Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität


Jun.-Prof. Dr. Martin Zillinger

Martin Zillinger is currently Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessor) at the a.r.t.e.s. graduate school for the Humanities, University of Cologne, with a focus on Media Anthropology and Anthropology of Religion. Previously, he was a research fellow at the Media Studies Department, University of Siegen (2008-2013) and a lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Cologne (2011). He is Principal Investigator at the Collaborative Research Center „Media of Co-operation“, Siegen and the Global South Study Center, Cologne. 

Martin studied philosophy and social anthropology at Hamburg, Tübingen and Berkeley University and pursued his graduate studies in the interdisciplinary graduate research training group „The Figure of the Third“ at the University of Constance. 

He has authored numerous articles on trance mediums and new media, migration and religion. He co-edited a volume on„Trance mediums and New Media. Spirit Possession in the Age of Technical Reproduction“ for Fordham University Press in 2015 (together with H. Behrend and A. Dreschke), and a handbook on media ethnography (together with Cora Bender). In his monograph on Sufi-confraternities in Morocco and their use of new media, he reflects the relation of religion and/as media and of broader socio-technical transformation processes and ritual practice in Morocco. This work was awarded the Frobenius Research Price in 2011.

Together with the anthropologist and film-maker Anja Dreschke he realized the media installation „Trance/Media. The 'Isāwa in Morocco 1992-2012 for the exhibition „Animism“, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2012. 

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