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

Semester Title Code
Spring Semester 2017-18 Senior Project 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Senior Project 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Children Of Abraham 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Classical Anthropological Theory 1702
Fall Semester 2017-18 Senior Project 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Senior Project 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Senior Project 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Independent Study 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Anthropology of Art 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1701
Summer Semester 2016-17 Senior Project 1603
Spring Semester 2016-17 South Asian Identities 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 South Asian Identities 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Senior Project II 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Economic Anthropology: An Introduction 1602
Fall Semester 2016-17 Senior Project I 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Modernity as a Way of Life 1601
Spring Semester 2015-16 Senior Project II 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Children Of Abraham 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Senior Project II 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Senior Project I 1502
Fall Semester 2015-16 Senior Project I 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Anthropology of Art 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Senior Project I 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1501
Spring Semester 2014-15 Senior Project II 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Independent Study 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Classical Anthropological Theory 1402
Fall Semester 2014-15 Senior Project II 1401
Fall Semester 2014-15 Senior Project I 1401
Fall Semester 2014-15 Modernity as a Way of Life 1401
Fall Semester 2014-15 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1401
  • Past Courses
    Semester Title Code
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Senior Project II 1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Independent Study 1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Classical Anthropological Theory 1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1302
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Children Of Abraham 1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Senior Project I 1301
    Summer Semester 2012-13 Senior Project II 1203
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Senior Project II 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Senior Project I 1202
    Fall Semester 2012-13 Anthropology of Art 1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13 Senior Project I 1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13 Modernity as a Way of Life 1201
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Classical Anthropological Theory 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1102
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Mysticism & Conspiracy Theories 1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Classical Anthropological Theory 1101
    Spring Semester 2010-11 Anthropology of Art 1002
    Spring Semester 2010-11 Sufism & its Social Dimensions: An Introduction 1002
    Spring Semester 2010-11 Senior Project I 1002
    Fall Semester 2010-11 Classical Anthropological Theory 1001
    Summer Semester 2009-10 Independent Study 903
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Introduction to Historical Studies 902
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Senior Project I 902
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Modernity as a Way of Life 902
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Independent Study 902
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Independent Study 902
    Fall Semester 2009-10 The Hunter-Gatherer Debate 901
    Fall Semester 2009-10 Islamic Expressions of Life in Different Cultural Contexts 901
    Fall Semester 2009-10 Independent Study 901
    Summer Qtr 2008-09 Senior Project 804
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009 The Photographic Image in Anthropology: Documentation at Aesthetic level 803
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009 Independent Study 803
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 803
    Winter Qtr 2008-09 Caste in South Asia 802
    Winter Qtr 2008-09 Sufism in South Asia 802