Prof. Roman Loimeierreligion (specialization in Islam), maritime and seafaring, catastrophes, conflict in postcolonial Africa, time and space
Prof. Roman Loimeier is professor of anthropology at the University of Göttingen and a specialist for the ‘anthropology of Islam’ at the Institute of social and cultural anthropology and the ethnographic collection. Since 1981, he has done fieldwork in Senegal, Northern Nigeria and Tanzania, and has built an impressive expertise on Muslim societies in sub-Saharan Africa. His work on Muslim societies in Africa has a strong focus on the historical development of these societies. At the same time, Professor Loimeier works on contemporary dynamics of social change, in particular, the development of Muslim movements of reform. This focus of research is also the theme of an ERC Advanced Grant (‘Private Pieties’, 2016-2021) that covers new forms of piety among Muslims in Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran and Pakistan. Apart from this focus of research, Professor Loimeier is working on concepts of time and space as well as ‘catastrophe’ as an anthropological theme.