Faculty Profile

Dr. Lukas Albert Paul Werth

Associate Professor

Department Of 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

SemesterTitleCode
Fall Semester 2018-19Modernity as a Way of Life1801
Fall Semester 2018-19Classical Anthropological Theory1801
Spring Semester 2017-18Senior Project1702
Spring Semester 2017-18Senior Project1702
Spring Semester 2017-18Children Of Abraham1702
Spring Semester 2017-18Classical Anthropological Theory1702
Fall Semester 2017-18Senior Project1701
Fall Semester 2017-18Senior Project1701
Fall Semester 2017-18Senior Project1701
Fall Semester 2017-18Independent Study1701
Fall Semester 2017-18Anthropology of Art1701
Fall Semester 2017-18Introduction to Cultural Anthropology1701
Summer Semester 2016-17Senior Project1603
Spring Semester 2016-17South Asian Identities1602
Spring Semester 2016-17South Asian Identities1602
Spring Semester 2016-17Senior Project II1602
Spring Semester 2016-17Economic Anthropology: An Introduction1602
Fall Semester 2016-17Senior Project I1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Modernity as a Way of Life1601
Spring Semester 2015-16Senior Project II1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Children Of Abraham1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Senior Project II1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Senior Project I1502
Fall Semester 2015-16Senior Project I1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Anthropology of Art1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Senior Project I1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Introduction to Cultural Anthropology1501
Spring Semester 2014-15Senior Project II1402
Spring Semester 2014-15Independent Study1402
Spring Semester 2014-15Classical Anthropological Theory1402
Fall Semester 2014-15Senior Project II1401
Fall Semester 2014-15Senior Project I1401
Fall Semester 2014-15Modernity as a Way of Life1401
Fall Semester 2014-15Introduction to Cultural Anthropology1401
  • Past Courses
    SemesterTitleCode
    Spring Semester 2013-14Senior Project II1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14Independent Study1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14Classical Anthropological Theory1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14Introduction to Cultural Anthropology1302
    Fall Semester 2013-14Children Of Abraham1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14Senior Project I1301
    Summer Semester 2012-13Senior Project II1203
    Spring Semester 2012-13Senior Project II1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Senior Project I1202
    Fall Semester 2012-13Anthropology of Art1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13Senior Project I1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13Modernity as a Way of Life1201
    Spring Semester 2011-12Classical Anthropological Theory1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12Introduction to Cultural Anthropology1102
    Fall Semester 2011-12Mysticism & Conspiracy Theories1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12Classical Anthropological Theory1101
    Spring Semester 2010-11Anthropology of Art1002
    Spring Semester 2010-11Sufism & its Social Dimensions: An Introduction1002
    Spring Semester 2010-11Senior Project I1002
    Fall Semester 2010-11Classical Anthropological Theory1001
    Summer Semester 2009-10Independent Study903
    Spring Semester 2009-10Introduction to Historical Studies902
    Spring Semester 2009-10Senior Project I902
    Spring Semester 2009-10Modernity as a Way of Life902
    Spring Semester 2009-10Independent Study902
    Spring Semester 2009-10Independent Study902
    Fall Semester 2009-10The Hunter-Gatherer Debate901
    Fall Semester 2009-10Islamic Expressions of Life in Different Cultural Contexts901
    Fall Semester 2009-10Independent Study901
    Summer Qtr 2008-09Senior Project804
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009The Photographic Image in Anthropology: Documentation at Aesthetic level803
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009Independent Study803
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009Introduction to Cultural Anthropology803
    Winter Qtr 2008-09Caste in South Asia802
    Winter Qtr 2008-09Sufism in South Asia802