Karen Lauterbach

Karen Lauterbach

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

  • Christianity in Africa
  • Religion, politics and social change
  • Religion, displacement and governance  

Current research

  • Institutional trust in Africa
  • The spiritual history and topography of urban space
  • Religion and development, religious institutions and governance
  • Wealth and charismatic Christianity in Africa

Teaching

I teach core courses on 'Introduction to African Studies', 'Religion, Culture and Society' as well as thematic courses on 'Religion and Development' and 'NGOs and Human Rights in Africa'.  

I supervise masters theses on religion, migration, culture and identity, representations of Africa, NGOs, development and governance.  

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Fakery and Wealth in African Charismatic Christianity: Moving Beyond the Prosperity Gospel as Script

    Lauterbach, K., 2019, Faith in African Lived Christianity - Bridging Anthropological and Theological Perspectives. Lauterbach, K. & Vähäkangas, M. (eds.). Brill, p. 111-132

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Christianity, Wealth, and Spiritual Power in Ghana

    Lauterbach, K., 2017, Palgrave Macmillan. 221 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Religious Entrepreneurs in Ghana

    Lauterbach, K., 2016, Cultural entrepreneurship in Africa. Röschenthaler, U. & Schulz, D. (eds.). Routledge, p. 19-36 18 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Religion and Displacement in Africa: Compassion and Sacrifice in Congolese Churches in Kampala, Uganda

    Lauterbach, K., 2014, In : Religion and Theology: A Journal of Contemporary Religious Discourse. 21, 3-4, p. 290-308 19.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Making Sense of Religious Experience and the 'Problem of Belief' in Fieldwork

    Lauterbach, K., 2013, In : SMT Swedish Missiological Themes. 101, 3-4, p. 267-280 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  6. Becoming a pastor. Youth and social aspirations in Ghana

    Lauterbach, K., 2010, In : Young. 18, 3, p. 259-278

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  7. Published

    Wealth and Worth: Pastorship and Neo-Pentecostalism in Kumasi

    Lauterbach, K., 2009, In : Ghana Studies. 9, p. 91-121

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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