Birgit Staemmler

Birgit Staemmler studied Japanese and Anthropology in London (SOAS), Heidelberg and Tübingen. She completed her PhD in 2002 with a thesis about “Chinkon kishin: Mediated Spirit Possession in Japanese New Religions,” whch was (published in 2009 by LIT Verlag. She is currently in Tübingen working on a research project about Japanese religions and individual religious specialists and the Internet. She co-edited with Erica Baffelli and Ian Reader Japanese Religions on the Internet: Innovation, Representation and Authority (Routledge, 2011) and co-edited with with Ulrich Dehn Establishing the Revolutionary: An Introduction to New Religions in Japan” (LIT Verlag, 2011).