Faculty Profile

Dr. Lukas Albert Paul Werth

Assistant Professor

Humanities & Social Sciences

Since December 2008, Lukas Werth teaches anthropology at LUMS. He has also been involved in the creation of a history major at LUMS. Having received his PhD in 1992 from the Free University of Berlin for an ethnography about the Vagri, a peripatetic group in South India, Lukas Werth was an Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) there from 1990 to 1997. After that, he had research grants from the German Research Society (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, D.F.G.) to do field work in the Punjab of Pakistan where he had worked since 1993. Ever since, he continued to do research in Pakistan with a special emphasis on living Sufism. During these years, he became deeply involved in photography both as an anthropological endeavor and as an art form. He regards photography as an independent form of visual art capable of making statements relevant to the contemporary world.

He combines this with his anthropological interests, that is, he explores an artistic vision inspired by anthropological perspectives. One main topic of this combination is the exploration of cultural contexts in Pakistan which he tries to present in a personal vision, leading away from common Western prejudices, and also appealing to a spectator familiar with the contexts depicted. He taught from 1991 to 2008 at different Universities of Germany: Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University, Berlin, and the Technical University for the Restoration of Art in Berlin. His theoretical interests include meaning, self, ethics and aesthetics in Anthropological thought; different aspects of religion as such, Islam, including Sufism and fundamentalism, Hinduism, kinship, rituals, concepts of modernity and Western thought, and peripatetic societies. Areas of his ethnographic interests are South Asia, most notably Pakistan and India, Western contexts, as the development of Western visual arts and the place of photography in this context

TitleSemesterCode
Introduction to Cultural AnthropologyFall Semester 2014-151401
Modernity as a Way of LifeFall Semester 2014-151401
Senior Project IFall Semester 2014-151401
Senior Project IIFall Semester 2014-151401
Classical Anthropological TheorySpring Semester 2014-151402
Independent StudySpring Semester 2014-151402
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2014-151402
Introduction to Cultural AnthropologyFall Semester 2015-161501
Senior Project IFall Semester 2015-161501
Anthropology of ArtFall Semester 2015-161501
Senior Project IFall Semester 2015-161501
Senior Project ISpring Semester 2015-161502
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2015-161502
Children Of AbrahamSpring Semester 2015-161502
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2015-161502
Modernity as a Way of LifeFall Semester 2016-171601
Senior Project IFall Semester 2016-171601
Economic Anthropology: An IntroductionSpring Semester 2016-171602
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2016-171602
South Asian IdentitiesSpring Semester 2016-171602
South Asian IdentitiesSpring Semester 2016-171602
Senior ProjectSummer Semester 2016-171603
Introduction to Cultural AnthropologyFall Semester 2017-181701
Introduction to Cultural AnthropologyFall Semester 2017-181701
Anthropology of ArtFall Semester 2017-181701
Senior ProjectFall Semester 2017-181701
  • Past Courses
    TitleSemesterCode
    Sufism in South AsiaWinter Qtr 2008-09802
    Caste in South AsiaWinter Qtr 2008-09802
    Introduction to Cultural AnthropologySpring Qtr 2008-2009803
    Independent StudySpring Qtr 2008-2009803
    The Photographic Image in Anthropology: Documentation at Aesthetic levelSpring Qtr 2008-2009803
    Senior ProjectSummer Qtr 2008-09804
    Independent StudyFall Semester 2009-10901
    Islamic Expressions of Life in Different Cultural ContextsFall Semester 2009-10901
    The Hunter-Gatherer DebateFall Semester 2009-10901
    Independent StudySpring Semester 2009-10902
    Independent StudySpring Semester 2009-10902
    Modernity as a Way of LifeSpring Semester 2009-10902
    Senior Project ISpring Semester 2009-10902
    Introduction to Historical StudiesSpring Semester 2009-10902
    Independent StudySummer Semester 2009-10903
    Classical Anthropological TheoryFall Semester 2010-111001
    Senior Project ISpring Semester 2010-111002
    Sufism & its Social Dimensions: An IntroductionSpring Semester 2010-111002
    Anthropology of ArtSpring Semester 2010-111002
    Classical Anthropological TheoryFall Semester 2011-121101
    Mysticism & Conspiracy TheoriesFall Semester 2011-121101
    Introduction to Cultural AnthropologySpring Semester 2011-121102
    Classical Anthropological TheorySpring Semester 2011-121102
    Modernity as a Way of LifeFall Semester 2012-131201
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2012-131201
    Anthropology of ArtFall Semester 2012-131201
    Senior Project ISpring Semester 2012-131202
    Senior Project IISpring Semester 2012-131202
    Senior Project IISummer Semester 2012-131203
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2013-141301
    Children Of AbrahamFall Semester 2013-141301
    Introduction to Cultural AnthropologySpring Semester 2013-141302
    Classical Anthropological TheorySpring Semester 2013-141302
    Independent StudySpring Semester 2013-141302
    Senior Project IISpring Semester 2013-141302