Heiko Henkel

Heiko Henkel


I am currently working on a larger research project that combines a focus on 'Religious Citizens' in Denmark with a comparative perspective on Religious Citizens in Spain, Turkey, and across Europe. (see below). My current research interest has grown out of longstanding interest in contemporary European society, its historical formation, and the social and political trends that shape its future.

Since the late 1990s my research has focused on the Turkish Islamic tradition in contemporary Turkey and Germany. I am interested in the social conditions that shape interpretations of the Islamic tradition by Muslim practitioners as well as by non-Muslims. A central theme in my research is the repertoire of institutions and disciplines that practicing Muslims employ to shape their lifeworlds as Muslim lifeworlds and themselves as pious Muslims. Further research interests include: Northern European social history; current transformations of Western European and Turkish society and identity; the anthropology of ritual and literacy; governmentality and subject formation; concepts of security and the good life; Western development interventions, the didactics of teaching anthropology and history.

Before coming to Copenhagen I taught at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver and Williams College (Mass.).

Regional specialisation: Denmark, Germany, Europe, Turkey, the Muslim world

Thematic specialisation: Islamic traditions in Turkey, Denmark, and across Europe; Religious Citizens and nation state in Denmark and across Europe; Struggles for recognition: conflict and integration.

Member of the researcher groups: Conflict, Power and Politics, and Religion and Subjectivity.

Islam, Protestantism, Religion and Secularism, Ritual and ritualization, practice theory, the anthropology of politics, literacy, moral traditions and social movements, western/northern European social history and history of ideas, European integration, History of Anthropology.

Aktuel forskning

Currently most of my research is related to a research project called

Religious Citizens: Religious affect and varieties of European secularity in Denmark, Spain, and Turkey

(Danish Research Council, Project ID: DFF – 1319-00147)

Together with Anders Berg-Sørensen (Political Science, KU) and the PhD fellows Astrid Grue and Ida Hartmann (Anthropology, UCPH) I explore the continuities and variations of the secular embeddedness of dominant religious traditions across Europe. We focus on three national case studies  (Protestants in Denmark, Catholics in Spain, Sunni Muslims in Turkey) as well as a pan-European study on the intersection of dominant religious traditions with the nation state and civil societ. 

Please see our project website

I am also working on a book project tentatively entitled ‘Contesting Danish Civility’ that is concerned with current and historical struggles for recognition in Denmark over what is seen as being properly Danish – and thus as the defining the legitimate ground on which citizens can formulate and contest conflicting demands for recognition.

Udvalgte publikationer

  1. Udgivet

    Turkish Islam in Germany: A Problematic Tradition or the Fifth Project of Constitutional Patriotism?

    Henkel, Heiko, 2008, I : Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. 28, 1, s. 113-123

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikel

  2. Udgivet

    One foot rooted in Islam, the other foot circling the world: Tradition and engagement in a Turkish Sufi cemaat

    Henkel, Heiko, 2009, Sufism Today: Heritage and Tradition in the Global Community. Raudvere, C. & Stenberg, L. (red.). London: I.B. Tauris, s. 103-116 14 s.

    Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til bog/antologiForskning

  3. Udgivet

    Denmark: The Islamic threat in Europe – who is afraid of what

    Henkel, Heiko, feb. 2013, Islamist Movements of Europe . Peter, F. (red.). London: I.B. Tauris, 6 s. 68

    Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til bog/antologiForskning

  4. Udgivet

    Public Anthropology 353 The Political Anthropology of Scandinavia after July 22, 2011

    Henkel, Heiko, jun. 2012, I : American Anthropologist. 114, 2, s. 353-355 3 s.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftKommentar/debat

  5. Udgivet

    Fundamentally Danish?

    Henkel, Heiko, 2010, I : Human Architecture. 8, 2, s. 67-82 15 s.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikel

  6. Udgivet

    Religiöse Praxis und republikanische Staatsbürgerschaft: Das Gebet als ritueller Anker in der islamischen Tradition

    Henkel, Heiko, 2012, Die Sunna leben: Zur Dynamik islamischer Religionspraxis in Deutschland. Schrode, P. & Simon, U. (red.). Ergon-Verlag, s. 49-65 17 s. (MUSLIMISCHE WELTEN).

    Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til bog/antologiForskning

  7. Udgivet

    The Location of Islam: Inhabiting Istanbul in a Muslim way

    Henkel, Heiko, 2007, I : American Ethnologist. 34, 1, s. 57-70 13 s.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikel

  8. Udgivet

    Between Belief and Unbelief lies the Performance of Salat. Meaning and Efficacy of a Muslim Ritual

    Henkel, Heiko, 2005, I : Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 11, 3, s. 487-507 20 s.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikel

  9. Udgivet

    Converging Religion, Diverging Affect: A Review of Esra Özyürek's Being German, Becoming Muslim

    Henkel, Heiko, jun. 2015

    Publikation: AndetUdgivelser på nettet - Net-publikationForskning

  10. Udgivet

    Nydanskere skubbes ud af dialogen om Danmarks fremtid

    Henkel, Heiko, 7 mar. 2013, I : Opinionen.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftBidrag til avis - Kronik

  11. Udgivet

    Contesting Danish Civility: The Cartoon Crisis as Transitional Drama

    Henkel, Heiko, 2011, The question of integration: Immigration, exclusion and the Danish welfare state. Olwig, K. F. & Paerregaard, K. (red.). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, s. 129-149 21 s.

    Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til bog/antologiForskning

Udvalgte aktiviteter

  1. At the edges of civility: Halal as a double wedge issue

    Henkel, Heiko (Foredragsholder)
    19 maj 2015

    Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentation - typerForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

  2. Bounded Knowledge of Cultural Schemes: A Danish Rejoinder

    Henkel, Heiko (Foredragsholder)
    20 nov. 2015

    Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentation - typerForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

  3. Protestant secularism and the limits of Danish civility

    Henkel, Heiko (Foredragsholder)
    21 apr. 2015

    Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentation - typerForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

  4. Religious citizens in Spain - Opus Dei

    Henkel, Heiko (Deltager)
    29 sep. 20153 okt. 2015

    Aktivitet: Deltagelse i eller arrangement af en begivenhed - typerDeltagelse i workshop, seminar og kursus

  5. Religious Citizens Workshop

    Henkel, Heiko (Arrangør)
    20 aug. 201422 aug. 2014

    Aktivitet: Deltagelse i eller arrangement af en begivenhed - typerOrganisation af og deltagelse i konference

  6. Charity, Philanthropy and development

    Henkel, Heiko (Taler)
    18 maj 2014

    Aktivitet: Deltagelse i eller arrangement af en begivenhed - typerDeltagelse i workshop, seminar og kursus

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