LUMS Faculty lectures at Anthropological Museum, Germany
Dr. Lukas Werth, Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at LUMS gave a lecture at an event organised at the Anthropological Museum at Heidelberg, Germany. The event held on July 18, 2012, was organised by the Deutsch-Indische Gesellschaft (Indo-German Society).
Dr. Werth’s lecture was titled ‘Sufi Shrines and the Savonarola Syndrome in Punjab.’ The lecture explored the traditional ideas about sufi shrines and saints in Punjab, with references to Sindh, and explored relations, differences and tensions to reformist movements with respect to theology and power.
Dr. Werth has been teaching anthropology at LUMS since 2008. He was also involved in the creation of the History Major at LUMS. He received his PhD in 1992 from the Free University of Berlin for an ethnography about the Vagri, a peripatetic group in South India. In 1997 he received a research grant from the German Research Society (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, D.F.G.) to do field work in Punjab. Since then he has been conducting research in Pakistan with a special emphasis on living Sufism. During this time, he has became deeply involved in photography both as an anthropological endeavor and as an art form.
His research interests include kinship; economy; religion; aspects of Islam (South Asian Islam, Sufism, reformist movements and Islamic modernism) and Hinduism; theories of modernity; concept of meaning in anthropology; position of ethics and self in anthropology.