Short CV/Education and training

  • 1980
    Abitur (A-levels) in Springe, Germany

  • 1980 – 1981
    Year of voluntary social/charitable work through "intertat" at the Lower Saxony state school for the blind (Niedersächsische Landesblindenschule) in Hannover, Germany

  • 1981 – 1984
    Studied special education at the University of Oldenburg, Germany

  • 1984 – 1990
    Studied science of religions at the University of Bremen, Germany; Diplom degree 1990

  • 1990 – 1992
    Carried out an empirical study on the situation and state of women in the Protestant Church in Bremen, Germany

  • 1992 – 1995
    Fellowship for the interdisciplinary German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Training Group "Religion in modern life" in the Department of Protest Theology at Marburg University, Germany

  • 1996 – 2000
    Lecturer in the Department of science of religions at the Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

  • 1999
    Dissertation (Dr phil.) in the field of science of religions at the Leibniz University Hannover

  • 2000
    Scholarship for the "International Summer School on Gender, Citizenship, Religions in Europe" of the Associazione per lo Studio dei Fenomeni Religiosi (ASFeR) in Passignano, Italy

  • 2000 – 2006
    Assistant professor in the Department of science of religions at Leibniz University Hannover

  • 2006
    Acting professor of the theory and history of religions at the University of Bremen

  • Since 2006
    Professor of general and comparative science of religions at Marburg University

  • 2007
    Oral Habilitation colloquium at Leibniz University Hannover

  • 2005 – 2009
    Deputy chairperson of the German Association for the Science of Religions (DVRW)

  • Since 2007
    Business manager of the Department of Comparative and Cultural Research – Cultural and Social Anthropology and the Science of Religions at Marburg University

  • 2010
    Initiator and founding member of the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Science of Religions (ZIR) at Marburg University

Selected publications

  • Franke, E.: Zwischen Integration und Konflikt. Religiöse Pluralität in Indonesien. In: Franke, E., Pye, M. (eds.): Religionen Nebeneinander. Modelle religiöser Vielfalt in Ost- und Südostasien. Series: Religiöse Gegenwart Asiens / Studies in Modern Asian Religions, Vol. 3. Lit-Verlag Münster 2006, pp. 61-82.

  • Franke, E. et al.: The task and function of the academic study of religions in the face of religious diversiy. In: Religious Harmony: Problems. Practice and Education. Proceedings of the Regional Conference of the International Association for the History of Religions. Yogyakarta and Semarang. De Gruyter: Berlin, New York 2006, pp. 63-72.

  • Franke, E.: Die Erforschung lokaler Religionen als Aufgabe der Religionswissenschaft. In: Fremd und doch vertraut. Eindrücke religiöser Vielfalt in und um Hannover. Ed. by Edith Franke. Diagonal Verlag: Marburg 2005, pp. 11-22.

  • Franke, E.: Die Göttin neben dem Kreuz. Zur Entwicklung und Bedeutung weiblicher Gottesvorstellungen bei kirchlich-christlich und feministisch geprägten Frauen. Diagonal Verlag: Marburg 2002.

  • Franke, E.: Frauen Leben Religion. Ein Handbuch empirischer Forschungsmethoden. Ed. together with Gisela Matthiae and Regina Sommer. Kohlhammer Verlag: Stuttgart, Berlin, Cologne 2002.

  • Franke, E.: Feminist Orientation as an Integral Part of Religious Studies. In: REVER, Revista de Estudos da Religiao, No. 2., April 2001 ( , 1-8.).

  • Franke, E.: Die Göttin als zentraler Bezugspunkt feministischer Religiosität. In: Religion und Geschlechterverhältnis. Ed. by Ingrid Lukatis, Regina Sommer, Christof Wolf. Leske and Budrich: Opladen 2000, pp. 131-138.

  • Franke, E.: Dieu auf féminin dans l'Allemagne d'aujourd'hui. In: CLIO, Histoire, Femmes et Sociétés. "Chrétiennes" 15, 2002, pp. 85-101.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Initiator and founding member of the research association: Centre for the Interdisciplinary Science of Religions (ZIR), at Marburg University, Germany

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of review board 106 of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • Member of the directorate for Peace and Conflict Studies at Marburg University

  • Member of review board 106 of the DFG

  • Member of the executive committee of the German Association for the Science of Religions (DVRW), 2001 – 2009

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Two children (born 1991 and 1995), married since 1992


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