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Dr. Lorenz Trein

Dr. Lorenz Trein

Academic staff member


Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Interfaculty Programme for the Study of Religion
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
D-80539 Munich, Germany

Room: A U126
Phone: +49 (0)89 2180-2142

Office hours:
by appointment (via E-mail)

Further Information

Lorenz Trein is assistant professor at the Chair for Religious Studies (faculty 10). Currently he is writing a book about religious distinctions and the historicizing of conceptions of time and history in secularization debates and their continuous effects (Habilitation thesis). Other projects he conducted so far regarded the connections of the discourse on Islam, history of concepts, and European history of religion during the late 19th and early 20th century (PhD at University of Basel), as well as Islam politics related premises in secular and post-secular debates about religion. Further fields of interest: Religion in historical and cultural time regimes, the significance of emotional history and affect theory for religious studies, general and comparative history of religions. Publications amongst others in Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, Political Theology, ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies, Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte. Several teaching assignments at the University of Basel. Scholarships: Research fund fellow at University of Basel, acceptance as PhD-scholar and fellow at Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt (declined), Junior-Researcher-in-Residence at the Center for Advanced Studies, LMU Munich.



On Genealogy Critique of Secularized Christianity, in: Political Theology 22/6 (2021), 457-474.

Narratives of Disenchantment and Secularization: Critiquing Max Weber's Idea of Modernity, ed. with Robert A. Yelle, London (Bloomsbury Academic) 2021.

Feeling Religion (As a Matter of Method): Historical Meaning and Affective Engagement in the Study of Religion, in: Religion Compass 13/8 (2019), 1-11.

Governing the Fear of Islam: Thinking Islamophobia through the Politics of Secular Affect in Historical Debate, in: ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies 4/1 (2018), 44-58.

Begriffener Islam: Zur diskursiven Formation eines Kollektivsingulars und zum Islamdiskurs einer europäischen Wissenschafts- und Religionsgeschichte, Würzburg (Ergon) 2015.

“But try to remember, this is a work of fiction”: Zur Fiktionalisierung von Religion in Assassin’s Creed, with Christian Dölker, in Religion und Literatur im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert: Motive, Sprechweisen, Medien, edited by Tim Lörke and Robert Walter-Jochum, Göttingen (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Unipress) 2015, 667-679.