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Dr. Amrei Sander

Associate Member

0049-341-97 37 772

amrei.sander@uni-leipzig.de

Areas of Interest

  • Sociology of religion(s)
  • Sociology and theology of German free churches
  • Gender and religion
  • Feminism and gender equality
  • Science and religion
  • Islamic reformism, specially literal sense-orientated movements and feminist theology

Research project: Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum of Global Perspectives (SRES2)

This international and multidisciplinary research projects seeks to analyse how scientists and members of the public conceptualise the relationship between biological evolution and religion, and by extension the relationship between science, rationality and religion. It aims to build a better understanding of how members of the public view that relationship across different cultural and social contexts and differing religious, spiritual and non-religious groups. It thus tries to provide a global evidence base for non-reductionist models of effectively engaging diverse publics and faith groups with evolutionary science.


SRES2 employs four intersecting research strands: qualitative social science field research; global history, historical and media discourse analysis; social psychology experimental research; and large-scale quantitative surveys of public perceptions, attitudes and identity formation. The qualitative social science strand will involve focus groups and semi-structured interviews in Spain, Germany, Argentina, Australia and Sri Lanka, carried out with religious and non-religious members of the public and scientists working in the life, biological and medical sciences. I will conduct the qualitative research in Germany.


The research questions for the qualitative strand are:

  • How do interview and focus group participants perceive the relationship between science and religion in general?
  • Do participants perceive a necessary clash between science and belief in their own worldview, and/or in that of others? If so, what is the nature of this clash? If not, why not?
  • How do participants perceive religious evolutionary scientists? What preconceptions/prejudices do participants hold about scientists with religious beliefs?
  • Do research participants have any experience of misconceptions or prejudices relating to the beliefs they hold about evolutionary science?
  • What is the level of cognitive dissonance and/or social projection in relation to evolution and personal belief within each research group? Do levels vary within or between groups?
  • Who do research participants see as an authority on matters of science? Does it matter if these questions are raised in a “religious” or a “secular” space?
  • Do publics’ perceptions of science in relation to their own beliefs inhibit or encourage their levels of engagement with or trust in different aspects of evolutionary science research on a day-to-day level?

SRES2, like its predecessor SRES1 – which focused the UK and Canada – is funded by the Templeton Religious Trust. It is hosted by the University of Birmingham.

Biography

2019 - present

Research Associate, “Science and Religion 2”, University of Birmingham and HCAS “Multiple Secularities – Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities”, Leipzig University (Germany)

2018-2019

Project coordinator, “I_Pro Mitte”, intersectional support programme for female* PhD students and PostDocs at Humboldt University, Berlin (Germany)

2018

PhD (Dr. phil.), Faculty of Theology, Humboldt University, Berlin

2016-2018

Lecturer, Faculty of Theology, Humboldt University, Berlin

2015-2016

PhD-scholarship Elsa-Neumann-Stiftung

2014-2015

Lecturer, Faculty of Theology, Humboldt University, Berlin

2012-2018

Deputy gender equality officer for the Humboldt University, Berlin

2013-2014

Scholarship Caroline-von-Humboldt programme (Scholarship for female students)

2011-2013

Master of Arts, Religion and Culture, Humboldt University, Berlin

Relevant Publications

  • Sander, Amrei. “Salafismus / Salafiyya Als Historische Reformbewegung Und Ihr Einfluss Auf Islamische Strömungen Der Gegenwart.” Evangelische Theologie 79, no. 3 (2019): 193–209. doi:10.14315/evth-2019-790306.
  • Sander, Amrei. “Für Ein Respektvolles Miteinander in Der Lehre.” Humboldt Chancengleich 9, no. 12 (2017): 60.
  • Sander, Amrei. „Berührungspunkte feministischer islamischer und christlicher Theologie.“ George-Anawati-Stiftung (published online in 2016, https://www.anawati.de/export/sites/anawati/.content/.galleries/downloads/Sander_Beruehrungspunkte_feministischer_islamischer_und_christlicher_Theologie.pdf).
  • Sander, Amrei. “Kein Ausschluss Durch Sprache.” Humboldt Chancengleich 7, no. 11 (2015): 38.