Carla, Religion and Difference. Contested Contemporary Issues, Research in Contemporary Religion, Göttingen: V&R 2019.

  • Pezzoli-Olgiati Daria with Fritz, Natalie/Höpflinger, Anna-Katharina/Knauss, Stefanie/Mäder, Marie-Therese, Sichtbare Religion. Eine Einführung in die Religionswissenschaft, Studium, Berlin: De Gruyter 2018.

  • Pezzoli-Olgiati Daria with Fritz, Natalie/Mäder, Marie-Therese/Scolari, Baldassare (eds.), Leid-Bilder. Die Passionsgeschichte in der Kultur, Marburg: Schüren 2018.

  • Pezzoli-Olgiati Daria (ed.), Religion in Cultural Imaginary. Explorations in Visual und Material Practices, Religion – Wirtschaft – Politik 13, Zürich: Pano/Baden-Baden: Nomos 2015



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Research group "Media and Religion"

    http://www.media-religion.org

    with details of all current projects

  • For further information

    http://pezzoli-olgiati.ch

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of different societies of the Study of Religion in Europe and the USA (SGR-SSSR, DVRW, SIRT, SBL, ARR)

Media coverage

Working project within international networks:

Additional qualifications

  • Experience in inter- and transdisciplinary research and academic teaching

  • Experience in foundraising for research projects

  • Experience in management of academic projects and structures

  • Several research fundings for research projects by the Swiss National Science Foundation and other competitive programs


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • married, two children


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